photo of the 2014-2015 Council of Associate Deans in a meeting


Faculty serve as leaders in various ways. In order to support them in this role, we offer a year-long program for department chairs and directors to foster a community of practice in pursuit of the effective management of academic units. This program aims to equip chairs and directors with skills in recruiting, mentoring, supervising, and evaluating faculty, managing budget, leading departmental initiatives, cooperating with university operations, adapting to changes, among other administrative responsibilities. We also offer a year-round network for associate deans to discuss campus-wide and college-oriented initiatives, leadership topics, innovations, and priorities at OU and in higher education. Furthermore, the Office of Vice President for Research offers a knowledge-based and skill-enhancing Faculty Leadership Academy to help faculty apply leadership skills in a wide variety of contexts.

2017 Chairs and Directors Program – Best Practices for Faculty Recruitment

2016 Chairs and Directors Program – Best Practices for Faculty Recruitment

2015 – 2016 Chairs and Directors Program

Date Topic(s) Presenter(s)
Oct 20 Managing Conflict and Especially Difficult Personalities Mary Lou Higgerson, Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus Baldwin Wallace University
Nov. 20 Funding for Academic Initiatives; FY17 budget outlook; analyses of endowments; regular faculty hiring process Stewart Berkinshaw, Associate Provost and Director of Academic Financial Operations


2014 – 2015 Chairs and Directors Program

2014 – 2015 Council of Associate Deans Meetings

Date Topic(s) Presenter(s)
July 9 Kickoff Meeting
Sept 2 Digital Technologies Ken Parker, President of NextThought
Oct 7 VPR Organization Meeting {Part 1 PDF, Part 2 PDF} Alicia Knoedler, Associate Vice President of Research
Dec 4 • Price College of Business
• Academic Initiatives
Bob Dauffenbach, Associate Dean of Price College
Feb 4 • Journalism Innovations and Initiatives
• Library Initiatives and Happenings
• David Craig, Associate Dean of Journalism
• Carl Grant, Associate Dean of University Libraries
Apr 1 Overview of University Economic Development Council Bob Dauffenbach, Associate Dean of Price College
The Faculty Leadership Academy is a year-long program designed for aspiring faculty members who would like to learn the essentials of effective leadership and skills for building and maintaining a high-performing team. learn more »
Every faculty hire should be considered and treated as a strategic hire at OU. We provide a collection of best hiring practices, guidelines, memos, suggested timeline, and resources on implicit hiring bias for departments and programs. learn more »

Faculty Hiring Process

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Best Practices for Faculty Recruitment

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