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Leading the Academic Department: A Workshop for Chairs of Mathematical Sciences Departments

Arnie Ostebee, Jon Scott
June 11 - 14, 2009
Carriage House Conference Center
Washington, DC

Primary funding provided by the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (DUE-0817071).

We regret that this workshop will not be held in 2009.

Chairing a mathematical sciences department is vital for both the institution and the profession. With a focus on connecting vision and leadership, this workshop will help chairs become leaders as well as managers, and offers resources for new and long-serving chairs. Using a small-group, case-study approach, participants will explore a range of topics that includes the recruitment of faculty and students, review and assessment of the department and its programs, conflict resolution, workload issues, and financial concerns.


The registration fee includes access to all sessions listed below, the cost of room and tax for three nights at a hotel near the conference center, and most meals during the workshop. It does not include the cost of travelling to Washington, DC, any incidental expenses incurred at the hotel, dinner on June 13, or lunch on June 14.


All participants will stay at the Carlyle Suites Hotel, which is less than ten minutes' walk from the MAA Carriage House Conference Center. Upon checking in to the hotel, participants will be expected to present a credit card to guarantee any incidentals and they may incur, such as room service. Complimentary wireless internet will be available to you in each room, and a complimentary breakfast will be served each morning before the workshop begins. For more information about the Carlyle Suites Hotel, please visit

Draft Agenda:

Thursday, June 11

5:30pm - 6:00pm Registration
6:00pm - 7:00pm Introductions and Workshop Overview
7:00pm - 9:00pm Dinner/Reception

Friday, June 12

9:00am - 9:15am Daily Orientation
9:20am - 10:30am Discussion Session I: Case Studies on Leadership
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 12:00pm Discussion Session II: Case Studies on Students & Curricular Change
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm What Do Deans and Provosts Expect of Chairs?
2:10pm - 3:30pm Discussion Session III: Case Studies on Faculty
3:30pm - 4:00pm Break
4:00pm - 5:30pm Discussion Session IV: Faculty Issues
5:30pm - 6:00pm Break/MAA Headquarters Building Tour
6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm - 9:00pm Networking and Teamwork Exercise

Saturday, June 13

9:00am - 9:15am Daily Orientation
9:20am - 10:30am Discussion Session V: Students, Curricula, & Programs
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 12:00pm Presentation: Program Reviews
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:20pm Discussion Session VI: Managing Conflict; Finances
2:20pm - 2:40pm Break
2:40pm - 4:00pm Open Forum: Nuts and Bolts Issues

Sunday, June 14

9:00am - 9:15am Daily Orientation
9:15am - 10:00am NSF Opportunities
10:00am - 10:45am MAA Resources and Initiatives
10:45am - 11:00am Break
11:00am - 11:45am Faculty Development
11:45am - 12:00pm Participant Reflections

This agenda is tentative, and is subject to change without notice.

Questions about PREP? Contact Olga Dixon at 202-319-8498 or