II.9. Planning and Retreats

Key to meeting the responsibilities of the chair’s position is effective planning. On a daily basis, an efficient system of managerial organization can save time and energy. However, long-range and short-range planning is needed to ensure the department is meeting its obligation to continuous improvement and contributing to college and university’s mission. As the “chief academic and administrative officer for the academic unit," the chair can orchestrate planning activities to maximize faculty input and encourage the development of faculty stakeholders in the process itself. Annual faculty retreats, held at venues away from department and usual distractions, can provide an opportunity for collective interaction and creative input, especially at those times when the department is considering or launching a major new development initiative or strategic plan. The chair can later use those issues and decisions that surface at a planning retreat to remind faculty of their common goals to keep the momentum moving forward across the academic year.