2023 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs – Long Beach, CA

June 1–3, 2023 The Queen Mary Hotel


2023 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs – Long Beach, CA

Thursday, March 23

Thursday, June 1

Friday, June 2

Saturday, June 3

About the Workshops

March 23–25, 2023 · Hilton Des Moines Downtown · Des Moines, IA
May 5–7, 2023 · The Madison Hotel · Washington, DC
May 22–24, 2023 · The Westin Portland Harborview · Portland, ME
June 1–3, 2023 · The Queen Mary Hotel · Long Beach, CA

Welcome to the 2023 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs! Department and division chairs are the bridges between department or division members and senior college administrators. Faculty members who take on the chair role need support to understand how to use the position to achieve both departmental and institutional goals. These four workshops provide opportunities for chairs to learn how to be more effective while serving in this critical position. The 2023 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs will focus on effective strategies to develop leadership skills and an institution-wide vision in the context of uncertainty and change.

Most chairs begin their positions with little or no training in the chair’s responsibilities and with incomplete knowledge of campus challenges. Effective chairs learn the value of developing an institution-wide perspective, communicating clearly, and collaborating with peers to promote greater institutional effectiveness. They must develop the ability to think strategically; plan actively for the future; and cooperate with both academic and administrative departments, including admissions, advancement, finance, and student affairs. At the same time, most chairs remain heavily invested in their faculty responsibilities of teaching, advising, service, and scholarship. How can chairs become campus leaders while they balance the competing priorities of their roles as faculty members, departmental advocates, and institutional planners? Participants will gain skills and perspectives useful to their roles and will meet colleagues who face comparable challenges at institutions similar to theirs.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Academic Search.

Who Should Participate?

The workshops are designed for incoming, new, and experienced chairs of departments or divisions at CIC member institutions. Deans who work directly with chairs are also welcome. Campuses are encouraged to send multiple department or division chairs to a workshop so that they can support one another in implementing new strategies. To ensure strong engagement, each workshop is limited to 100 participants.

Hotel and Travel

The Queen Mary Hotel
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 600-4313

Reservation deadline: Friday, May 5, 2023
Room rate: $159 single/double

Reservations may be made online. Reservations made after Friday, May 5, cannot be guaranteed at the group rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

Welcome aboard The Queen Mary. With rooms decorated either with authentic wood paneling, original 1930s artwork, Art Deco style, or the operable porthole(s), there is no question that this hotel is unlike any other Southern California hotel. Since 1967, The Queen Mary has been the centerpiece of Long Beach Harbor. Larger than the Titanic, this ship allows for tours of the bridge, engine rooms, and officers’ quarters, while guided tours visit areas of the ship which are otherwise inaccessible.

Airport Transportation

The Long Beach Airport (LGB) is approximately 11 miles from The Queen Mary.  
The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is approximately 22 miles from The Queen Mary, and The John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA) is approximately 31 miles from The Queen Mary.

Options for ground transportation, including taxi, shuttle, and rideshare pick-up locations, can be found online.

Hotel Parking

Valet parking is $27 per night. Self-parking is available for $15 per night.

Registration Information

Registration Fees

CIC Member RateNonmember Rate
First Registrant$620$800
Additional Registrants$520$715

Dress Guidelines

Business casual clothing is appropriate throughout the workshop.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made in full (less a $50 processing fee) for cancellations received more than ten business days prior to the workshop for which participants have registered. Refund requests received between five and ten business days of the start of the workshop incur a charge equal to 25 percent of the total registration fee. Requests received fewer than five business days prior to the start of the workshop are ineligible for a refund. Please send cancellation requests, in writing, to the attention of Leslie Rogers-Brown, CIC conference manager, by fax to (202) 466-7238 or by email to lrogers-brown@cic.edu. Registrations are transferable within an institution.

Health and Safety

CIC is committed to the health and safety of workshop participants. Please review the current CIC Health and Safety Guidelines and Requirements before registering for a workshop.