Chair Leadership Academy

The Chair Leadership Academy addresses a range of issues confronting department chairs and academic deans. Through its intense curriculum, members are given tools, strategies, and access to information to help them excel in their positions. Members of the Chair Leadership Academy are an integral part of the network of academic leaders and administrators at Howard University. The cohort meets regularly to discuss topics of interest and importance to chairs and associate deans because of their many responsibilities and their critically important leadership roles at Howard. These topics include strategic planning, the course enrollment and registration processes, the Faculty Handbook, and analyzing leadership styles, among many other topics. The objectives of the Chair Leadership Academy help department chairs navigate and manage their various duties and responsibilities.


1) Achieving a Work-Life Balance

2) Developing and Managing Personnel

3) Shaping a Collective Vision

4) Managing Resources and Operations

5) Cultivating a Culture of Assessment

The Chair Leadership Academy builds on the productive working relationships needed to guide departmental growth and change. The Chair Leadership Academy is an eight month program and members meet monthly (sometimes twice monthly) from August to May. 

Chair Leadership Academy Management Team

Associate Provost for Faculty Development 
Okianer Christian Dark, Office of the Provost

Gwendolyn Everett, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Art, College of Arts and Sciences
Thomas Foster, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Program Manager 
Jacqueline Young, Office of the Provost

Program Assistant 
Deborah Elliott, Office of the Provost