Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Elliott Hall, Room 200A
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2751

Chairs' Corner

What is the Chairs' Corner?

Chairs Resource Guide and Quick Guide/FAQ Available. Updated August 2018 in a navigable form. 
2018-19 Chairs Contact List

2018 Chairs Retreat Resources. Tuesday, August 28.

2018 Fall Chairs Forums - 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Elliott Hall 200A, lunch provided.

Diversity Advocate TrainingFri, September 28Cynthia Miree-Coppin
Title IX Training: Understanding Our Responsibilities - View Recording and ResourcesMon, October 29Chad Martinez
Diversity Advocate Training Part IIFri, November 9Cynthia Miree-Coppin
“Here’s my question: What’s the answer?”Fri, November 30Seasoned chairs

Diversity Advocate Training II

Identifying and recruiting talent are key activities for all search committees. In support of Oakland University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic goal and associated initiatives, the Provost’s office has launched a Diversity Advocate Program to support faculty search efforts.

Diversity Advocates (DA) are participating and voting members of a faculty search committee who work, in a more focused way, to help the committee’s efforts to engage in an effective and inclusive search process. Please join us for Part II of the Provost’s Office Diversity Advocate workshop.  In this session, participants will review the purpose and use of diversity statements in the evaluation process and explore another series of “crucial conversations” DAs may have to facilitate in order to maintain equity and inclusion throughout the search process. 

Time - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

Location - Elliott Hall Room 200A

Register Here

Chair Fellow
A Chair Fellow has led professional development opportunities and resource management for OU department chairs and program directors. In 2018-2019, the functions of the Chair Fellow will be coordinated through Michelle Piskulich and Joi Cunningham in Academic Affairs. 

Jen Heisler

Jennifer Heisler

Associate Professor in Communication

Jennifer M. Heisler is an Associate Professor in the department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Arts and Sciences. She joined the faculty in 2001 after receiving her Ph.D. in Family and Interpersonal Communication from Michigan State University. Jennifer served as Chairperson of COM & JRN from 2009-2015 during which time the department experienced significant growth including multiple new faculty members, a graduate program, and several undergraduate minors. Her research interests explore how families discuss (or don’t) difficult topics such as dating, relationships, gender roles, religion, and finances. Jennifer’s most recent work examines work-family balance for faculty members in higher education, including how the role of department Chairperson influences departmental culture for faculty with children.

Contact Jenn at

Jay Meehan

Jay Meehan

Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Jay Meehan is a Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and has been at Oakland University since 1987. From 2006-2016, he was chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice. In his 29 years at Oakland, he has served in various leadership roles on University-wide and CAS committees, including Senate Steering Committee, the Faculty Reappointment and Promotion Committee, the CAS Assembly Executive Committee, and the CAS Committee on Appointment and Promotion (CAP).

He was a co-founder of SurPriSe, a CETL-sponsored faculty learning community which fostered interdisciplinary approaches to understanding Surveillance, Privacy and Security through curricular development and research. He is currently teaching courses on the Police and Society, The Surveillance Society, and a seminar on Police-Citizen Interaction. His current research focuses on police-citizen interaction in traffic stops using camera-car data from police department video archives.

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Chairs Resource Guide and Quick Guide/FAQ Available. Updated August 2018 in a navigable form.


2018 Retreat Resources:
Articles shared:


Mid-Career Professions Need Love, Too, professors' thoughts and experiences on notions that post-tenure professors suffer from “malaise.” (Web link of PDF version)

Fostering Trans Inclusion in the Classroom, a student perspective from Inside Higher Ed

Articles shared in Jenn Heisler's Chair Updates


Guidelines to Chair Selections - This document shows the current policies OU departments use to select a department chair or program director.

Mentoring Resources Available  View the resources here: workshop mentoring guide, promotion and review guide and mentoring program info from Sociology et al. Department, and study results on chair training (IHE, 12/1/2016).

CETL Library for Chairs - Nine books on chair topics free to check out. View the book list.

Manager's Toolkit - University Human Resources developed this resource for anyone at the university who manages staff. Visit their page.


Your To-Do List as a Chair: Five Core Responsibilities, from The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Department Chair Journal - Each issue includes

  • Original articles by experienced academic leaders on a wide range of subjects: evaluation and assessment, fundraising, legal issues, collegiality, work-life balance, reappointment policies, time management, and more
  • Useful strategies, practical ideas, and questions for reflection
  • Essential data on such topics as salaries, college costs, and technology
  • Book reviews of the latest academic leadership titles
  • Recent court decisions relevant to the chair role.

Access the journal directly through Kresge Library.



Faculty Promotions in the 21st Century (downloads as a PowerPoint presentation, University of Washington)


Guidelines for the Department Chair (about mentoring) (University of Rhode Island)


Department Climate/Work-Life




Difficult Situations


& Services

2017-2018 Professional Development Opportunities - Download the full list.

& Documents

Chairs and Program Directors Resource Guide and Quick Guide/FAQ Available. Updated August 2018 in a navigable form.

2018-2019 Faculty Handbook

Chairs' and Program Directors' Retreat Resources

Presentation Slides




Every month, Judy Ableser, Director of CETL, sends a Chairs Update via email to keep chairs apprised of programs, services, and other announcements pertaining to their responsibilities. 

October 2018 Chairs' Update

September 2018 Chairs' Update

August 2018 Chairs' Update

July 2018 Chairs' Update

April 2018 Chairs' Update

March 2018 Chairs' Update

February 2018 Chairs' Update

January 2018 Chairs' Update

December 2017 Chairs' Update

November 2017 Chairs' Update

October 2017 Chairs' Update

September 2017 Chairs' Update

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Faculty Feedback: OU's Early Alert System - Faculty Feedback is a system located in SAIL for communicating with students who show early signs of struggle in their courses. It replaces mid-semester evaluations as it allows faculty to give students feedback earlier than the half-way mark. Visit the Faculty Feedback webpage for a video introduction and further discussion on this university-wide initiative.

Faculty Handbook  This is the official OU guide for everything faculty need: registrar information, student support services, faculty support services, and all of the procedures that keep our campus moving. Download the 2017-18 faculty handbook.