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.

Chair Leadership Academy

The 2020-2021 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 long program and members meet monthly (sometimes twice monthly) from August to May. The programs have been held online during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Pictured below: Members and staff of the 2020-2021 Chair Leadership Academy with Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick.

Pictured below: Members, special guests, staff, and directors of the 2020-2021 Chair Leadership Academy with Howard University Provost Anthony K. Wutoh at a special session on leading in times of crisis and evaluating leadership styles.

Chair Leadership Academy Management Team

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

Co-Directors: Gwendolyn Everett, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Art, College of Arts and Sciences and 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