Climate — the extent to which an individual feels personally safe, listened to, valued, and treated fairly and with respect — plays an important role in people’s job satisfaction, effectiveness, productivity, engagement, and decisions to remain in or leave a department or area of study.
Because department chairs/heads play an important role in developing and sustaining a positive, productive, and welcoming departmental climate, WISELI is providing these resources department chairs seeking to improve climate in their departments.
- Department Climate Survey instrument
- Brochure: Enhancing Department Climate: A Guide for Department Chairs (PDF)
- BIBLIOGRAPHY of articles referenced in this publication
- WISELI’s Resources for Department Chairs
- Other relevant WISELI publications:
- UW–Madison Campus Climate — For information and reports see WISELI’s Study of Faculty Worklife at UW–Madison
- UW Provost’s Leadership Development Series – “Chairs Chats”
- UW Provost’s Creating Community Webpage
- UW Policies on and Resources for addressing:
- The Department Chair — online newsletter published four times per year. SUBSCRIBE
Pribbenow, Christine Maidl et al. October 8, 2007. “Climate Workshops for Department Chairs.” In Summative Evaluation Report of the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI). Pp. 70-79.
Climate Change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: What Changed, and Did ADVANCE Have an Impact?
Sheridan, Jennifer; Christine Maidl Pribbenow; Eve Fine; Jo Handelsman; and Molly Carnes. 2007. “Climate Change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: What Changed, and Did ADVANCE Have an Impact?” Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network (WEPAN) 2007 Conference Proceedings. June 2007.
Pribbenow, Christine Maidl. July 14, 2005. “WISELI’s Climate Workshops for Department Chairs: Evaluation Report.”
Pribbenow, Christine Maidl. November 14, 2003. “WISELI Department Climate Workshops: Formative Evaluation Report.”