Resources for Department Chairs

A Companion Document for Enhancing Department Climate

Tools for Effective Leaders

The Campus Climate Networking Group identified leadership as one of four areas to address at its November 5, 2002 meeting. Jeffrey Hamm and Gary Mitchell, members of the group, developed a list of actions and strategies leaders could implement to improve climate. This list continues to be useful for leaders striving to improve climate.

Read 16 Strategies of Effective Leaders

Engaging Everyone in the Life of the Department

The UW–Madison Office for Strategic Consulting developed a matrix that department chairs can use or customize when assigning departmental members to committees and roles in order to ensure that opportunities are well-distributed.

Use the matrix

Campus Resources

The UW–Madison campus offers an abundance of excellent programs and a host of talented and helpful people who can assist you in your efforts to help make our campus a “positive, supportive place to work, learn, and live.” The menu below provides information about and links to the many programs and people you can rely on for assistance and advice. Please click on each item in this menu to view the resources.

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Initiatives, programs, and offices related to climate

Policies regarding climate-related issues

Resources for faculty & staff

Resources for students

Suggested Readings


WISELI would like to thank the following UW–Madison faculty and staff members who served on the team that helped design this guide: Molly Carnes, Susan Coppersmith, Maury Cotter, Bernice Durand, Patrick Farrell, Eve Fine, Rosa Garner, Linda Greene, Jo Handelsman, Linda Heideman, Kathleen Holt, Christine Pribbenow, Eden Inoway-Ronnie, Donald Schutt, Jennifer Sheridan, and Lillian Tong. Thanks also to WISELI staff members, Deveny Benting and Sarah Marxhausen, for all their help.

Preparation of this resource guide was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF #0123666). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Copyright 2004 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Revision Copyright 2018.