The Department Leaders Summer Institute provides an opportunity for department leaders to have face-to-face conversations about the various challenges of administering a department and to share successful practices for dealing with these challenges.

The previous Department Leaders Summer Institute was held June 21–23, 2023 as a virtual online event.

The theme of the 2023 institute was Advocating for Your Department and Our Field, reflecting the department chair’s dual role in managing a particular academic unit while at the same time serving as an on-campus ambassador for the discipline. Participants will attend workshops and panel discussions, join in a variety of networking events, and will be invited to provide case studies from their own experience to contribute to our knowledge base on anthropology and academic leadership.

Institute sessions and events included:

  • Keynote: Using Participatory Action Research (PAR) to Recruit and Retain Diverse Faculty — Rhianna Rogers, RAND Corporation
  • Panel: Dealing with Controversy — Jeremy Young, PEN America; Mark Bostic, American Association of University Professors
  • Dialogue: Reforming Incentives to Support Public-Facing Work and Open Science — Greg Tananbaum, Erin McKernan and colleagues from the Open Research Funders Group
  • Workshop: Making Space in the Curriculum for Career Preparation — Luis Vivanco, University of Vermont
  • Workshop: Advocacy and Government Relations — Tanya Peres, Florida State University; Aimee Huard, Great Bay Community College

View the complete program here.

Registration is not currently open for this event


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