Learn proactive strategies to promote collegiality in higher ed

Fostering a Collegial Environment: Guidelines for the Department Chair

It only takes one. One disrespectful or demeaning faculty member can undermine the civility of an entire department. It also takes one strong, consensus-building department chair to identify problem behavior and begin to remedy it.


When incivility occurs, the workplace can quickly devolve from an inspiring, energetic and intellectual place to a demoralizing, isolating and depressing one. But with the right partners and strategies, department chairs can create an atmosphere of inquiry, curiosity, intellectualism and mutual respect.

Fostering a Collegial Environment: Guidelines for the Department Chair provides proven, concrete, proactive strategies that department chairs can use to address incivility and foster collegial behavior.

Join collegiality and conflict management expert Dr. Robert Cipriano as he explains how to:

  • Implement strategies appropriate for the situations within their departments
  • Communicate with uncivil faculty members about their behavior
  • Identify campus resources that will support their efforts to develop, promote and foster collegiality
  • Initiate conversations within the department about what collegiality is and isn’t
  • Understand U.S. law regarding collegiality and recognize how it frames strategies to address incivility on campus
  • Recognize that the most powerful tools in promoting civility are hiring and tenure-granting practices.

Cipriano, author of Facilitating a Collegial Department in Higher Education: Strategies for Success, also will help you understand that, while department chairs can make great strides in reducing incivility, they do not have to act alone. A department chair is one of many university constituencies, including academic deans and human resources professionals, who work collaboratively to promote collegiality on campus. Incivility among the faculty is an institutional problem that takes institutional resources to resolve.

Departmental chairs, however, need not wait for an institutional response to address issues within their departments. They can learn and act at first signs of incivility—long before the problem behavior becomes systemic.

When you order the recording of this seminar on CD, you’ll also receive the complete transcript.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community.

Who will benefit

  • Department chairs or department heads
  • Assistant deans, associate deans, and deans
  • Human resources professionals
  • Faculty senators
  • Members of promotion and tenure committees
  • Non-tenured faculty members

You don’t have to let one difficult faculty member hijack your departmental atmosphere. If you aren’t happy with how things are, if you see room for some improvement, or if you want to make sure future hires do not undermine your current culture of civility and collegiality, this seminar is for you.

Learn how to legally and effectively identify and remedy problem faculty behavior and attitudes with a copy of Fostering a Collegial Environment: Guidelines for the Department Chair.

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