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Chairs' Corner

What is the Chairs' Corner?

2019-20 Chair Fellow

CETL is pleased to welcome our new Chair Fellow, Dr. Lisa Hawley.


2019 Chairs' Retreat - Leadership: Managing from the Middle

September 6, 2019 - View 2019 Chairs' Retreat Resources

Fall 2019 Chairs' Forums

Chairs' Forums are offered a few times a semester from 12:00-1:30 p.m., 200A Elliott Hall, Lunch provided. See past chair events.


Chairs Resource Guide and Quick Guide/FAQ Available. Updated August 2018 in a navigable form.

From the Chairs' Forums
Shared by CETL Chair Fellow Lisa Hawley.
Diversity Advocate Program

The Diversity Advocate Program eSpace provides faculty members serving as Diversity Advocates with a place to seek or provide resources that might be helpful to those participating in the academic search process this year. There are a number of discussion forums through the e-space that can be used to ask questions, seek advice and share your expertise/wisdom or other resources.


Guidelines to Chair Selections - This document shows the current policies OU departments use to select a department chair or program director.

Mentoring Resources Available  View the resources here: workshop mentoring guide, promotion and review guide and mentoring program info from Sociology et al. Department, and study results on chair training (IHE, 12/1/2016).

CETL Library for Chairs - Nine books on chair topics free to check out. View the book list.

Manager's Toolkit - University Human Resources developed this resource for anyone at the university who manages staff. Visit their page.


Browse articles and past chair event materials in the Resources for Department Chairs.

Your To-Do List as a Chair: Five Core Responsibilities, from The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Department Chair Journal - Each issue includes

  • Original articles by experienced academic leaders on a wide range of subjects: evaluation and assessment, fundraising, legal issues, collegiality, work-life balance, reappointment policies, time management, and more
  • Useful strategies, practical ideas, and questions for reflection
  • Essential data on such topics as salaries, college costs, and technology
  • Book reviews of the latest academic leadership titles
  • Recent court decisions relevant to the chair role.

Access the journal directly through Kresge Library.

Chair Fellow

2019-2020 Chair Fellow - Lisa Hawley

headshot of Lisa Hawley

Lisa Hawley

Professor, Department of Counseling 

I am excited to serve as the Chair Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year.  I will be entering my 20th year at Oakland University as a faculty member in the Department of Counseling.  I have served multiple department roles including doctoral coordinator, accreditation officer and 9 years as Department Chair.  This summer I will be completing a research fellowship to continue my work on the impact of objective and subjective SES measures on counselor and client outcomes.  As both a faculty member and chair, I have engaged in curriculum development and have experience teaching both clinical and non-clinical courses. I have served on multiple committees on campus including Senate, Graduate Council, IRB, FRPC and Strategic Planning.I have several goals for this year related to supporting chairs. My main goal for this year is to provide updated and timely training and support opportunities for chairs.  One of my first initiatives will be a brief survey to current chairs to inquiry about training and support needs. Next year in CETL, we will also begin a new chair cohort group to provide information, support and problem-solving skills for new chairs. Department chair is a demanding and critical role in maintaining quality educational experiences for our students, valuable support to our faculty/staff and contributing to our OU mission. I look forward to providing programming and support to academic chairs across campus and serving Oakland University in this capacity.

Contact Lisa at

Jen Heisler

Jennifer Heisler

Associate Professor in Communication

Jennifer M. Heisler is an Associate Professor in the department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Arts and Sciences. She joined the faculty in 2001 after receiving her Ph.D. in Family and Interpersonal Communication from Michigan State University. Jennifer served as Chairperson of COM & JRN from 2009-2015 during which time the department experienced significant growth including multiple new faculty members, a graduate program, and several undergraduate minors. Her research interests explore how families discuss (or don’t) difficult topics such as dating, relationships, gender roles, religion, and finances. Jennifer’s most recent work examines work-family balance for faculty members in higher education, including how the role of department Chairperson influences departmental culture for faculty with children.

Contact Jenn at

Jay Meehan

Jay Meehan

Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Jay Meehan is a Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and has been at Oakland University since 1987. From 2006-2016, he was chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice. In his 29 years at Oakland, he has served in various leadership roles on University-wide and CAS committees, including Senate Steering Committee, the Faculty Reappointment and Promotion Committee, the CAS Assembly Executive Committee, and the CAS Committee on Appointment and Promotion (CAP).

He was a co-founder of SurPriSe, a CETL-sponsored faculty learning community which fostered interdisciplinary approaches to understanding Surveillance, Privacy and Security through curricular development and research. He is currently teaching courses on the Police and Society, The Surveillance Society, and a seminar on Police-Citizen Interaction. His current research focuses on police-citizen interaction in traffic stops using camera-car data from police department video archives.

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& Documents

Every month, Judy Ableser, Director of CETL, sends a Chairs Update via email to keep chairs apprised of programs, services, and other announcements pertaining to their responsibilities. 

November 2019 Chairs' Update

October 2019 Chairs' Update

September 2019 Chairs' Update

August 2019 Chairs' Update

April 2019 Chairs' Update

March 2019 Chairs' Update

February 2019 Chairs' Update

January 2019 Chairs' Update

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Faculty Feedback: OU's Early Alert System - Faculty Feedback is a system located in SAIL for communicating with students who show early signs of struggle in their courses. It replaces mid-semester evaluations as it allows faculty to give students feedback earlier than the half-way mark. Visit the Faculty Feedback webpage for a video introduction and further discussion on this university-wide initiative.

Faculty Handbook  This is the official OU guide for everything faculty need: registrar information, student support services, faculty support services, and all of the procedures that keep our campus moving.