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New Department Heads Workshop

Are you a newly appointed department head or program director in the field of mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology? Are you seeking the tools and insights to effectively lead your department/program into the future? Join us at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Mechanical Engineering Education Summit for an exclusive workshop tailored for new department heads or program directors.

Overview: In this dynamic workshop, we will explore the primary challenges and opportunities encountered by emerging leaders in mechanical engineering education. Led by seasoned experts and accomplished former department heads, this session aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to thrive in your new role.

The workshop will consist of the following sessions:

  1. Call to Departmental Leadership: Transitioning from faculty to department head requires a shift in mindset from being a sole contributor to an advocate, decision-maker, and leader for the department. Knowing how to prioritize your commitments to various stakeholders, including yourself, can be challenging. We will explore strategies for developing leadership skills that will help you successfully navigate the transition.

  2. Assessing the Strategic Position of the Department: As a new department head, it can be overwhelming to make important decisions that will impact the department's future. It's understandable to feel like you may be missing important information to make informed decisions. In this session, we will explore ways to learn more about the department's history and strategic position within the college and university. By doing so, you will be able to fill any knowledge gaps and feel more confident in your decision-making abilities.

  3. Securing Resources to Move a Department Forward: It is essential to recognize that the implementation and success of a strategic plan depends heavily on securing additional resources. Without the necessary resources, a strategic plan can quickly fall short of expectations. This session will provide invaluable insights into the best strategies for sourcing the necessary resources to ensure that your strategic plan is a resounding success.

  4. Establishing an effective industry advisory council: An advisory group can be the game-changer for your department's success. Whether you call it a board, committee, or council, it must have well-defined goals. To ensure the council’s success, recruiting members who align with your department’s mission and support its strategic priorities is crucial. The council can assist in various areas, such as offering advice regarding curriculum and programs, acquiring resources, sponsoring capstone projects, hiring students, alum engagement, etc. This session will explore critical issues in establishing an effective industry advisory council.

  5. Life after Being a Department Head: The stresses of being a new department chair may cloud your personal goal setting. Your next step might be to move up to a higher administrative position such as dean or associate dean. However, some may choose to stay in the department head role or move into a different academic role such as a professor or director of a research center. We will explore some potential next steps in your career.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Gain insights from experienced department heads and academic leaders who have successfully navigated similar challenges.
  • Network with peers and build a supportive community of emerging leaders.
  • Receive practical tools and resources to implement effective leadership strategies in your department.
  • Stay updated on the latest trends and innovations in mechanical engineering education.

Join us for this empowering workshop designed to accelerate your success as a department head in the dynamic field of mechanical engineering. Secure your spot now and embark on a transformative journey towards effective and visionary leadership.