Guide for Department Chairs

If you are a Department Chair, we invite you to consult this Guide for Department Chairs which we have developed jointly with the APUO. We have included essential information as well as valuable tips and advice for you. 

NOTA: A word used in the feminine gender shall include both genders and vice-versa. Words such as chair shall designate the person, male or female, in the indicated position or role. These interpretations shall be deemed to apply in their necessary grammatical forms and usages.


Welcome to the Guide for Department Chairs.

This  guide has been developed jointly between the University of Ottawa and the Association of Professors for the University of Ottawa (the APUO). It is inspired by and some sections of it are adapted from the uMass Boston Department Chairs' Handbook, itself adapted from Cornell University's adaptation of the Knox College's Guide for Department Chairs (Galesburg, Illinois: Knox College, 2006). 

This guide is designed to provide you with essential information, as well as some valuable tips & advice, to allow you to be successful in your day-to-day role as Department Chair.

Developing this guide was a team effort. We would like to thank the multiple staff members who have contributed to its development and many chairs (former and present) who have reviewed and commented previous versions with  the view of improving the guide. 

If you have any questions about the content of this  guide, or any of the processes described herein, please do not hesitate to contact Françoise Moreau-Johnson at the Centre for Academic Leadership or Brianne Carlson at the APUO.

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