2020 Chairs Retreat
TBA | Holiday Valley Inn

The Institute for Teaching Innovation (ITI) and Academic Affairs are pleased to announce the second Chairs Retreat. This two-day retreat will take place TBA, 2020, at the Holiday Valley Inn in Ellicottville, NY, and will provide time and support for chairs to compare notes, discuss policies, and discover new ways of working. 

Who can attend: All department Chairs may sign up to attend. Signups will be collected through Academic Council. 


Day 1

  • 12-1 Check-in
  • 1-1:30 Lunch & Welcome
  • 1:30-3:00 Panel Presentation*
  • 3:00-4:00 Open Work Time
    • Optional discussion: course evaluations and inclusion of high-impact practices.
  • 4:00-5:00 Budget Discussion
  • 5:00 Report Out
  • 6:00-7:00 Brewery Tour and Happy Hour @EBC (one drink per person covered)
  • Dinner on your own

Day 2

  • 9-10:30 Admissions – Panel about prospective student ideas, Focus Groups, and Department Action Plans
  • 10:30-11:30 Discussion
    • 16 Personalities Review
  • 11:30-1 Open Work Time
  • 1-1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30-3 Marketing and Communications – Program Story Gathering
  • 3:00 Report Out


*2019 D’Youville Chair Retreat – Experienced Chair Panel Presenters Agenda and Topics


  1. Denise Dunford, Chair of Graduate Nursing, School of Nursing, Chair of Nursing’s Department Personnel Committee
  2. Georita Frierson, Dean, School of Arts Sciences and Education
  3. Robert Drobitch, Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy
  4. Gina Camodeca, Chair Liberal Arts Department, School of Arts, Sciences, and Education, formerly President Faculty Council
  5. Maureen Finney, Dean School of Health Professions, Formerly chairperson for 12 yrs
  6. Lynn Rivers, Chair, Physical Therapy Department, School of Health Professions, 19 years. College Appeals Committee ( CAC) for 8 years

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Rafalson, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, formerly chair Health Services Administration, 7 years

Text Reading: Effective Leadership Communication: A Guide for Department Chairs and Deans for Managing Difficult Situations and People 2007 Anker Publishing Company INc.   by Mary Lou Higgerson and Teddi A. Joyce. Chapters 1-3 and 8 ( Panel) and 12, 13, 15 (table chat).

Panel Discussion Agenda

1:30 -1:35                    Introduction (Lisa Rafalson)

1:35 -2:10                    Policy and Decision Making

2:10- 2:40                    Letters of Renewal, Promotion and Tenure

2:40- 2:50                    Data Informed Decisions: Utilizing Business Objects Reports

2:50-3:00                    Wrap-up, Final Questions

The inaugural Chairs Retreat took place August 8-9 at the Holiday Valley Inn in Ellicottville, NY, and provided time and support for chairs to compare notes, discuss policies, and discover new ways of working. It featured a Chairs and Deans panel moderated by Dr. Lisa Rafaelson and presentations by Enrollment Management (Matt Metz, Carly Duszynski, Abby Geisen, and James Nowak) and Marketing and Communications (Gary Stelterman and Matt Doxtad).