Initial Publication Date: November 12, 2019

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective STEM Department Chairs

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Presenters: Bob Hilborn (American Association of Physics Teachers) and David Craig (Oregon State University)

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Highly effective department chairs balance their roles as colleague and leader to develop and sustain a clear vision of the change necessary to meet departmental and institutional challenges and achieve programmatic goals. Building on the fundamental lessons learned by the physics community in the work leading to the landmark Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics (SPIN-UP) and Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers (Phys21) reports, and culminating in the soon-to-be-released Effective Practices for Physics Programs (EP3) Guide, this webinar discusses the "7 Habits of Highly Effective STEM Department Chairs" developed in the bi-annual Physics Department Chairs Workshop and the Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop series run jointly by the American Association for Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Physical Society (APS).


This webinar is designed for STEM department chairs, program leaders, and other faculty interested in how to create and sustain systemic change in their departments and institutions.


As a result of this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn and reflect on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Department Chairs
  • Discuss how to apply the 7 Habits to a challenge or goal your department faces


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Time - 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET
Duration - 60 minutes
Format - Online web presentation via Zoom web meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for more information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

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David Craig is Associate Head of the Department of Physics at Oregon State University and co-chair of the task force creating the Effective Practices for Physics Programs (EP3) Guide ( His research interests are in the foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum gravity, and quantum cosmology. Dr. Craig received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, before becoming a National Research Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. He has collaborated with physicists across the world, and enjoyed an appointment as a visiting scientist at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Craig conducted research and taught at the University of Minnesota, Morris, Hamilton College, and the State University of New York prior to joining the faculty at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, where he was chair of the department of physics and director of engineering programs for twelve years before moving to Oregon State University. Dr. Craig served as a member of the APS Committee on Education and as a consultant to APS on the work which led to the formation of the EP3 Project.

Robert C. Hilborn is Associate Executive Officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers. A graduate of Lehigh University and Harvard University, he has held physics faculty positions at Oberlin College, Amherst College, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Texas at Dallas. He served as physics department chair and associate dean of the faculty at Amherst, where he was the Amanda and Lisa Cross Professor of Physics, and as head of the Science/Mathematics Education Department at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research includes work in experimental and theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics and in nonlinear dynamics. Author of Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics (Oxford University Press, 2nd Ed., 2000), his recent research has focused on applying nonlinear dynamics to analyze problems in neuroscience and the dynamics of genetic networks. He also served on the AAMC-HHMI Committee on the Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians and the AAMC MR5 MCAT review committee. For the past seven years, he has served as Principal Investigator and Chair of the Physics and Astronomy Faculty Workshop series.


  • Welcome and introduction
  • Presentation on the 7 Habits
  • Breakout groups
  • Discussion, questions & answers
  • Webinar evaluation

Resources and References

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