Building a Leadership Culture in an Academic Department

Last updated July 1, 2021

Building a Leadership Culture in an Academic Department

Last updated July 1, 2021

Build a leadership pipeline and overcome resistance to leadership within your academic department.


Many academic leaders aim to build a leadership culture in their departments that promotes faculty retention and creates a bench of future leaders. However, common challenges such as competitive, individualistic cultures and skepticism towards administration thwart many of these efforts. Academic leaders must take an intentional approach that blends strategy, communication, and collaboration to resolve these challenges.

Join us online to learn about how a department leader from Suffolk University Law School took her program from unranked to the top five in the country in the field. You will learn how to:

  • Take a strategic approach to building a culture of leadership in three areas: individual, department, and national field
  • Prioritize community and collaboration
  • Boost profile/visibility, retention, and morale

Who should attend?

This training is designed for current or aspiring academic leaders at the unit or division level seeking to build or enhance a culture of leadership among their faculty. Those who partner with unit and division-level leaders on the faculty affairs side may also find benefit.


August 27, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern

Background & Results

In this opening section, you will learn about the challenges our presenter faced when she took on the role of department director:

  • Low faculty retention and morale
  • Lack of job security
  • Zero-sum attitudes that curb collaboration

You will then see the results she achieved by addressing these challenges with strategic thinking, collaboration, and communication.

Identifying, Prioritizing, and Strategizing

Through an in-depth case study, you will learn how to identify and prioritize goals and objectives for achieving the results your department needs.


In this closing section, you will hear specific examples of steps our presenter took to boost faculty morale and retention, develop a leadership pipeline, and improve departmental representation and recognition within her school and field. You will then have the chance to begin creating your own strategic approach to building a leadership culture in your academic department.