Assess your leadership effectiveness and gain confidence in your ability to be your best self as an academic leader.
Leading as an academic chair is difficult under the best of circumstances. You need to balance the competing interests of faculty and administration and stretch limited resources, all while maintaining your own scholarship and teaching loads. Add the uncertainty and complexity of COVID-19 and it becomes clear that the current environment can test even the most seasoned leaders.
Join us online for this seven-week leadership bootcamp designed specifically for academic leaders to discover or reconnect with the most effective ways to lead in a variety of situations and circumstances. We’ll explore your leadership style and how it changes under stress, as well as how you can more effectively collaborate with colleagues, manage difficult faculty, resolve conflict, and lead change.
We’ve trained thousands of department chairs over the last 20 years. In addition, our curriculum is designed by former Chairs and current senior academic administrators. You will leave this bootcamp with a set of proven strategies and tactics for leading in a changing academic context.
Is This Program Right For Me?
Since this program focuses on leadership and not just the nuts and bolts of running the department, we invite Chairs, Program Directors, and Center Directors of all experience levels to attend.
If you have never received anonymous feedback about your leadership, this is a unique opportunity to do so via an expertly facilitated process. You’ll also be able to debrief your feedback with one of the program facilitators.
Due to its highly experiential nature, this program is limited to just 20 participants to maintain a productive online learning environment. Register early to reserve your spot!
Follow Through With Success Coaching
Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?
Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a conference helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done. <
As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select conferences.
- Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
- Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
- Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
- Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.
What to Expect
- This online course consists of seven live online sessions, happening weekly. You will attend one three-hour live learning session each week, facilitated by our experts, to help you explore your leadership tendencies and to give you key strategies to implement. There is an additional networking reception at the beginning of the program.
- In-between meetings, you will complete assignments to practice and prepare for the next session.
- To help you evaluate your effectiveness as a leader, you will participate in two assessments; the 5 Paths to Leadership Self-Assessment and a Leadership Audit, which allows your faculty and staff to provide anonymous feedback to you.
- After the third session, you will have the opportunity to sign up for a personalized, 45-minute feedback session with a program facilitator to debrief the results of your Leadership Audit.
Session 1: Welcome and Orientation
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
In this opening session, you’ll learn about the goals and objectives of the program, so that you know what to expect throughout the bootcamp. More importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your instructors and peers.
Session 2: The Foundations of Leadership Theory and Practice
Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
There is no single right way to lead. Rather than present a single model of leadership, this bootcamp is designed to help you identify a leadership style that develops from your values and plays to your strengths. We’ll also explore the unique context of leading as a Chair. Chairs often play multiple roles — advocate for the faculty, member of the Dean’s leadership team, administrator, faculty member, etc. We’ll discuss how to navigate these different roles and balance the inevitable tensions that emerge when leading from the middle.
After exploring leadership theory and these dynamics, you’ll create a definition of leadership that’s unique to you and that forms the basis of our future sessions.
Session 3: Defining Your Leadership Strengths and Mission
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
You cannot develop as a leader without getting feedback. When you receive feedback, you get a clear picture of your impact as a leader and whether your impact aligns with your intent. You will do this in two ways:
- 5 Paths to Leadership Self-Assessment: This assessment sheds light on your strengths and potential blind spots by examining five key forms of intelligence including intellectual, emotional, intuitive, action, and spiritual. The assessment will help you understand ways of achieving greater balance among the five forms of intelligence, so that you can improve your overall effectiveness as a leader.
- Leadership Audit: You’ll have the opportunity to invite a small number of your faculty and staff to share feedback with you regarding your strengths and areas to develop, and put forward ideas for ongoing growth. This feedback is submitted through Academic Impressions and is completely anonymous. Your results will be shared with you privately during the program and a program facilitator will provide you with a personalized coaching session to help you interpret and act on the feedback.
Session 4: Leading Up, Down, and Across
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
For chairs, effective leadership cannot rely on formal authority or top-down decision making. Instead, chairs must learn to lead with a collaborative stance and from a position of influence. Developing authentic relationships is key to successfully leading up, down, and across, while nurturing your communication skills is essential to building those relationships.
In this session, you will explore different ways to build and enhance trust, as well as align goals and interests across different stakeholders. We will also discuss a range of strategies for managing up and identify which techniques can help you more successfully persuade and appeal to senior leadership.
Session 5: Understanding Conflict
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
Understanding how to effectively navigate conflict is a vital skill for chairs, but it can also be one of the most difficult and complicated ones to get right. In this session, you’ll complete the Style Matters: The Kraybill Conflict Style Inventory, which identifies your typical response in conflict and offers ways to optimize your response. You’ll then discuss effective ways of approaching conflict regardless of the situation, including sharing your facts, telling your story, asking for others’ paths, talking tentatively, and encouraging testing. You’ll work in small groups to practice these techniques and hone your skills.
Session 6: Managing Difficult Faculty
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
You’ve probably encountered challenging faculty who exhibit unprofessional, unproductive, and even destructive behavior. When faculty decline in productivity, stop attending meetings, or criticize their junior colleagues, you will need to step up and deal with these inevitable and uncomfortable situations. To help you do this, you’ll explore and practice a four-stage process for managing difficult faculty personalities. Specifically, you will learn to:
- Identify and address problematic behaviors early
- Use appropriate strategies for different behavior types
- Learn how and when to escalate your intervention
- Create written agreements that establish conduct expectations and consequences
- Minimize the impact of problematic behavior in your department
Session 7: Leading Through Change
Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
The cliché that “the only constant is change” has certainly rung true in 2020. Leading as a chair is difficult in the best of circumstances and made even more challenging during periods of significant change and upheaval. In this session, we’ll explore the concepts of change in more detail, including why it’s so difficult and why most change efforts fail. We’ll introduce you to a simple change management model that can help you diagnose and identify the reasons for confusion, lack of commitment, or even resistance which then lead to specific strategies to move your work forward.
Since there's no better way to solve a problem than to do it together, you’ll have an opportunity to bring your unique challenges surrounding a change initiative to the group for guidance and feedback.
Session 8: Integrating and Sustaining Your Leadership
Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
You cannot lead your department or colleagues effectively if you're burned out, stressed, or overwhelmed. Sustaining your leadership isn’t just about self-care, it’s about making sure you develop the right habits to lead with intentionality. In this final session, we’ll discuss strategies and best practices for time management, setting priorities, and overcoming inevitable obstacles by building your resilience as a leader. You’ll also develop a practical and effective action plan that can guide your leadership in the future. Lastly, you'll complete and share a leadership philosophy with your peers — one that explores your own unique approach to leadership and reflects on the lessons learned during this bootcamp.
Senior Vice Provost Faculty Affairs, Marquette University
Dr. Gary Meyer is communication professor and senior vice provost for faculty affairs at Marquette University. In this role, he helps prepare faculty for a meaningful and successful career at Marquette University across the many roles they will take on as teachers, scholars, and university leaders. Among his responsibilities, Dr. Meyer oversees new faculty orientation as well as the broader first-year faculty experience, faculty mentoring, faculty leadership development, and the promotion and tenure system on campus.
Jeanne A.K. Hey
Associate Provost, Dean Emerita, and Professor of Political Science, University of New England
Jeanne Hey is an experienced provider of professional development programs, specializing in leadership training for department chairs, program directors, and deans. She served as dean of the University of New England’s College of Arts and Sciences for eight years, overseeing 13 academic departments and 35 major programs at a time of upheaval and risk in higher ed. Hey served for 19 years in a joint appointment in Political Science and International Studies at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio.
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