Leading as An Assistant/Associate Dean: An Online Bootcamp


Leading as an Assistant/Associate Dean: An Online Bootcamp


October 10 – November 14, 2022 | Individual Session Dates: October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 2022

Learn how to confidently lead in a way that is comfortable for you, while also building trust, collaboration, and relationships with others across your college.


Leading as an Assistant/Associate Dean can be difficult under the best of circumstances. You need to negotiate and balance the competing interests of multiple stakeholders both inside and outside your college. Yet, you may sometimes feel like your role lacks the necessary clarity, authority, and/or support to be most effective. Then add in the complexities that have arisen in higher ed in the recent past, and even the most seasoned leaders can be tested.

Join us online for this valuable six-week leadership bootcamp designed specifically for Assistant and Associate Deans to help you to discover or reconnect with the most effective ways to lead in a variety of situations and circumstances. During the bootcamp, you will:

  • Explore your natural leadership style and how it changes under stress.
  • Receive feedback from your colleagues, which will help you hone your strengths and focus your leadership approach.
  • Practice a variety of communication strategies that will help you grow your influence, create a collaborative culture, and resolve conflict.
  • Identify ways to take charge of your professional development and continue to grow your career.

You will leave this bootcamp with an expanded network, a set of proven strategies for leading in a changing academic context, and, perhaps most importantly, greater confidence in yourself as a leader.


What You Will Get

  • This online bootcamp consists of six live online sessions, happening weekly. Each session is facilitated by our expert instructors to help you to explore your leadership tendencies and give you key strategies to implement.
  • Between sessions, you may be asked to complete assignments for you to practice and prepare for the next session (approximately 1-2 hours per week).
  • 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 will allow your colleagues to provide anonymous useful feedback to you.
  • You will also have the opportunity to sign up for a personalized, one-on-one feedback session with an instructor that will allow you to debrief the results of your Leadership Audit.


Who Should Attend

Since this program focuses on leadership and not just on the nuts and bolts of overseeing the college, we invite Assistant and Associate Deans 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 the instructor.

Due to its highly experiential nature, this program is limited to just 20 participants in order 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 program 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 programs.

  • 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.

To get success coaching, simply purchase the Bootcamp and add Success Coaching during registration.

Learn More About Success Coaching

Hear About the Bootcamp Experience

“I have never considered myself a natural leader. Knowing now that I can learn to be one has given me the confidence to become a more efficient and better leader, to improve my skills, and to feel a sense of ownership about this position, and to learn to enjoy my new role. The tools and knowledge that I have acquired during this Bootcamp are a great and invaluable asset that will accompany me for the rest of my professional life. I have had the privilege of being part of an excellent group, and I have learned as much from them as from the speakers.”

- Damaris Punales-Alpizar

Case Western Reserve University

“This was a wonderful, innovative experience. Great ideas and resources were shared by participants and presenters. High energy and an overall wonderful learning experience.”

- Marisol Marrero

Development Coordinator, John Miller Health Foundation


October 10 – November 14, 2022 | Individual Session Dates: October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14


Session 1: Understanding Your Role as Leader

October 10, 2022 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Today’s higher ed landscape is filled with uncertainty and ambiguity. As an Assistant/Associate Dean, you are charged with helping to lead your college and institution through this environment, and that can feel like a heavy lift. In this opening session, you’ll reflect on your unique pathway into leadership thus far, and you’ll explore what it means to be an effective and influential leader in higher ed moving forward.



Session 2: Defining Your Leadership Approach

October 17, 2022 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
There is no single right way to lead. Rather than presenting a single model of leadership, you’ll be introduced to various potential leadership approaches. More importantly, you’ll explore how your leadership style develops from, and is informed by, your personal strengths (as well as challenges you face), so that you can learn how to adapt to different situations.

It is also important to realize that 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:

  1. 5 Paths to Leadership Self-Assessment: This assessment sheds light on your strengths and potential blind spots by examining five key forms of intelligence: intellectual, emotional, intuitive, active, and spiritual. The assessment will help you to understand ways of achieving greater balance among the five forms of intelligence, so that you can improve your overall effectiveness as a leader.
  2. Leadership Audit: Here, you’ll have the opportunity to invite a small number of colleagues to share feedback with you regarding your strengths, as well as the areas you may wish to develop further, and who can also put forward ideas for your continued growth. This feedback is submitted through Academic Impressions and is completely anonymous. Your results will be shared with you privately, and one of your instructors will provide you with a personalized 1:1 session to help you to interpret and act on the feedback.



Session 3: Communication Essentials

October 24, 2022 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Your role as Assistant/Associate Dean is visible, and it requires you to communicate strategically and persuasively across different individuals and teams to align around mission, vision and values. In this session, you’ll be introduced to a variety of tips and strategies that will help you communicate effectively with different audiences in different situations. You’ll also have the opportunity to practice and apply these tips to case studies alongside your peers.



Session 4: Building a Collaborative Culture with Your Dean, Faculty and Staff

October 31, 2022 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
As Assistant/Associate Dean, effective leadership cannot rely on formal authority or top-down decision-making. While you need to be visible and communicate your value, you also need to ensure that the way you collaborate with others is meaningful, since collaboration can mean different things to different people. In this session, you’ll be introduced to a variety of tips and strategies that will help you build an inclusive and collaborative culture with your Dean, faculty and staff, and you’ll discuss with your peers the different ways to apply those techniques in the context of your role and leadership.



Session 5: Understanding and Navigating Through Conflict

November 7, 2022 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Understanding how to effectively navigate conflict is a vital skill for Assistant/Associate Deans, but it can also be one of the most difficult and complicated ones to get right, especially when you’re managing the often competing expectations and needs of various stakeholders across the college or institution. In this session, you’ll discuss the roles that perception, assumption and emotional intelligence play in navigating conflict, and you’ll discuss ways to build a culture that circumvents conflict avoidance. You will leave this session with new tools and strategies that will help you to respond to conflict in healthy and productive ways that will strengthen and build trust within your team.



Session 6: Career Planning and Final Thoughts

November 14, 2022 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
As we close out the bootcamp, this final session is designed to help you to reflect on how you can take charge of your professional development, and then position yourself for continued career growth. We’ll also discuss what it takes to grow your leadership career within higher ed, including how to build an effective network going forward. You’ll leave with concrete action steps you can immediately put into action in order to start to grow your career.


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Dorine Lawrence-Hughes, J.D., Ed.D.

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA)

In her current role, Dorine helps to facilitate various cross-school, cross-curricular, and co-curricular initiatives for effective teaching and learning. Dorine’s research as a scholar-practitioner focuses on communication and leadership for women and women of color and she is a strong advocate of leadership learning communities.

Read Dorine's Full Bio.

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Jonathan Millen

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of New England

Jonathan brings more than a decade of higher education administrative experience to his position and is the former president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. He is also a past president of the New Jersey Communication Association and a member of the editorial board of the Atlantic Journal of Communication.

Read Jonathan's Full Bio.


October 10 – November 14, 2022


$3,395 $3,045

through September 26, 2022

Members get $250 off.

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  • 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


$3,395 $3,295

through September 26, 2022

Get access to THIS online bootcamp.

Learn More

  • 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

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Lisa Lafflam
Learning & Development Manager, Academic Impressions

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