Leading and Influencing as a Department Chair Online Bootcamp


Leading and Influencing as a Department Chair



As featured in the Chronicle

Join a small group of chairs for 6 weeks to transform your leadership to the next level - no matter your experience.

This six-week, cohort-based program will help you discover or reconnect with the most effective ways to lead in a variety of situations and circumstances. You’ll explore your natural leadership style, how it changes under stress, and how you can leverage your strengths to effectively communicate, navigate conflict and grow your influence and effectiveness across the department.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Assessments: Complete The Five Paths to Leadership℠ Self-Assessment and the Kraybill Conflict Styles Assessment to deepen your understanding of your key strengths
  • Leadership Audit: Invite your colleagues to provide anonymous feedback to you, so that you can discover more about your effectiveness as a leader
  • Personalized 1:1 Instructor Feedback: Meet with an instructor 1:1 to review your leadership audit and unlock insights from the bootcamp that can be translated into actionable takeaways

Expected Outcomes of the program include:

  • Practice using a set of proven strategies and tactics for leading in a changing academic context
  • Gain confidence in your skills and ability to be your best self as an academic leader


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.

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

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Learn More About the Bootcamp Experience

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“This boot camp was so very helpful to help me think about leadership, in general, and about my own leadership strengths and areas of growth. I've already used a number of the tools that were shared and have recommended the boot camp to others! I've already recommended this boot camp to several folks! I appreciated having greater insight into my natural dispositions and what I needed to continue developing. It was validating to learn that some of the challenges that I've faced and continue to face are.”

- Sue Hildebrandt

Interim Chair of the Department of Special Education, Illinois State University

“Although I started this program with a bit of reticence (do I really have time for this?), I quickly realised that this would be a game changer for me. As a relatively new Department chair (6 months in), it was comforting to realise that some of the leadership approaches I was using were actually good ones! More importantly, learning new "tricks of the trade" as well as the frameworks with which to think about my interactions with colleagues will truly help me as I tackle the numerous challenges ahead of me. Whether you are new to your position or already a few years into the role, there will absolutely be gems that help you in adapting and enhancing your leadership skills!”

- Glyn Williams-Jones

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Schedule and Registration

Session 1

Introduction and Leadership Theories

September 21, 2022
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Explore what leadership approaches best fit you.


$3,095 $2,745

through February 8, 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


$3,095 $2,995

through February 8, 2022

Get access to THIS online bootcamp.

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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

Become a Member

Get $250 off this training + 100s more FREE with membership!

Did You Know?

If your campus registers 3+ people for a bootcamp, you can get an extra discount. You can also bring this program to your team on campus through a private engagement. Contact X for more information.


Week 1: Self-Awareness

A deep understanding of your purpose, values and beliefs is key to recognizing your strengths, understanding how your behaviors impact those on your team and, consequently, modifying your behaviors to be more effective as a leader. You will reveal your core purpose, beliefs and values that explain why you do the things you do, both in a positive and sometimes self-defeating manner and you will identify your operating style and its impact on others.



Week 2: Team Effectiveness

As a leader, you must have deep insights into the dynamics that both contribute to and hinder your team’s success. You will use a powerful assessment tool to diagnose both the strengths and weaknesses of your current team and you’ll learn specific and practical strategies for improving your team’s performance.



Week 3: The Power of Recognition and Coaching to Motivate and Engage Your Team

To be an effective leader, you must recognize, communicate and elicit the strengths of others. Your role as coach in achieving this is powerful. You will learn how to move from fixer to facilitator as you practice different techniques for providing recognition and coaching.



Week 4: Creating Healthy Dialogue to Foster Trust and Manage Conflict

Managing differences, conflict, and knowing how to “disagree agreeably” are some of the most crucial skills you can develop. You will practice techniques for managing difficult conversations in ways that limit defensiveness and allow you to seek understanding with those with whom you disagree.



Week 5: Defining Your Personal Leadership Philosophy

Create a focused leadership philosophy that brings together the lessons learned about you as a person and supervisor, as well as your team. This powerful tool will guide you and shape your future engagement and leadership effectiveness.


portrait of Jennifer Liberty Clark

Jennifer Liberty Clark

Instructor of Psychology, Anoka Ramsey Community College

Jennifer has a long history with Dale Carnegie Training®, where she began working in a consulting role in 1998, assisting companies to meet their corporate training goals. Shortly after, Jennifer became a certified instructor for Dale Carnegie Training® and has been training ever since. Jennifer now teaches in the Psychology Department, co-chairs a Student Success Committee, is a member of the Diversity Committee, and is involved in strategic planning for the college.

Read Jennifer's Full Bio.

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Steve Riccio

Lecturer on International Business and Management, Dickinson College

Steve joined the human resource services department at Dickinson in May 2006 following nine years in change management and human resources consulting. After establishing and leading the organizational development and employee wellness programs, he served as the associate vice president of his department from 2013 to 2015. He also taught as an adjunct professor from 2009 to 2015. In addition to teaching, he continues to consult with the college on a variety of human resource projects.

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Questions About the Event?

Lisa Lafflam

Lisa Lafflam
Instructional Designer, Academic Impressions

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