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Professional Development for Your Team, Your Institution, or Even Yourself.

Investing in faculty and staff development is no longer an optional perk. It’s now mission-critical if you want to engage and retain faculty and staff, find new solutions to old problems, and develop leaders who can solve tomorrow’s challenges. This is why hundreds of campuses that are stretched thin on time and capacity to provide this training have partnered with Academic Impressions.

An Academic Impressions membership is designed to help teams, institutions and/or individuals in three different ways:

  • Strategic Alignment
    Support your strategic initiatives with training and resources that are included free with membership. Important topics may include:

    • Supporting Supervisors
    • Inclusive Hiring
    • Developing Women Leaders
    • Much More
  • An Integrated Approach
    Membership can be used as a plug and play resource to supplement your existing training programs by leveraging on-demand foundational training for academics and staff on the most important topics including offerings such as inclusive leadership, supervision, department chair development and support, team development, academic innovation, and more.
  • Personal Development and Skill Building
    Invest your fiscal year dollars in your most important resource—you and/or your team! Research shows that faculty in staff in higher ed who have participated in leadership development were 23% more likely to report they were satisfied in their job. Membership is also the most cost-effective way to provide trainings and resources to your team.

Support strategic initiatives with training and resources.

Supplement your training, onboarding, or development programs.

A cost-effective solution to providing professional development.

See What Our Members Are Saying

The membership this past year has been invaluable. I have learned something new and a different way of thinking than before. Any staff/faculty/administrator who is permitted a membership will not be disappointed.

Shellie Armstrong

Administrative Associate, Sam Houston State University

I am appreciative of Academic Impressions' offerings. Professional development is paramount, and this platform allows us to advance ourselves personally and professionally in a cost-effective model and flexible learning environment.

Johnyelle Lee

Senior Director of Advancement Services, Elizabeth City State University

My membership to Academic Impressions is exactly what I hoped it would be. I have been able to routinely schedule PD for myself and feel like this is one of the reliable sources of guidance and expertise as I navigate my pathway in higher education.

Jessica Muhlin

Chair, Corning School of Ocean Studies; Professor of Marine Biology, Maine Maritime Academy

During the past year, I participated in three different offerings from Academic Impressions covering three different topics. All three offerings were *outstanding* and contributed greatly to my professional development. Keep up the good programming!

Pitt Tomlinson

Director of Prospect Management, Research and Analytics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

What is Membership?

Membership with Academic Impressions is a 12-month online professional development subscription specifically designed for deans, chairs, supervisors, faculty, and staff in higher ed.

Access to a continuously expanding library of live online trainings, designed to be practical, discussion-based, and highly experiential

Unlimited anytime, anywhere access to on-demand trainings and resources that you can engage with on your own time from the convenience of your workspace

New trainings every week, designed to respond to the latest needs of the higher ed community

$250 discount on multi-week cohort-based bootcamps and roundtables as well as in-person conferences

Members receive access to content across these collections and more:

Expert Instruction

In 2021, Academic Impressions facilitators, speakers, and contributors represented a diverse set of demographic backgrounds and substantial experience directly in higher education:

Most of our facilitators and speakers (93%) came from 4-year institutions and 46% came specifically from R1 institutions

90% were current higher ed practitioners themselves, while the other 10% were independent higher ed consultants or coaches

80% had more than 15 years of experience in higher education and 58% had more than 20 years of higher ed experience

32% identified themselves as members of a historically excluded racial or ethnic group

18% identified as LBGTQ+

Dedicated Account Manager

Your Account Manager is your strategic partner, committed to providing you with the ongoing support you need during your professional development. Your Account Manager will ensure that you maximize your membership by engaging you with the resources and trainings needed for the success of both you and your team.

We understand that access to membership does not equal adoption, and adoption does not necessarily result in impact. Your Account Manager will collaborate with your team to ensure they engage with resources in a strategic manner, which will ultimately result in a lasting impact on their growth.

How Membership Can Meet Your Professional Development Needs

Support Your Strategic Initiatives

Many of our members use membership trainings and resources to support their strategic initiatives. Providing resources aligned with your team or institution’s strategy can help ensure that your team moves in the right direction together. Having your team aligned around particular trainings and resources can also enable a common language or understanding from which to build upon in addition to showcasing practical and actionable “how tos” that can be leveraged quickly.

Strategic Initiatives Membership Often Supports Include:

  • Inclusive Hiring
  • Development Women Leaders
  • Supporting Supervisors
  • Developing Department Chairs
  • Much more

Explore examples as to how institutions are using membership to further their strategic initiatives:

Dallas College

Dallas College integrated self-awareness and leadership development campus-wide through the utilization of the Five Paths to Leadership Self-Assessment. This assessment, included free with membership, helps individuals discover their leadership style and how it may change under stress. This tool measures your ease of access to five intuitive styles of leadership and gives teams and institutions a common language to use when reflecting on how individuals and teams “show up” at work. Dallas College also found value in better understanding the impact stress has on work styles for leaders at all levels. Having a shared understanding of these leadership styles and a common vocabulary helps foster collaboration and enables more open discussions on team dynamics.

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon wanted to provide campus-wide access to training and resources aligned with their institution’s mission and goals. The office of the provost worked with their Academic Impressions account manager to provide “Provosts Picks,” or recommended training topics from across four categories that speak to the University’s mission and goals. This is accomplished by posting the recommended trainings within Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Student Success, Faculty Success, and Leadership on the institution’s intranet that all faculty and staff can access, creating alignment across campus and everyone working toward a common goal.

Integrate Our Resources into Your Existing Training Programs

Enhance your existing training programs with accessible and up-to-date content, fostering continuous professional development for your academic and administrative teams. Many institutions use membership as a plug-and-play solution to seamlessly complement existing programming such as:

  • Existing or starting new leadership development programs
  • Annual employee development programs
  • Department chair orientation
  • Major gift officer onboarding
  • Plugging into existing team development workshops and discussions
  • Regular discission topics at staff and department meetings
  • Staff council programming
  • And more!

Membership offers convenient access to on-demand higher-ed specific training, resources, certificate programs, and ongoing live programming to supplement, and allows you to focus on delivering high-quality program content that is unique to your department and/or institution.

University of Florida

The University of Florida’s advancement shop saw an opportunity to integrate Academic Impressions membership trainings into the onboarding of their Major Gift Officers. The advancement department was able to leverage the existing foundational training to help get MGOs up and running quickly. The trainings, taught by vetted higher ed advancement expects from around the country, provide the MGOs a common language and solid footing from which they can build upon.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University incorporated trainings and resources from membership into their Provost’s Leadership Advancement & Development Academy which is designed to foster the academic and leadership growth of faculty. They did this by incorporating training opportunities through the faculty lifecycle through courses on topics such as: inclusive leadership, faculty career design, faculty success, and supervision.

University of Delaware

The University of Delaware created a year-long program for their new department chairs. The program covers specific information that the institution provides on processes, policy, and operations. They also leverage Academic Impressions membership content in a plug and play way on topics such as building leadership capacity, managing up, emotional intelligence, managing employees, conflict management, and leadership communication in order to round out the necessary skills chairs need to be successful.

Personal Development and Skill Building

Empower, engage, and invest in the success of your faculty and staff with current, relevant, higher ed-specific training and resources. In today's dynamic landscape, investing in professional development is paramount to not only retaining top talent but also fostering a culture of innovation, inclusion, and excellence.

  • Enhance Faculty and Staff Retention: Provide valuable faculty and staff learning opportunities and showcase your commitment to their growth and success. Access to on-demand, high-quality training programs demonstrates that you invest in your employees' professional development, fostering loyalty and long-term commitment. In fact, 72% of higher ed faculty and staff report that having more access to professional development opportunities would increase the likelihood of staying in their current job.
  • Boost Engagement: Our membership offers dynamic and interactive training modules, keeping your faculty and staff engaged and motivated. By aligning training content with their career goals and the university's mission, you'll create a culture of continuous learning that translates into increased job satisfaction.
  • Grow Leaders at All Levels: Recognize the importance of cultivating leadership skills across all levels of your institution. Our training membership is designed to nurture leadership qualities at every stage of a career, contributing to a more empowered and collaborative university community or department.
  • Internal Leadership Development: Nurture talent from within by providing opportunities for your faculty and staff to grow into leadership roles. Our membership not only equips individuals with the skills needed for leadership positions but also fosters a culture of promoting internal talent, strengthening institutional continuity.
  • Flexibility for Busy Schedules: With on-demand access, your team can participate in training at their convenience. This flexibility not only accommodates busy schedules but also allows individuals to tailor their learning experience to their specific needs and interests.

Pensacola State College

Employees don’t always know what options are available to them regarding professional development and research has shown that employees won’t ask out of fear of appearing inadequate. While letting employees know about available resources, the greatest buy-in will come when the organization can meet employees where they are. Stakeholders at Pensacola State were invested in employees understanding what resources were available, offering easy-start options, and guidance for various needs. They also go beyond the basics, offering learning plans and lists of curated trainings segmented based on subject so that learners at any level have an easily accessible starting point.

Faculty and staff in higher ed who have participated in leadership development were 23% more likely to report they were satisfied in their job.


72% of higher ed faculty and staff report that having more access to professional development opportunities would increase the likelihood of staying in their current job.


85% of higher ed faculty and staff are interested in leadership development training and only 38% report that their institution offers a program they could participate in.

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