Building Academic Leadership Development Programs on Your Campus



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Establish the pipeline of inclusive and effective academic leaders at your institution.


Academic leaders are typically expert scholars in their fields but don’t learn core leadership skills when they move into their leadership positions. They rarely get formal training on ways to be simultaneously self-aware, emotionally intelligent, savvy about navigating systems and hierarchies, as well as effective at financial management, public speaking, crisis management, and conflict resolution. To support the health and climate of their departments and, in turn, institutions, academic leaders need to intentionally develop these crucial skills.

Join us online with Jennie S. Knight, Ph.D., to hear how the University of Virginia has developed their successful Leadership in Academic Matters program (LAM) that draws on cross-campus collaborations and addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion. You will leave with solid ideas for how to approach your academic leadership programs that create an inclusive, equitable climate in which staff, faculty, and students can thrive.


Who Should Attend

This program was designed for those who are leading the charge in building and/or launching academic leadership development initiatives. Provosts, VPs of Academic Affairs, Deans, as well as professionals from across faculty affairs and faculty development will benefit from the content shared.

Chairs, faculty, and all those who may be interested in participating in academic leadership development programs are also encouraged to attend.

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


January 27, 2021

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern


1. Essential Components for Academic Leadership Programs

We begin by looking at the essential components of a leadership development curriculum that prepares inclusive, equitable, effective academic leaders. We will also discuss why an academic leadership development program is essential for the health of the institution.



2. Learning from a Case Study

We will take a deep dive into the University of Virginia’s successful LAM program and consider best practices that can be applied to academic leadership programs across other institutions.



3. Applying Lessons to your Campus

In this section, you will begin to plan for future academic leadership programs on your campus, including assessing your campus culture, existing resources, and pitfalls to avoid.



4. Planning for Immediate Next Steps

This is your opportunity to consider long-term goals and plan for steps you can take immediately.


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Jennie Knight, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development, University of Virginia

Jennie directs the Leadership in Academic Matters Program for academic leaders and leads equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives for faculty. She created and leads the Teaching Race at UVA Place-based Faculty Development Seminar and oversees programs to empower faculty to thrive throughout all stages of their careers.

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