Leading Change From Where You Are: Strategies for Faculty


Lead with your strengths and leverage your agency for sustainable and collaborative change.


Many faculty feel overwhelmed by the overlapping crises in higher education, and that they have little agency for making change. But faculty can take action to make change right where they are by leveraging their strengths and preferences as leaders and building effective networks of colleagues with complementary abilities. By identifying opportunities for meaningful change through service and committees, campus and community engagements, and fieldwork and research, you can make the kind of difference that creates impact and moves culture change across the academy. This workshop is your first step in understanding how to best align your leadership strengths with opportunities for impact.

In this virtual training, we will begin by examining leadership myths that often inhibit effective leadership by and for faculty. We will then explore how you as a faculty member can leverage your leadership strengths and preferences to harness your power in sustainable and collaborative ways for grassroots change. By the end of this workshop, you will have identified strategies, next steps, and an action plan to initiate the change you want to see.


Who Should Attend

This training is designed for faculty members who want to be changemakers, but not necessarily administrators, including:

  • Early-career faculty seeking a leadership style that aligns with their values.
  • Mid-career faculty interested in translating their expanding service roles into leadership that works for them.
  • Any faculty leading, or interested in leading, through collaborative grassroots initiatives.

Recording available 10 business days after the live training.

The Academic Impressions Online Learning Experience

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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


June 7, 2023

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET


Part 1: Misconceptions & Barriers to Faculty Leadership

We will kick off this training by exploring commonly and individually held ideas about leadership for faculty and how these (mis)conceptions may prevent you from embracing a leadership style that aligns with your values.



Part 2: Understanding Yourself as a Leader: 5 Paths to Leadership Assessment

You will have the opportunity to examine and analyze the results from your 5 Paths to Leadership Self-Assessment to identify your unique leadership strengths under “normal” circumstances vs. under highly stressful ones. Note: You will receive access and directions to this assessment one a week prior to the training.



Part 3: How to Lead with Your Strengths and the Strengths of Others

Using a combination of case studies and reflection questions, our faculty coach will guide you through how you can build networks and mobilize leadership strengths and preferences in yourself, as well as others.


Portrait of Heather Fryer

Heather Fryer, PhD, BCC

Heather helps mid-career faculty revitalize their careers by restoring their connection to the passion and purpose that first sparked their dedication to their academic fields. Academia is rough terrain that many faculty navigate alone. It’s natural to adopt habits like overworking and people (or institution)-pleasing to cope with early career stresses without realizing the cost of shifting focus from their true aspirations. These habits take root over time, giving life to self-undermining behaviors like perfectionism, impostor syndrome, chronic dissatisfaction, and disengagement.

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