Provost Roundtable: A Cohort-Based Series for Academic Leaders


Provost Roundtable


September 23 - December 16, 2022

Meet a cohort of other Provosts and Chief Academic Officers to build your network, unpack common issues you face, share practices that are working, and build your leadership capacity.


Provosts have no peers at their institutions—they serve at the pleasure of the President, they are first among equals at the Vice-Presidential level, and their success is intimately tied to both the President’s symbolic leadership as well as the effectiveness of the work of those at the Dean/Director level. The scope of the job, coupled with the need for detailed oversight, is more complex than any other on campus.

Due to these and other factors, provosts need ongoing support that can only be provided by those who have served or are serving in this crucial role. Join us and other Provosts across the nation for a roundtable series to discuss common challenges provosts share, get support from experienced professionals, and build your network. We have two roundtable series you can choose from—one starting in May and one starting in September. You will:

  • Have the chance to participate in recurring self-reflection and discussion that fits your demanding schedule
  • Connect with a diverse range of fellow academic leaders to share institution-specific practices and learn from others
  • Gain access to a support space for peer-based learning and information exchange

To preserve an intimate and productive experience, each roundtable will be capped at 10 attendees.

Can’t attend all sessions?

No problem. We recommend participating in at least six sessions to get the most value out of this experience.


Who Should Attend

This group engagement is specifically designed for Provosts/CAOs from public and private institutions, including regional comprehensives, liberal arts colleges, and all Carnegie levels through R2. Provosts/CAOs from community colleges are welcome to join as well.

The roundtable will be the most beneficial to provosts who have been in the role for one month to two years.


How Roundtables Work

The goal of our roundtable is to bring together a small cohort of peers for a comprehensive learning and networking experience. Through short, regular live meetings, you will come together with a maximum of seven other peers and our two experts to:

  • Build strong connections and expand your network
  • Try new tactics and approaches to improve your leadership
  • Share your own best practices and hear others’
  • Carve out time for self-reflection
  • Be part of a cohort-based support community
  • Contribute to the conversation with your own thought leadership


Fall Roundtable:

September 23 – December 16, 2022, biweekly meetings on Fridays.
To preserve an intimate and productive experience, this roundtable will be capped at 10 attendees.

  • September 23, 2022 - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. ET (90 mins)
  • October 7, 2022 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET (60 mins)
  • October 21, 2022 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m ET (60 mins)
  • November 4, 2022 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET (60 mins)
  • November 18, 2022 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET (60 mins)
  • December 2, 2022 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET (60 mins)
  • December 16, 2022- 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. ET (90 mins)

During this series of roundtable sessions, you and your fellow attendees will get to drive the agenda based on shared issues related to personnel, shared governance, faculty relationships, managing up to the president, relationships with other cabinet members, student success, curriculum, and compliance matters. Example topics and “pain points” may include:

  • Discipline for tenured faculty
  • Equitable hiring practices and results
  • Promotion and tenure processes
  • Performance evaluations
  • Conflicts between faculty and/or faculty and staff
  • Leadership development



Shared governance
  • Working with faculty Senate and other shared governance committees
  • Working with all unions and AAUP ‘red book’



Faculty relationships
  • Role of adjuncts
  • Contract salary negotiations
  • Working with faculty unions



‘Managing up’ to the president
  • Keeping a good relationship with the president
  • Finding the right level of detail to keep them informed
  • What to do if the president is reluctant to support academics
  • How to give the president cover in difficult situations
Relationships with other cabinet members
  • How to be the “first among equals”
  • How to handle conflicting priorities
  • How to assure support for student learning outcomes across the campus
  • How to manage cabinet-level rivalries



Student success and other professional units
  • Inter-unit communication
  • Collaboration and joint accountability with enrollment management, student affairs, and athletics



  • Policy development and revisions
  • Accreditations
  • Assessment of student learning and evaluation of professional units
  • Lawsuits



  • Keeping programs “fresh”
  • Enrollment needs as they intersect with existing and needed programs
  • Competition with other regional institutions
  • Program prioritization


Portrait of Maria Thompson

Maria Thompson, Ph.D.

President and CEO, Retired, Coppin State University

Maria is a career educator whose work experience spans a variety of institutional categories, including research universities, comprehensive universities, land-grant universities, urban located, rural located, HBCUs, and PWIs. She was president and CEO of Coppin State University (CSU), provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY), and vice president for research and sponsored programs at Tennessee State University.

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Susan C. Turell, Ph.D.

Former Provost, Marywood University

In higher education for 29 years, Susan brings a passion to her work for supporting people and designing and implementing effective processes. She served in leadership as a department chair, associate provost, dean, and provost. She brings those experiences, as well as her training and practice as a psychologist, to synthesize best practices and approaches in a new paradigm about what it means to be an effective leader in 21st century higher education.

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September 23 - December 16, 2022


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Amit Mrig
President, Academic Impressions

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