What began several years ago as a two-day orientation held in the late summer for new department heads has now evolved into a semester-long series of networking and learning workshops designed for new and aspiring academic leaders.  The program kicks off with a full-day workshop in mid-August, and continues throughout the fall semester with a series of shorter workshops and discussions.  This Academic Leaders Program is offered not just for new department heads (though they remain a key target audience), but to anyone in an academic leadership role – at any level – who may benefit from the topics covered as well as networking with other campus leaders.  Faculty who are being developed for or may be considering future leadership roles are also welcome to attend.

View the Fall 2017  Academic Leaders Program overview


Materials for the Fall, 2017 program:


Friday, August 18, 2017 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

Kickoff Workshop



Leadership Potential presentation and discussion

VT Leadership Competencies

Faculty Affairs and Academic Leadership presentation

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 1:00 - 5:00pm

“Day One Business Management” – information related to budget authority and responsibility, reporting, business management practices at the university, procurement, and audit functions. 


Administrative Responsibilities for Academic Leaders presentation

Standards of Business Conduct

Additional Resources and Contacts

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

“Your Leadership Toolkit” – it all starts with articulating a vision, then linking it to strategic planning. We'll also explore the leader's role in managing change.




Leader Reflection "T"

Vision and Strategy Presentation

Leadership Vision Overview

Mission & Vision

Strategic Planning Guide

Leading Change


Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

"Leader Relationships" - tools, resources, and practices to support building productive relationships, including navigating difference and building and preserving trust.


North End Center, Room 2200



Leader Reflection "T"

Leader Relationships Presentation

Navigating Difference Handout

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

“Conversation with the Provost” - highlighting updates, strategies, and leadership perspectives from our Chief Academic Officer.

Newman Library, room 207


Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

"Leadership Communication" - Leveraging transparency, courageous conversations, and influencing for results.

Duckpond Room, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center



Leadership Communication presentation

Leadership Communication Handout

Strategies for Influencing

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

"Data-Based Decision Making" - Data-supported decisions are key to supporting strategic management and leadership needs. A panel of current academic leaders will discuss their strategies and answer questions.

Smithfield Room, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center


University Data Resources

Decision-Making Styles


Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

"Faculty Recruiting, Retention, and Development" - Strategies, resources, adn approaches from the Provost's Office Faculty Affairs team, designed to maximize your effectiveness in meeting faculty needs.

Location TBD


Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

"Leadership Facilitation" - Your role in advancing motivation, engagement, and collaboration.

Smithfield Room, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center


Leadership Facilitation presentation

Motivation Handout

Universal Needs Assessment


Full program information and resources from Past Academic Leaders Series can be viewed here.


Questions about the program may be sent to Amy Hogan.