Academic Leaders Program

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 2018 Academic Leaders Program overview

 

Materials for the Fall, 2018 program 

Friday
August 10 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

Kickoff Workshop
Hyatt Place - 650 University City Blvd., Blacksburg

Agenda

Leadership Potential presentation and discussion

VT Leadership Competencies

Faculty Affairs and Academic Leadership presentation

Week of August 15 - 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. 

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Smithfield Room

Administrative Responsibilities for Academic Leaders presentation

Standards of Business Conduct

Additional Resources and Contacts

Friday
August 24 - 1:00 - 4:00pm

"Timely Tips for Department Heads" - Important information for department heads related to faculty recruitment and development resources, practices, and policies.

This session is specifically designed for new department heads, chairs, and other academic unit leaders who support tenure-track faculty. It is optional for those in other roles.

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Smithfield Room

 

Thursday
September 6 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

“Your Leadership Toolkit” – Identifying and articulating the vision and supporting strategies to enable you to lead toward meaningful results.

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Smithfield Room

 

Agenda

Leader Reflection "T"

Vision and Strategy Presentation

Leadership Vision Overview

Mission & Vision

Strategic Planning Guide

Leading Change

Thursday
September 20 - 1:00 - 3:00pm

A "Conversation with the Provost," will highlight updates, strategies, and leadership perspective from our chief academic officer.

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Duckpond Room

 

Thursday
October 4 - 1:00 - 3:00pm

"Leader Relationships" - Tools, resources, and practices to support building productive relationships as a leader, including navigating difference and building and preserving trust.

Newman Library, 207a

Agenda

Leader Reflection "T"

Leader Relationships Presentation

Navigating Difference Handout

Thursday
October 18 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

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

Location TBD

Agenda

Leadership Communication presentation

Leadership Communication Handout

Strategies for Influencing

Thursday
November 1 - 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.

Location TBD

 

Agenda

University Data Resources

Decision-Making Styles

Thursday
November 15 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

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

Location TBD

 

Agenda

Leadership Facilitation presentation

Motivation Handout

Universal Needs Assessment

Thursday
December 6 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

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

Location TBD

 

Academic Leaders Program Resources

View the full program information and resources from Past Academic Leaders Series.

Additional Resources

Questions?

Contact Amy Hogan