Virtual sessions occur monthly between September and March (with the exception of December).  Descriptions of these sessions are below.

Mentoring and Developing Faculty
Kimberly Griffin
Associate Professor of Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy
University of Maryland

Session Description: Mentoring and Developing Faculty

This presentation contends that the myriad challenges facing faculty can be lessened through mentorship and policies and procedures that support faculty.  The presenter discusses the range of challenges facing faculty, with additional attention to those affecting specific populations such as underrepresented populations and assistant professors.  Through an examination of policies and procedures that can support faculty, as well as special attention to the content, style and structure of mentoring relationships, participants enhance their ability to successfully encourage and support faculty mentorship and development at their own institutions.

Leadership Communication Strategies for Leading Change
Mary Lou Higgerson
Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus
Baldwin-Wallace University

Session Description: Leadership Communication Strategies for Leading Change

Administrative leaders at every level of the institution frequently find themselves responsible for leading and managing change.  Success in this essential component of effective leadership demands effective use of such important communication skills as creating a climate conducive to change, melting resistance to change, and managing the conflict often experienced when leading change.  In this virtual session, participants will have an opportunity to consider and practice leadership communication strategies essential to leading change.

Strategic Planning
Jim Trainer
Associate Vice President and Executive Director
Office of Planning & Institutional Research
Villanova University

Session Description: Strategic Planning

Despite its ubiquity in colleges and universities, strategic planning can still be a complex – and contentious – process.  This session examines its roots and history in higher education, various models, tools, and techniques used today in planning and resource allocation, measures of success, as well as critiques of strategic planning.   Drawing from the presenter’s extensive experience in planning, participants gain access to a wealth of knowledge and resources that will provide them with a deeper understanding of the strategic planning process.

Promoting Teaching Excellence: Evaluation of Teaching and Faculty Development
Crystal Ramsay
Faculty Programs Manager
Teaching and Learning with Technology
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Education
Penn State University

Session Description: Promoting Teaching Excellence: Evaluation of Teaching and Faculty Development

To promote teaching excellence, we must first be able to define and communicate what we mean by excellent teaching.  Targeting three primary objectives, this interactive session prepares academic leaders to promote and support teaching excellence within their institutions.  First, participants will define and differentiate between excellent teaching and effective teaching.  Second, participants learn approaches to evaluate teaching, discussing myriad data sources that may be leveraged in assessment.  Third, the session supports participants in developing a culture of faculty development and teaching excellence within their institutions.  The session draws on the expertise of the presenter, participants, and current literature.

Legal Issues and Academic Leadership
Neal Hutchens
Professor of Higher Education
University of Mississippi

Session Description: Legal Issues and Academic Leadership

Legal considerations increasingly impact the work of higher education leaders.  This session will provide a general framework for thinking about legal issues within higher education, with particular attention to the issues facing academic leaders.  Through interactive case studies, participants will contemplate issues within the cases and the proper responses of administrators.  The session will be structured around feedback from participants (solicited during the on-site session) on the topics of greatest interest to them.

Sustaining and Advancing Progress in Time, Stress, and Transition Management
Walter Gmelch
Professor of Organization and Leadership
School of Education
University of San Francisco

Session Description: Sustaining and Advancing Progress in Time, Stress, and Transition Management

This concluding virtual session is designed to ensure that the progress made during the on-site session, “Balancing Trade-offs: Managing your time, stress, and transitions,” is sustained and developed beyond the Academic Leadership Academy.  Participants will revisit and reflect upon work they completed during the on-site session to support this objective.  Further, additional attention will be devoted to transition management, both to and from academic leadership, to support participants in their future endeavors.

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