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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 2019 Academic Leaders Program overview (PDF)

Materials for the Fall, 2019 program


Friday, August 16
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Kickoff Workshop
The Inn at Virginia Tech, Smithfield Room

Agenda (PDF)

Leadership Potential Presentation and Discussion (PDF)

VT Leadership Competencies (PDF)

Faculty Affairs and Academic Leadership presentation (PDF)

Wednesday, August 21
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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

This session is a COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENT for all with budget responsibility and/or signature authority as part of their role; optional for others.

253 Moss Arts Center, Learn Classroom

Administrative Responsibilities for Academic Leaders presentation (PDF)

Standards of Business Conduct (PDF)

Financial and Business Compliance Survey (PDF)

Additional Resources and Contacts (PDF)

Thursday, August 29
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

"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

Faculty Affairs Resources for Department Heads (PDF)

Thursday, September 5
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

“Leadership Theory Exploration” – Exploration of leadership theories and approaches, including Transformational, Authentic, Participative, Servant, and Resonant Leadership models.

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Smithfield Room

Leader Reflection "T" (PDF)

Leadership Theories presentation (PDF)

Leadership Theories Detailed Overview (PDF)

Thursday, September 19
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Duck Pond Room


Thursday, November 7
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

"Your Leadership Toolkit" - Refining your vision and supporting strategies to enable you to lead toward meaningful results, including strategic planning and leading change.    

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Duck Pond Room

Vision, Strategy, and Leading Change presentation (PDF)

Wednesday, November 20
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

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

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Duck Pond Room

Leadership Communication presentation (PDF)

Leadership Communication Handout (PDF)

Strategies for Influencing (PDF)

Thursday, December 5
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

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

2400 North End Center

Leadership Facilitation presentation (PDF)

Motivation Handout (PDF)

Universal Needs Assessment (PDF)

Tuesday, December 10 Cancelled: Look for rescheduling in Spring 2020
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

"Data-Informed Decision Making" - Data - both quantitative and qualitative - is key to informing decisions that support strategic management and leadership needs. A panel of current academic leaders will discuss their strategies and experience and answer questions.

University Data Resources

Decision-Making Styles (PDF)

Thursday, December 12
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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

Please plan to stay after for a closing reception in the Smithfield Room, celebrating the hard work of this fall's cohort! Deans, department heads, program nominators, and other academic leaders will also be in attendance

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Duck Pond Room

Leader Relationships Presentation (PDF)

Navigating Difference Handout (PDF)

Academic Leaders Program Resources

View the full program information and Resources for Academic Leaders.


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