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Academic Leadership Development

Provost Agouris is committed to supporting the development of academic leaders on campus with the intention of supporting individual development to advance the collective good of the university. The approach to leadership development and preparation for mid-level academic leaders includes three main pillars:

  1. Leadership development (which is the focus of the spring 2022 program Supporting Mid-level Academic Leaders);
  2. Training in business operations, such as human resources, budget, etc. (underway);
  3. Training in academic administration, such as faculty evaluation and workload, enrollment, curriculum, etc. (TBD).

The essence of the spring 2022 semester-long academic leadership development program focuses on providing needed background on several topics critical to learning to lead in an academic context, whereas the other two pillars provide training on the nuts and bolts of mid-level academic leadership. Widespread feedback was sought in developing the leadership development portion of this initiative, with attention paid to tangible tools ready for immediate implementation and building of a community of mid-level leaders. The inclusion of reflection on personal approaches to leading and small-group work helps personalize the program. Importantly, presenters for the sessions will be faculty and staff with expertise in the included topics.

The inaugural cohort for this leadership program is expected to be around 25 individuals. Apply now.

Supporting Mid-level Academic Leaders Program Mission

To support the professional development of faculty interested in academic leadership roles who will foster a positive working environment, explore opportunities within the disciplines they oversee to advance William & Mary’s strategic objectives, and influence change where necessary to improve the effectiveness of their units. Learn more.