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Academic Leadership Academy

Information about the Academic Leadership Academy

The Academic Leadership Academy provides practical administrative knowledge and skills to academic administrators, including department heads, program directors, academic deans, vice presidents, and provosts. Many of these administrators are faced with difficult internal and external challenges. These challenges can prevent administrators from performing their duties effectively. Thus, appropriate professional development is helpful in fostering the necessary leadership skills.

The curriculum will cover a range of important and practical subjects. The academy consists of both a summer on-site session and six virtual sessions throughout the following academic year. The on-site topics include Leadership Development, Organizational Dynamics, Shared Governance, Communication, Faculty Employment Issues, Faculty Development, Strategic Management, Budgeting, Conflict Resolution, and Organizational Change.

The six virtual sessions will be developed by the cohort at completion of the on-site session, based on the needs and interests of the participants. These sessions will be delivered to the participants’ desktops and can be completed in less than three hours.

The academy is designed to establish a network of academic administrators to facilitate problem solving, communication, and professional development.

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The Academy was excellent. I strongly recommend this program to anyone in or considering an academic administrative position in higher education. The faculty are well versed in their areas. Everyone was extremely helpful. The networking will prove to be invaluable.

Linda Shriber
Director, Occupational Therapy Program
Nazarene College

The Penn State Academic Leadership Academy has been a tremendous professional experience. It afforded me to step outside of my institutions to take an elevated look at issues in higher education and engage in dialogue from a variety of viewpoints. I would highly recommend the academy because of the collegial discussion, networking with professionals who are in similar positions experiencing similar issues, and diving into research related to the discussion topics. The presenters were high-caliber professionals who brought different leadership styles to the forefront for examination and professional reflection. I would highly recommend those who want to be academic leaders at their institutions or prepare for leadership to participate!
Janice R. Moore, Ed.M.
Dean of Students
Central Pennsylvania College