Building Academic Leadership Capacity: A Guide to Best Practices

Venue: New York - USA

Date: 1 - 5 October, 2019.

Fee: $4,500.00


Conference Objective

Building Academic Leadership Capacity gives institutions the knowledge they need to invest in the next generation of academic leaders. With a clear, generalizable, systematic approach, this conference provides insight into the elements of successful academic leadership and the training that makes it effective. Participants will explore original research that facilitates systematic, continuous program development, augmented by Speakers own insight drawn from experience establishing such programs. Numerous examples of current campus programs illustrate the concepts in action, and reflection questions lead readers to assess how they can apply these concepts to their own programs.


The academic leader is the least studied and most misunderstood management position in the world.

Demands for accountability and the complexities of higher education leadership are increasing, and institutions need ways to shape leaders at the department chair, dean, and executive levels of all functions and responsibilities. This conference provides a road map to an effective development program, whether the goal is to revamp an existing program or build one from the ground up. Delegates will learn to:

  • Develop campus leadership programs in a more systematic manner
  • Examine approaches that have been proven effective at other institutions
  • Consider how these approaches could be applied to your institution
  • Give leaders the skills they need to overcome any challenge

Leadership Conference Objectives

  • Introduce the concept of leadership behaviours
  • Discussion and debate about leadership
  • Define beyond traditional leadership stereotypes
  • Cement personal understanding
  • Individual leadership qualities and strengths
  • Clarify the way communication works
  • Provide insight into communication by behaviour
  • The importance of attitude
  • The power of changing what you do
  • Leading by example
  • Getting people committed to projects
  • How individuals make things happen
  • Articulate strategies for effective management of departmental activities
  • Plan for an effective presence in wider university structures
  • Drive both quality assurance and quality enhancement
  • Assist colleagues in the drafting of teaching and learning strategies
  • Offer leadership and guidance to departmental colleagues on the core theoretical issues of curriculum development
  • Formulate and implement an effective research strategy for the department
  • Implement plans for mentorship of departmental staff around issues of intellectual development and career planning
  • Provide for effective succession planning.


ACCOMMODATION: This Conference is non-residential. Participants are to lodge in hotels of their choice near the conference centre. A list of these Hotels will be provided on request.