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Academic Leadership Development

Faculty and Academic Affairs supports academic leaders as they build and strengthen the academic units within which faculty carry out the mission and strategic goals of the University of Minnesota.

Department Heads and Chairs

One of the key roles of Faculty and Academic Affairs is to support department chairs and heads as they lead their academic units. In addition to regular consulting about specific issues and opportunities, we facilitate a series of programs and events:

  • Provost's Academic Leadership Seminar, a year-long program designed to connect new chairs, heads and faculty associate deans with information and resources
  • Talking Heads series that invites all chairs/heads to come together to discuss particular aspects of their roles
  • Ongoing sessions to promote active conversation between heads/chairs and central administrators

Big 10 Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program

Established in 1989, this year-long program develops the academic leadership skills of nominated faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and academic promise. The program addresses the challenges of academic administration at major research universities, while helping faculty members prepare to meet those challenges. In addition to forums with Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) colleagues, participants participate in conversations throughout the academic year with members of UMN leadership. Participants have already demonstrated leadership in some capacity (often as department/program chairs or associate deans) and are exploring expanding their leadership contributions.