Professional Development Leadership Seminars for Academic Administrators

TO: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM: Edith Hillan, Vice-Provost, Academic
DATE: June 25, 2008
SUBJECT: Professional Development Leadership Seminars for Academic Administrators


One of the ways in which the Provost's Office provides support to academic administrators is through a series of professional development leadership seminars in the summer and fall terms.  The goals of the program are to provide academic administrators with key information and resources which will assist them in the transition to their new role, to provide opportunities for interaction with colleagues, and to build relationships and share perspectives. These sessions offer proven strategies and advice for dealing with various scenarios - both expected and unexpected! - in the life of an academic administrator. Through the program, those with previous administrative experience can continue their professional development in academic leadership, learn about policy and procedure changes and lend their expertise and experience to the dialogue.

While new academic administrators are expected to attend these sessions, experienced academic administrators are also invited to attend the seminars which begin in July with an introductory orientation and leadership retreat.
This three-day event will be held from Tuesday July 8th to Thursday July 10th 2008 between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, at the Vaughan Estate, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue. Go to this link for more details.

Throughout the academic year, Thursday mornings are used for meetings of Principals and Deans (P&D), Principals, Deans, Academic Director and Chairs
(PDAD&C) and for seminars on topics such as conflict management, balancing responsibilities, research issues, advancement and dealing with the media.
This year we will be offering 'just-in-time' lunch hour sessions on a variety of topics of interest to academic administrators which focus on specific issues relevant to that time in the academic cycle. A complete schedule of workshops will be posted on the website shortly.

If you have any questions concerning the program, please feel free to contact Sara-Jane Finlay, Director, Academic Human Resources at sarajane.finlay@utoronto.ca or (416) 978-1855.