Orientation and Leadership Retreat for Newly Appointed Academic Administrators

PDADC#99, 2009-10


To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:     Edith Hillan, Vice Provost, Faculty & Academic Life
Date: June 9, 2010
Re: Orientation and Leadership Retreat for Newly Appointed 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. Our 2010/11 Professional Development Series will begin with a special three day New Academic Administrators Orientation and Leadership Retreat to be held on Wednesday, July 21st, Thursday, July 22nd, and Friday, July 23rd from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 pm. The retreat will take place in the Music Room at Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, on the St. George Campus. Please register via the following link: http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/link/events/aaevents/Retreat2010.htm  

The goals of the leadership retreat and the ongoing professional development program are to provide academic administrators with key information and resources which will assist them in their role, will provide opportunities for interaction with colleagues, and will build relationships and the opportunity to 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.

While new academic administrators are expected to attend the Retreat, experienced academic administrators are also invited to attend or simply to join us for the opening reception on the 21st July 2010 at 4.30pm (please indicate your attendance by registering at the above link). Through the Retreat, 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.

Throughout the academic year, Thursday mornings are used for meetings of Principals and Deans (P&D), Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs (PDAD&C). Again this year we will be offering 'Just-In-Time' lunch sessions following these meetings from 12pm to 2pm, beginning on Thursday, 16th September. These sessions focus on specific issues relevant to that time in the academic, governance, and administrative cycle (e.g., 3rd year review, promotion, tenure review, etc). A complete schedule of workshops will be available online shortly.

If you have any questions or suggestions concerning the retreat or the just-in-time sessions, please feel free to contact Sara-Jane Finlay, Director, Faculty and Academic Life at sarajane.finlay@utoronto.ca or (416) 978-1855.