Orientation & Leadership Retreat for Newly Appointed Academic Administrators

PDAD&C#64, 2011-12

To:  PDAD&C 
From:     Edith Hillan, Vice Provost, Faculty & Academic Life
Date:  May 24, 2012
Re:  Orientation & 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 2012/13 Professional Development Series will begin with a special four-day New Academic Administrators Orientation and Leadership Retreat to be held from Monday, July 16th to Thursday, July 19th 2012 between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily, at the Organizational Development & Learning Centre (ODLC), 215 Huron Street, on the St. George Campus. Please register via the following link: http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/link/events/aaevents/retreat-2012.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 16th July 2012 at 4.00pm (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) and Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs (PDAD&C). Again this year, we will be offering 'Just-In-Time' lunch sessions following these meetings beginning on 13th September. These sessions will focus on specific issues relevant to that time in the academic, governance, and administrative cycle (e.g., faculty recruitment, tenure review, etc).

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 of the Office of the Vice Provost, Faculty and Academic Life at sarajane.finlay@utoronto.ca or (416) 978-1855.