Faculty Leadership Development
The Center for Faculty Advancement (CFA) provides a range of professional development offerings for faculty at every phase of their academic career. Through its partnerships with Academic Impressions, NYU Office of Human Resources, NYU Office of Equal Opportunity, and Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, the Center offers leadership development opportunities for all faculty, and also for faculty-administrators, and other higher education leaders across campus.
Leadership Resources for All Faculty
We have chosen Academic Impressions as our partner to deliver a range of both in-person and online resources to help better equip faculty with the tools to lead and become leaders in their respective departments, programs, offices, and/or administrative units. ALL NYU faculty members may create an account on the Academic Impressions website using “@nyu.edu” email address in order to utilize the online resources membership. Please note, faculty must log into your account before selecting the webcasts of interest.
The Center for Faculty Advancement through its partnership with Academic Impressions is pleased to announce the Virtual Writing Café for faculty. This resource consists of 4 videos, each of which is a full writing café session intended to be used by faculty members as a tool to bring some structure to their writing practice. Each video starts with a short introduction, followed by a 5-minute focusing exercise, and a 45-minute period for focused work. During the focused work period, there is a running timer available. At the end of the 45 minutes, there is an announcement letting people know they are done, and encouraging them to take a short break before going about their day or starting a second work block.
Upcoming Leadership Development Workshops
This spring, faculty leaders may choose to participate in workshops: Faculty Leadership at All Levels; Chair Leadership Institute; or Equity Minded Leadership Institute to enhance your skills while balancing your busy schedule. The workshops will be offered virtually! See below and learn which workshop is right for you. All sessions are synchronous.
Chair Leadership Institute: Leading and Influencing as a Chair
This program focuses on leadership and not just the nuts and bolts of running the department, we invite Chairs (or faculty in senior administrative roles of faculty in administrative roles in faculty affairs. ) of all experience levels to attend. If you have never received anonymous feedback about your leadership, this is a unique opportunity to do so via an expertly facilitated process. You’ll also be able to debrief your feedback with one of the program facilitators.
Leading as an academic chair is difficult under the best of circumstances. You need to balance the competing interests of faculty and administration and stretch limited resources, all while maintaining your own scholarship and teaching loads. Add the uncertainty and complexity of leading through an ever-changing higher ed landscape and it becomes clear that the current environment can test even the most seasoned leaders.
Attend this six-week leadership boot camp designed specifically for academic leaders to discover or reconnect with the most effective ways to lead in a variety of situations and circumstances. We’ll explore your leadership style and how it changes under stress, as well as how you can more effectively communicate and collaborate with colleagues, manage difficult faculty and staff, resolve conflict, and grow your influence. The boot camp's curriculum is designed by a former Chair and senior academic leader. You will leave this boot camp with a set of proven strategies and tactics for leading in a changing academic context.
Assess your leadership effectiveness and gain confidence in your ability to be your best self as an academic leader.
Equity Minded Leadership Institute
This bootcamp is designed for Faculty, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, and Program Directors of any/all experience levels who are committed to the creation of an inclusive and equitable climate throughout the department, especially when others may not exhibit the same commitment. If you’re looking to dialogue about your most important DEI efforts, this bootcamp is for you.
Leading in an academic environment requires attention and focus to ensure your community— faculty, staff, and students— feel heard, valued, and included in meaningful ways in the day-to-day functions of your department. You have the unique opportunity to lead from a position of influence where you can help shape policies, practices, and the mindsets of others in a way that fosters a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). It is important work, and
you likely have many questions about how to ensure your efforts have a long-lasting impact.
Attend online to discuss ways that you can foster a mindset of DEI in yourself and across your department. You’ll develop a shared language around DEI from an anti-racism lens— a lens that you can then apply to traditionally excluded populations. You will also learn how to analyze policies and practices within your department that are most impacted by equity and inclusion (or the lack thereof), and you’ll brainstorm ways to mitigate barriers that prevent you from creating an equitable and inclusive culture. During this boot camp, you’ll explore topics such as:
- What does an equitable and inclusive department look like and what is my role as chair in advancing equity and inclusion throughout the department?
- How can you illuminate and respond to inequities and lack of inclusion in policies and practices?
- How can you effectively make a case for changes related to equity and inclusion and bring others along with you in this work?
To help you translate insights from the bootcamp into actionable outcomes within your department, you’ll create an equity plan for your department. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to get feedback from your instructors and peers on your equity plan so that you can walk away feeling confident that you can navigate your most difficult DEI challenges.
Ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are top of mind in everything you do.
Faculty Leadership at All Levels
This program is ideal for faculty members of all experience levels. Whether you have zero or many years of leadership experience, this bootcamp will help you reflect on your purpose and vision for the future.
Authentic leadership is not granted by positional authority but instead earned over time and through specific behaviors. In higher education, where responsibility and authority do not always go hand in hand, we must cultivate a model of leadership that prizes building trust, collaborating with others, and leading with purpose.
Attend an online, five-week leadership boot camp that consists of expert instruction, group discussion, personal reflection, and small group activities. A cornerstone of the bootcamp will be your leadership workbook, which will guide you through understanding and mastering the concepts of the model “The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.” by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner in their book The Leadership Challenge, which posits that leaders display some core behaviors at their peak no matter their culture, gender, age, or other identities. It is a simple but powerful model for elevating and expressing your leadership, regardless of your role at your institution. Most importantly, the boot camp will show you how to integrate these practices into your daily leadership practice.
The five practices are:
- Modeling the Way: Clarify and strengthen your leadership values, explore the values of your team, and set examples to align actions with shared values
- Inspiring a Shared Vision: Develop and communicate a shared common purpose in order to build trust and cohesion in your team
- Challenging the Process: Navigate team and institutional changes with the intent of uniting and leading your team effectively through change
- Enabling Others to Act: Build and motivate your team by developing high levels of trust
- Encouraging the Heart: Explore different types of empathy, and learn critical listening skills as a means for building stronger communication within your team
Additionally, you will also have the opportunity to receive feedback from peers within your cohort and from your expert instructor, which will help you define and inform your leadership goals. Our expert instructor will anchor the concepts in the higher education landscape so that you’ll walk away with a tailored action plan that identifies areas in which to focus your efforts.
Ground your leadership in your personal and professional values, and take your management skills to the next level.
Department Chair Leadership Development
The Center for Faculty Advancement in collaboration with Academic Impressions offers leadership development workshops for Department Chairs and other higher education leaders. During Fall 2021, department chairs will have the opportunity to participate in Group Coaching Circle that will enhance and develop leadership skills.
Group Coaching Circle is small online group of 6-8 department chairs, designed to build a sense of community across schools or units. By being part of a group coaching circle, department chairs will learn from each other, get meaningful support, adopt new tools and strategies, share resources, and build opportunities for cross-school/unit collaboration.
Group coaching circle is facilitated by an expert coach who has extensive leadership experience in higher education and facilitating online group conversations. Together with the coach/facilitator, the coaching circle co-creates the agenda and decides on topics most relevant to the group’s specific needs. The coaching circle meets six times, over Zoom, on Fridays beginning October 15, 2021 and ending on December 10, 2021 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Fall 2021 Dates and Time
|Fall 2021 Group Coaching Circle|
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST
|October 15, 2021|
|October 29, 2021|
|November 12, 2021|
|November 19, 2021|
|December 3, 2021|
|December 10, 2021|