Academic Leaders Program

In most academic institutions, faculty are named to leadership positions without receiving any significant orientation to their new role. The assumption is that excellence in their discipline will translate into excellence in an administrative role. While this may ultimately be the case, this transition is greatly eased if the faculty are provided with guidance and resources relative to their new role.

The Boston Consortium has created a program for faculty new to administrative leadership roles. This program consists of four evening sessions during the academic year during which faculty learn from each other and from an experienced facilitator and coach.

This four-part program engages faculty from across the Consortium's member schools in dialogue and learning about the leadership and management expertise needed in their new roles. The focus is on challenges such as preparing for and participating in performance reviews, addressing conflict in the department, establishing a new working relationship with faculty colleagues, and representing the department to the rest of the institution.

Upon completion of this program, participants are invited to join the Academic Leaders Community of Practice and continue the dialogue.

If you would like more information, please contact Francine Crystal, Program Facilitator.

Academic Leaders Resources


  • C.K. Gunsalus. The College Administrator's Survival Guide
  • Don Chu. The Department Chair Primer
  • Stone, Patton and Heen. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
  • Allan Cohen. Influence without Authority
  • Edwin H. Friedman. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix
  • Deryl R. Leaming. Academic Leadership: A Practical Guide to Chairing the Department
  • Robert Boice. Advice for New Faculty Members
  • Estela Mara Bensimon, et al. The Department Chair's Role in Developing New Faculty Into Teachers and Scholars
  • Mary Lou Higgerson. Communications Skills for Department Chairs
  • Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, et al. Faculty of Color in Academe – Bittersweet Success
  • John Kotter. Leading Change
  • David Allen. Getting Things Done
  • Roger Fisher and William Ury. Getting to Yes