Spring Topics in Leadership

This spring, we are offering a number of mini-workshops geared primarily toward spurring discussion among academic leaders on important topics in leadership.

        Solid relationships are a foundational requirement for leaders to be effective, and trust is at the foundation of solid relationships. What do great leaders do to build trust? How do group and power dynamics impact trust in a leader? What strategies are effective for building, strengthening, and even re-building trust?

  • "Humility" in Leaders - Friday, March 17 from 3:00-4:30pm; 2400 North End Center

        What role does "humility" play in building relationships with others and credibility as a leader? How humbly do you view yourself? How do you think others view your humility? How do you know? What are the challenges (real adn perceived) that may come with bringing greater humility to a leadership role?

  • Leading in Ambiguity - Monday, April 24 from 3:00-4:30pm; 2400 North End Center

        How do the demands on leaders shift during times of rapid change or ambiguity? How do effective leaders balance the challenges of their own reactions to change and need for clarity with the needs of their people during these times? What are the best ways to continue to build and preserve leader relationships and maintain personal vision during times of ambiguity?

Academic Leaders Fall Series

What began several years ago as a two-day orientation held in the late summer for new department heads has now evolved into a semester-long series of networking and learning workshops designed for new and aspiring academic leaders.  The program kicks off with a full-day workshop in mid-August, and continues throughout the fall semester with a series of shorter workshops and discussions.  This New Academic Leaders series is offered not just for new department heads (though they remain a key target audience), but to anyone in an academic leadership role – at any level – who may benefit from the topics covered as well as networking with other campus leaders.  Faculty who are being developed for or may be considering future leadership roles are also welcome to attend.


Two workshop sessions have been rescheduled from the fall program - dates, information, and materials follow...

Thursday, February 2, 2017: 1:00 - 3:30pm  --  Leadership Communication

Duck Pond Room, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center



Thursday, February 23, 2017: 1:00 - 3:30pm  --  Leadership Facilitation

2400 North End Center



View the Fall 2016 New Academic Leaders overview


Materials from the Fall, 2016 program:

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

Kickoff Workshop


Latham Ballroom C, 

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center


Leadership Potential presentation and discussion

VT Leadership Competencies

Faculty Affairs and Academic Leadership presentation

"Defining Leadership" themes and notes

"Anticipated Challenges" discussion notes 


Tuesday, August 12, 2016 - 1:00 - 5:00pm

“Day One Business Management” – information related to budget authority and responsibility, reporting, business management practices at the university, procurement, and audit functions. 


Duckpond Room, 

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

Administrative Responsibilities for Academic Leaders presentation

Standards of Business Conduct

FY2016 Financial and Business Compliance Survey

Additional Resources and Contacts

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

“Conversation with the Provost” - highlighting updates, strategies, and leadership perspectives from our Chief Academic Officer. 


Smithfield Room, 

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center


Provost's Beyond Boundaries Presentation

University Beyond Boundaries Report


Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

“Your Leadership Toolkit” – it all starts with articulating a vision, then linking it to strategic planning. We'll also explore the leader's role in managing change.


Drillfield Room, 

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center


Vision and Strategy Presentation

Leadership Vision Overview

Mission & Vision

Strategic Planning Guide

Leading Change



Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

"Leader Relationships" - tools, resources, and practices to support building productive relationships, including navigating difference and building and preserving trust. 


Duck Pond Room,

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center


Navigating Differences

Leadership Trust article


Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

"Data-Based Decision Making" - A look at decision making models and approaches, the strategic impact of effective decision-making, and a panel discussion of current leaders about their use of data in decision making.


Smithfield Room, 

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center


Decision-Making Styles

Thursday, December 1, 2015 - 1:00 - 3:30pm

"Faculty Recruiting, Retention, and Development" - The Faculty Affairs Team in the provost's office shares process information, tools, resources, and approaches to support effective faculty recruitment, support and developmet, and retention.





Full program information and resources from the 2015 Academic Leaders Series can be viewed here.


Questions about the program may be sent to Amy Hogan.