Academic Leadership Development Program (ALD)


The ALD program provides faculty leaders with the tools and skills to navigate the myriad of issues that arise with leadership roles, a need identified by the University-wide Committee on Teaching and Faculty Development and the Human Resources Department. Designed for Tufts’ academic leaders (academic deans, department chairs, program directors, etc.), the ALD is a five-session program offered in half-day blocks during the spring that addresses:

1) Academic Leadership in Action
2) Communication and Managing Conflict
3) Navigating Politics
4) ALD Alumni Gathering
5) Leading Change

Each session includes pre-work for the participants, interactive presentations and discussions, and hands-on practical activities. The ALD program is offered every spring semester for 16-20 faculty leaders through an application process. The University’s Office of Human Resources/Tufts Employee Learning and Development (TELD), the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CELT), and the Office of the Provost (OP) partner to coordinate the ALD.

If you are interested in learning more about the ALD or applying please contact Roberta Sullivan at

Academic Leadership Resources

ALD Alumni: Readings and Resources

Creating a Community of Leadership: Lessons learned from managing an academic leadership development program (by Mary Y. Lee and Regina Corrao, 8/30/11)

At a Glance Academic Leader Roles and Responsibilities
The Department Chair Spring 2010 by Gappa and Trice
The Role of the Department Chair adapted from Hecht, Higgerson, Gmelch and Tucker (1999)
Tufts Organizational and Leadership Competencies
Typology of Department Chairs by Rick Reis

Session 1 Additional Resources

Anonymous Reporting Hotline
Taking the Stress Out of Stressful Conversations by Weeks
Session 2 Additional Resources


Change Management by Wheeler
Session 4 Additional Resources

Coaching and Mentoring Planner
Coaching Chart
Feedback Planner
Harvard Faculty Authorship Guidelines by Martin
Nature’s guide for mentors
The importance of getting inventorship right by Sheiness & Canady
Tufts Points of Pride

Tufts Fact Book 2013-14
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)