The Academic Leadership Development Program (ALD) provides Tufts faculty with tools and skills to navigate the diverse issues that arise with academic leadership positions. The need for such a program was identified by the University-wide Committee on Teaching and Faculty Development and the Department of Human Resources to address the challenges routinely faced by faculty and academic staff in leadership positions. With more than 100 faculty participants, Tufts’ ALD provides a confidential and positive learning environment to discuss topics associated with academic leadership and develop skills through applied exercises.
ALD participants gathered at the Rosemary Johnson Symposium, 2017.
The ALD Program has received extremely positive feedback from all participants. They report greater understanding of their multi-faceted roles as academic leaders, increased self-awareness and confidence, and an improved capacity for problem solving. They also value the important opportunity to establish an ongoing network of colleagues from across the University.
Based on feedback and the changing environment for Academic Leaders, the ALD was redesigned in 2018 as a hybrid model. The program consists of four on-line interactive modules, and five face to face meetings through the duration of one year. These modules will address: (1) Coaching and Mentoring, (2) the Basics of Budgets and Day-to-day Operations, (3) Leading Change, and (4) Building and Leading a Diverse Community.
Participants will complete the ALD program over the course of one year, beginning and ending in early June. This hybrid model allows for sustained engagement of members and the ability to complete the program as conveniently fits into busy faculty schedules.
The program will be offered in 2020 – 2021 to a group of up to 20 academic leaders from Tufts’ schools and academic programs from across all campuses. The program is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), and Tufts Employee Learning and Development (TELD).
Liz Walker’s Rosemary Johnson Symposium Lecture & ALD Alumni Gathering
Wednesday, April, 4th, 2018
In the spring of 2018, Liz Walker spoke at our annual Rosemary Johnson Symposium & ALD Alumni Gathering. Her lecture was entitled “Grace In Times of Incivility.” To download and view her lecture, click here.