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Click here for more information on the Spring 2024 Symposium.

This year’s applications are closed. Please check back in late summer 2024 for information on the next ALD cycle.

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 program was developed to support current and future faculty academic leaders to be able to address the challenges routinely faced in those leadership positions.  The ALD program 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.

ALD participants gathered at the Rosemary Johnson Symposium, 2017.

The program addresses a variety of topics, including coaching and mentoring, effective feedback, leading change, leading systemic change for equity and justice, and navigating politics.  

Over 200 faculty have participated since it began, and has received extremely positive feedback from its participants. They report greater understanding of the 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.  

This year’s program will take place over the course of the spring and summer of 2024 with a group of up to 20 academic leaders from all Tufts’ schools and academic programs participating. There is some asynchronous work expected between the meetings below, including watching and responding to online content in our Canvas site. 

The meetings will be held on the following days in person on the Medford Campus:  

Friday, February 2, 2024  9:00am – 12:00pm 
Friday, March 1, 2024  8:30am – 12:00pm 
Friday, April 5, 2024  8:30am – 1:00pm 
Friday, April 26, 2024 (ALD Alumni speaker)  12:00pm – 2:30pm 
WEDNESDAY, June 5, 2024  8:30am – 1:00pm 
Friday, September 20, 2024 Closing  2:00pm – 5:00pm

If you would like to talk to someone about the ALD please contact at To see who has participated in the past, click here for the list of prior ALD participants.

This program is co-sponsored by the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Office of The Vice Provost for Faculty. 

Past Events:


Past Rosemary Johnson ALD Alumni Symposia

Connecting the Dots: How Shared Equity Leadership Can Support Culture Change in our DEIJ and Antiracism Work

Dr. Adrianna Kezar

March 31, 2023

Learn more about Dr. Kezar.

The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations

Dr. Robert W. Livingston

October 27, 2021

Click here to view the flyer for more information.

Grace In Times of Incivility

Dr. Liz Walker

April 4, 2018

To learn more and to view her talk, click here.

Cultivating a Practice of Mindful Leadership to Create an Inclusive Campus

Robbin Chapman

March 3rd, 2017

Click here to view the flyer for more information.

Navigating Politics in a Time of Change

Mary Shapiro

March 26, 2015

Click here to view the flyer for more information.

Mary Dean Sorcinelli

April 26th, 2013

Influence without Authority

Allan Cohen

April 26th, 2012

Career-life Integration

Brad Harrington

October 19th, 2012