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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 126 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.

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 2022-2023 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).

If you are interested in learning more about the ALD please contact at or speak to colleagues who participated in the past, click here for the list of prior ALD participants..


Past Events:

Rosemary Johnson/Academic Leadership Development Alumni Symposium 2023

Dr. Adrianna Kezar – Connecting the Dots: How Shared Equity Leadership Can Support Culture Change in our DEIJ and Antiracism Work
Friday, March 31, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Where do we go next to reinvigorate our commitment to and actualize our desire to become an antiracist university? Our energy can sometimes be diverted by new challenges or lose momentum without sustained and intentional connections for action and accountability.

Shared equity leadership (SEL) is a leadership approach that scales diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work and creates culture change by connecting individual and organizational transformation. Pullias Center Director Adrianna Kezar and her colleagues suggest that the work of improving equity outcomes of systemically-marginalized students is at its most effective when leadership teams across campus take collective responsibility in developing and moving the diversity, equity, and inclusion agenda forward.

Learn more about Dr. Kezar.

2021 Rosemary Johnson ALD Alumni Symposium Event:

When: October 27th from 12-1:30pm
Location: Zoom

Guest speaker, Dr. Robert W. Livingston, will be discussing his research and his new book, The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations.

Click here to view the flyer for more information.

2018 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.

More information about Liz Walker’s 2018 Rosemary Johnson Symposium Lecture 

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 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
Session 2 Additional Resources
Session 4 Additional Resources


Coaching and Mentoring Planner
Coaching Chart
Feedback Planner
Harvard Faculty Authorship Guidelines by Martin
The importance of getting inventorship right by Sheiness & Canady
Tufts Points of Pride
Tufts Fact Book 2013-14
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)