Open Menu Close Menu Open Search Close Search

The Academic Leadership Development Program (ALD) provides participants with important tools and skills to navigate the diverse issues that arise with academic leadership positions. The program intends to support faculty and staff in, or aspiring to, leadership roles to develop the skills necessary to address challenges routinely faced by academic leaders. With more than 200 past faculty participants, the ALD provides a confidential and highly engaged learning experience where they engage with each other through readings, discussions, and applied exercises.

ALD participants gathered at the Rosemary Johnson Symposium, 2017.

ALD participants gathered at the Rosemary Johnson Symposium, 2017.

Feedback on the ALD experience is very positive. Past participants report that they left the program with a greater understanding of their multi-faceted roles as academic leaders, increased self-awareness and confidence, and an improved capacity for problem solving. They also said they valued the important opportunity to establish an ongoing network of colleagues from across the University. After the program, participants receive monthly articles, and are invited to attend the annual Rosemary Johnson Academic Leadership Development symposium with an invited speaker or workshop facilitator.

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 the spring of 2024 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 Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), and the Assistant Provost for Faculty Development.

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

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