Monthly workshops are offered throughout the academic year to get you prepared for your leadership role. The workshops are provided as part of our academic leaders competency model.

Innovate Hours are short events with tea/coffee and cookies covering new ideas for academic leadership.

Our trainings serve all faculty across the university, including our academic leaders, tenured/tenure-track faculty, instructional faculty, research associates, and post-doctoral researcher, and include tried and true methods for improving productivity, enhancing communication skills, and co-creating an productive happy work environment.

The orientation is offered yearly prior to the start of the fall semester.  It provides the kinds of information and skills you need to be successful as an academic leader. You will come away with a better understanding of what it means to shift from your prior role (e.g., as a faculty member, or associate chair, or at another institution) to your new administrative/leadership role. We encourage all academic leaders to participate in this crucial session at some time in their role as leader. 

The goal of the retreat, a yearly gathering of senior academic leaders, is to build an ongoing sustainable knowledge base on what it means to be an academic leader, to enhance skills of leadership, create a common knowledge base, learn tactics and strategies, and foster relationships.  

Materials from previous ALI events are available for viewing and download.

Academic Leaders from the University of Colorado Boulder developed in collaboration with Faculty Relations and Human Resources key competencies and associated behaviors that our leaders aspire to meet within their units. This unique set of competencies is what motivates our Academic Leaders Institute.

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Academic Leaders Institute Competency Model

Upcoming Events and Offerings 

  • Feb 9 (Tue) at 4-5:15pm - Getting You Prepared Workshop: Faculty Evaluation - Practical Advice
    It is time for Faculty Performance Ratings. This is also a great time to start planning for your coaching of Faculty. Learn some practical advice about merit evaluations, what to do in challenging situations, and ask your questions, as we hear from a panel of current chairs. Speakers: Arturo Aldama, Chair, Ethnic Studies; Nils Halverson, Chair, Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences; Laura Kornish, Chair, Marketing

  • Feb 25 (Thu) at 1-2pm - Innovate Hour: Maintaining your Scholarship and Creative Activities as an Academic Leader
    It’s possible! Hear from colleagues who have successfully navigated the challenge of maintaining research and creative work productivity while serving as one of CU Boulder’s few Female academic leaders. Speakers: Irene Blair, Chair, Psychology and Neuroscience; Deane Bowers, former Chair, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Yonca Ertimur, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Leeds

  • Mar 10 (Wed) at 2-3pm - Innovate Hour: Social Intelligence
    Effective leaders understand the power of harnessing skillful listening techniques and that means having a repertoire of good ways to respond. One impactful technique is knowing when to use autobiographical listening versus emphatic listening to better understand your faculty and staff. In this Innovate Hour, we will learn how to listen and respond with social intelligence, which is the ability recognize, understand and manage our own and others emotions. Facilitator: Lauren Harris, Training and Development Manager, Human Resources

  • Mar 16 (Tue) at 2-3:30pm - Getting You Prepared Workshop: Comprehensive Review, Promotion and Tenure (CRPT)
    This session features insights into navigating the processes of comprehensive review, reappointment, promotion, and tenure (CRPT) in your role as an academic leader. Speaker: Michele Moses, Vice Provost and Associated Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs

  • Apr 19 (Mon) at 1-2:15 pm - Getting You Prepared Workshop: The Complex World of University and Academic Budgets
    Where did the current year's budget go, and what are the plans for next year's budget? How do campus, college, and unit level budgets work? How can I be a good fiscal steward in my unit? These questions and more will be covered by campus budget experts. This workshop will provide an overview of the university budget, its different sources of funds, how the university thinks about our dollars, and current external/internal challenges. 
    Presenters: Carla Ho-a, Chief Financial Officer; Ann Schmiesing, Executive Vice Provost for Academic Resource Management

  • July 13 (Tue) at 1-2 pm - Innovate Hour: Resiliency Skills for Faculty
    In these complex and stressful times, the need for accessible and effective tools are essential as we navigate change and prepare for the future. This Innovate Hour will explain the role emotions play in performance and health and how to utilize the heart/brain connection to regulate your heart rhythms to immediately address your emotional state in challenging situations. For over 20 years, the evidence-based HeartMath® program has helped people discover practical ‘in the moment’ self-regulation tools to increase resilience in stressful or pressured situations.