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.

  • Sep 14 (Tue) 3:00-4:30 pm - Getting You Prepared: Comprehensive Review, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure (CRPT) (Part 1 of 2-Part Series)
    You will be soon preparing for next year’s tenure and promotions cases, and NOW is the time to get an overview on to do this. Come and learn: • What is the chair's and dean’s role in supervising the reappointment and promotion process? • How do I constitute a PUEC, arrange for letters from external reviewers, and keep the process on track? • How can I as chair or dean protect the confidentiality of the review process? • If a case receives an affirmative vote in your department but a negative vote from the Dean's Advisory Committee, what are the chair’s responsibilities in managing the process at that point? What is the role of the dean? Speaker: Michele Moses, Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs, Office of Faculty Affairs

  • Sep 21 (Tue) 3:30-4:30 pm - Getting You Prepared: Nitty Gritty of Comprehensive Review, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure (CRPT) (Part 2 of 2-Part Series)
    As a follow-up to the first CRPT workshop, this Getting You Prepared Workshop takes a deep dive into the specifics of CRPT, and focuses on the details of the paperwork so that you can avoid the pitfalls that can hold up or derail the comprehensive review process. Speaker: Carolyn Tir, Director of Faculty Personnel, Office of Faculty Affairs

  • Sep 29 (Wed) 12-1 pm - Innovate Hour: Managing Microaggressions in Your Unit
    This session will present campus culture data to prompt attendees to examine negative behaviors that impact the departmental environment and the classroom. Skills for recognizing and productively addressing microaggressions, navigating difficult situations, and handling reports to OIEC will be included. Understanding how the OIEC process works and correlates to the PRR process can help academic leaders navigate long and short-term difficulties in their environment. Speakers: Teresa Wroe, Senior Director of Education and Prevention, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, OIEC and Julie Volckens, Director of Assessment, OIEC

  • Oct 5 (Tue) 1-2 pm - Performance Management Essentials for Academic Leaders
    You have responsibility to provide coaching conversations, for direct and constructive feedback, typically done during this month. This will help YOU align work and resources to your unit goals. Effective supervision means building relationships and working collaboratively, and these sessions will help you achieve this. Please join us for an informative dialogue about:
    - helping employees and supervisors set clear expectations of each other
    - documenting both noteworthy accomplishments and, if necessary, inappropriate behavior or performance concerns
    - delivering performance evaluations that require difficult messages
    -  the possibility of using CU’s new online tool for performance management – Cornerstone—and connecting performance to the competencies we expect all staff to demonstrate
    Learn about your responsibilities in the performance management process and how to set up your staff employees and your department for success. Speaker: Kelly Leandro, Principal Employee Relations Consultant, Department of Human Resources
  • Oct 18 (Mon) 12-1 pm - Supporting Survivors: How to Respond in a Trauma Informed Way to Someone Who Discloses a Traumatic Experience
    Traumatic experiences happen every day and CU Boulder community members are not exempt. This session focuses on skills that address how to respond to someone after they disclose a traumatic or life disrupting event. After a traumatic experience, usually friends, mentors, and family are the first to hear about it, on a campus this includes faculty and advisors too. How people respond matters and can impact healing as well as whether the survivor will seek additional support. This session also includes information for responsible employees on complying with campus policy as it relates to their reporting requirements and how to do this in a trauma informed way. Speaker: Jessica Ladd-Webert, LPC, Director, Office of Victim Assistance

  • Nov 1 (Mon) 1-2:30 pm - Leading Groups Through Conflict
    We are all adept at recognizing when conflict is afoot. But as a leader, do you know what to do with it? In this session, Dr. Merna Jacobsen will provide an efficient and direct model for diagnosing and analyzing a conflict. She will then identify strategies for addressing different types of conflicts (yes, different types of conflicts require different strategies –one size does not fit all!). She will also discuss how to keep conflicts interest-based rather than positional and will provide the most powerful leadership language for doing so. Participants should come with a conflict in mind to which workshop content can be applied. It can be a personal or professional conflict, one in which you are a participant or an observer, and between two people or involve a group. You will share this conflict with one other person in the session. Participants will leave this session with skills and strategies for making progress in conflicts that can be applied immediately upon completion of the workshop. Speaker: Merna Jacobsen, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor and Interim Chief Human Resources Officer, Organization and Employee Development, Human Resources
  • Nov 9 (Tue) 12-1:30 pm - De-escalating Conflict (Innovate Hour)
    In this workshop we will explore how effective engagement with conflict can provide opportunities for growth. We will look at factors that contribute to escalation in conflict as well as tools for de-escalation, and address specific questions about conflict management. Conflict involving staff-faculty, faculty-faculty and students-faculty will be addressed. Speaker: Colin Johnson, Conflict Resolution Coordinator, SCCR

No events due to the holiday season. Please see events for 2022 below.

  • Jan 24 (Mon) 12-1 pm - Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Students
    Summarizing recent research on the impacts of micro (and macro) aggressions towards LGBTQ students, Dr. Bethy Leonardi of A Queer Endeavor project and Dr. Morgan Seamont of the Pride Office, will explore the negative impacts due to the lack of inclusion of LGBTQ identities and topics on student success and retention. Referencing our findings and those of other researchers, we will then cover promising practices in creating more inclusive practices both within and outside of the classroom. Followed by Q&A. Or more simply: What are the negative impacts for students when we lack inclusionary practices? What are the promising best practices academic leaders can implement as they create more inclusive practices within and outside the classroom? Learn the indicators you can address and ways to create greater student success. Speaker: Morgan Seamont, Director, Pride Office, CU Boulder and Bethy Leonardi, Assistant Professor in Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice and Director, A Queer Endeavor, CU Boulder
  • Jan 31 (Mon) 12-1 pm - Responding to Concerns of Unprofessional Conduct
    You’ve taken the mandatory PRR Skillsoft training. You know it is your responsibility to check things out. Get the specifics on what to do when someone brings you a concern: how to conduct an inquiry, what to do if it is false, what to do if it is true, how to use informal responses, education, and remedial measures to address unprofessional conduct, and when to use sanctions. Learn what to do when you have a concern, what to expect when a concern is about you, and how the appeal process works. Speaker: Suzanne Soled, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Support and Director of Faculty Relations, Office of Faculty Affairs