January 13, 2016 - Leaders from across UT Austin came together to participate in the 2nd annual Academic Leadership Symposium on January 13, 2016 to discuss key campus issues and best practices for effective leadership in higher education. The symposium was created as an effort to bring together leaders from across campus – deans, associate deans, department chairs, division heads, and other administrators - to share best practices about leadership in higher education, and discuss key issues relevant to the campus.
Lessons in Leadership
“On a large campus like ours, it is important to give decision makers the opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other. This event is valuable for because we want leaders across campus to understand what is happening and why, so they can make the right decisions for their units and communicate that clearly across campus,” explained Judith Langlois, interim executive Vice President and Provost.
The morning keynote speaker, Chancellor Bill McRaven of UT System, shared lessons in leadership he experienced during his military career in special operations as a Navy SEAL, and coordinating multi-national operations. Communication, accountability and servant leadership were a few key foundational tenants he covered, as he walked university administrators through applicable lessons.
“The feedback we’ve received since we started this event has been overwhelmingly positive. Due to our size, we don’t have many opportunities to get this audience all together in the same place to talk about how we can improve, and that is what this is all about - becoming better leaders,” said Janet Dukerich, senior vice provost for faculty affairs.
Breakout sessions were held throughout the day to provide access to issues relevant to attendees, including:
- Faculty advancement
- Degree modernization
- Peer observation
- Social media
Anthony Cucolo, Vice Chancellor for Leadership Development and Veterans Affairs at UT System, delivered the afternoon keynote discussing the American Leadership Program.