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Provost’s Office Hosts Workshop for New Academic Leaders

On August 11 and 12, the Provost’s Office sponsored a workshop for all new academic leaders on campus. The New Academic Leaders Workshop, held at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, covered topics that are important to academic administrators, and it provided an opportunity for this year's 30 attendees to meet each other and network with their peers. 

“The workshop provides an opportunity for new department chairs, division heads, assistant and associate deans, and deans to learn about critical university policies and procedures that they will implement in their respective units,” said Janet Dukerich, senior vice provost for academic affairs. “It also emphasizes the importance of creating and sharing a vision for those units that they will be leading.”

President Fenves and Provost McInnis gave opening remarks and were both on a panel about promotion and tenure. Leadership and other experts from different offices, colleges and schools around campus discussed various topics including:

  • The university budget
  • Developing the departmental vision and strategic planning
  • Creating opportunities for development
  • Managing internal and external communications
  • Recruiting, hiring, and managing faculty and staff
  • Title IX
  • Legal issues
  • And others

The New Academic Leaders Workshop is held every August before the start of the new academic year. 

Pictures from the workshop:

The promotion and tenure panel included (from left to right): Marvin Hackert, Brent Iverson, Daniel Jaffe, Maurie McInnis and Gregory L. Fenves


Susan Binford, the assistant dean for communications at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, discussed ways to manage internal and external communications.


Experienced department chairs Richard Corsi, Shardha Jogee and Alan Reid discussed best practices for strategic planning and developing a departmental vision.