Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Faculty at all ranks are called upon to lead. Whether running an academic department, serving as a graduate or undergraduate program director, chairing a committee, spearheading a working group, or running a lab, the OFD offers an array of programs designed to help faculty understand leadership styles, enhance leadership skills, and help explore pathways to future leadership roles.

Faculty Leadership Programs

An intensive leadership training for new departmental heads and chairs. This academy, offered by the Office of Faculty Development, the Provost's Office, and Workplace Learning and Development, occurs annually in August.

LEAD+ (Leadership Enhancement for Academic Departments) is a professional development program for heads/chairs of academic units covering topics of common concern to leaders. It is offered jointly by the Academic Personnel Office and the Office of Faculty Development.

    LEAF (Leadership Essentials for All Faculty) is a workshop series for all faculty who are interested in learning more about leadership and enhancing their leadership skills.

    The Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship program seeks to cultivate future campus leaders by offering a half-time, one-year temporary appointment to an administrative area on campus and by providing shadowing and mentoring from the leaders of the host units.


    Other Leadership Programs

    HERS - hersnetwork.org

    OFD coordinates the nomination process for campus-supported HERS participants. UMass Amherst is a proud process institution for HERS, a higher education leadership training institute for women faculty and staff. Contact OFD for more information.

    Chair/Head Mutual Mentoring Program

    OFD coordinates a mutual mentoring program for department chair/heads. The purpose of this program is to provide a forum for chairs/heads to meet to support each other and share their wisdom. Contact OFD for more information.

    External Leadership Programs

    Many UMass Amherst faculty have participated in the workshops and fellowships offered by these programs.

    ACE - American Council on Education Fellows Program
    The nation’s premier higher education leadership development program preparing senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities.

    Academic Impressions 
    The Academic Impressions higher education training connects people, ideas, and solutions. 

    Harvard Higher Education Leadership Programs
    HIHE offer comprehensive leadership development programs designed for higher education administrators—from directors, department heads, and deans, to vice presidents, provosts, and presidents.