The University of Massachusetts Amherst



Leadership Enhancement for Academic Departments

LEAD+ (Leadership Enhancement for Academic Departments) is a professional development and support program for heads/chairs and associate deans covering topics of common concern to department/unit leaders. It is offered jointly by the Academic Personnel Office and the Office of Faculty Development. The 90-minute sessions are offered twice monthly during the academic year.

The objectives of LEAD+ include: 
- Dissemination of key policy and procedural information
- Enhancement of leadership and supervisory skills
- Community building and support
- Connecting department/unit leadership to on-campus resources

LEAD+ Schedule 2022-23:

Sessions are offered twice monthly via Zoom during the academic year on Fridays from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.

Sept. 9 - Welcome and Conversation with the Provost
Sept. 23 - Budget Basics
Sept. 29 - LEAD+ Reception
Oct. 7 - Advancing DEIJB Priorities in your Department
Oct. 21 - Supporting Graduate Student Success and Diversity in your Department
Nov. 4 - Working Effectively with Academic Department Staff
Nov. 18 - Conflict Management/Difficult Conversations
Dec. 2 - Mentoring for Pandemic Recovery

Jan. 20 - Managing Crises Effectively
Feb. 3 - Academic Labor - GEO and MSP contracts
Feb. 17 - A Conversation with the Provost
Mar. 3 - A Conversation with the Chancellor
Mar. 17 - (no session, Spring Break)
Mar. 31 - Supporting Faculty at Mid-Career and Beyond: Awards, Honors, Promotions
Apr. 14 - ADA, Accommodations, and Title IX Resources
Apr. 28 - Equitable Approaches to Crediting Collaborative Work