Helping Faculty Members New to Leadership Roles
Stepping into a leadership role in a school, a center, or an institute can be daunting. Little in the faculty career of teaching, scholarship, and service prepares a faculty member to lead or to negotiate the complexities of a large research university.
The goal of the FADP is to provide faculty leaders early in their tenure with the tools to succeed in their new position. The FADP strengthens their network of support and contacts across UNC, orients them to campus administrative systems, and helps them develop as leaders. The ideal candidate for this program is a Carolina faculty member who has recently taken on, or has agreed to take on, a major administrative position that involves responsibility for personnel, budgeting, leadership, or other core administrative functions. This includes, but is not limited to, center and institute directors, associate deans, program leaders, and department and division chairs.
The FADP features 11 interactive luncheon sessions throughout the academic year. Each session lasts from noon to 1:45 p.m.
The program introduces participants to these important campus systems:
- Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
- Human Resources
- Legal Affairs
- Information Technology
- Finance and Administration
- Ombuds Office
- Outreach (alumni, communications, development, governmental affairs)
These sessions introduce participants to these offices, identify the key responsibilities participants have in each area, help participants understand how best to discharge those responsibilities, and let participants know who to call for help when needed.
The seven sessions about administrative topics are interspersed with two engaging sessions about general leadership skills. The program starts with a kick-off session and ends with a session of reflection and evaluation.
Helping Faculty Leaders Find and Do the Right Things for their Units
It’s said that whereas operations involves doing things right, strategy involves doing the right things. But how does a leader discern what the right things are for his or her center, department, or program? How does a leader engage others in the process of discovering the right strategy and then keep them engaged for successful implementation?
The FLC on Strategy and Leadership engages a select group of Carolina faculty leaders in a collaborative process of exploring these questions and discovering the answers for their units. Participants meet monthly during the academic year for discussions of readings and videos, peer mentoring, and presentations by senior campus leaders.
The FLC is appropriate for faculty members who are in at least their second year as chairs of departments or directors of divisions, centers, programs, or institutes. It features:
- Ten monthly sessions
- An equal balance between discussion or workshop and peer-mentoring formats
- A semester focused on formulating strategy and a semester focused on implementation
- The opportunity to build relationships with campus leaders from other disciplines
- The opportunity to develop a portfolio of materials that can contribute to a strategic plan, self-study, case statement, or other useful document
Seminar Series for Early Career Faculty Development
Giving Early-Career Faculty Members the Tools for Success
Coming Soon. Faculty members are not just teachers and researchers; they are also citizens of their department, school or college, and the university. Their success often correlates as much with their interpersonal and organizational skills as with their academic abilities.
The Seminar Series for Early-Career Faculty Professional Development is an opportunity for early-career faculty members to become more knowledgeable about key professional skills, including:
- Understanding and leveraging the strengths of one’s personality
- Managing time
- Building relationships and coping with conflict
- Understanding departmental culture
- Planning for academic success
The program also helps early-career faculty members strengthen their network of support and build valuable interdisciplinary contacts across UNC.
The program is delivered in five interactive luncheon sessions spread out during the spring semester. Each session includes:
- Short readings or other tasks requiring brief preparation
- A presentation of key concepts and an interactive discussion about how to apply the main principles to the participant’s situation
- An opportunity for participants to identify at least one practice or method that will help them move forward more effectively in their careers
For a complete description of each session and to register for the session that best fits your needs, visit the CFE’s events calendar for the second semester.
Core Skills Program for Faculty Leadership
Giving Faculty Leaders the Practical Skills They Need to Succeed
Coming Soon. When faculty members take on important leadership roles such as heading a key committee; chairing a department; or leading a lab, center, or institute; they have to know how to guide and motivate others.
The Core Skills Program for Faculty Leadership helps faculty members identify and develop the skills they need to lead effectively in a variety of academic leadership roles.
The program helps faculty members become more knowledgeable about how to perform key leadership tasks such as:
- Leading groups and meetings
- Setting goals with individuals, groups, and organizations
- Supervising one-on-one
- Managing challenging interactions
- Leading change
- Resolving conflicts
- Providing resilient leadership under stress
The program also helps faculty leaders strengthen their network of support and build valuable interdisciplinary contacts across UNC.
The program is delivered in eight interactive luncheon sessions spread out during the academic year. Each session includes:
- Short readings or other tasks requiring brief preparation
- A presentation of key concepts and an interactive discussion about how to apply the main principles the participant’s situation
- An opportunity for participants to identify at least one practice or method that will help them meet the challenges they are facing or anticipating in their leadership roles
For a complete description of each session and to register for the session that best fits your needs, visit the CFE’s events calendar.