Academic Leadership Program home

The Academic Leadership Program provides education, support, and mentorship for faculty members in, or about to move into, positions of academic leadership at the University of Waterloo. The Program is currently designed to meet the needs of Academic Chairs and Directors, Associate Chairs/Directors, and Associate Deans. Formal aspects of the Program include Orientation sessions for individuals new to these positions, half-day workshops on various topics of interest, and lunches featuring guest speakers (workshops and lunches are intended for all faculty in positions of academic leadership, not just those who are new to the role). For most of these sessions, emphasis is placed on open debate and discussion, peer learning, networking, building of faculty and staff relationships across campus, and practical examples drawing on the experiences of participants. Informally, the Program offers one-on-one support to individuals with particular concerns through confidential consultations or meetings with the Program Director.

The Program runs under the auspices of the Vice-President Academic and Provost’s office, through the agency of the Associate Provost, Resources; assistance is provided by Organizational and Human Development. The Program Director is a tenured UW faculty member. An Academic Leadership Program Advisory Committee, made up of faculty representatives from each of the six UW Faculties, provides support and advice to the Director.

The purpose of the ALP website is to provide quick access to important information, to post information about upcoming events in the Academic Leadership Program, and to archive documents and PowerPoints used in ALP presentations.

If you would like to make any suggestions about the Program or offer any comments about the site, please feel free to contact us.  Some of the people involved in the program include the following:

Sheila Ager, Director of the Academic Leadership Program

Katrina Di Gravio, Director of Organizational & Human Development

Beth Jewkes, Associate Provost, Resources

Academic Leadership Program Advisory Committee