Academic Leadership Program

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 guest speakers, workshops, coffee chats, and panel discussions that are intended for all faculty in positions of academic leadership, not just those who are new to the role. In addition to these events, orientation sessions are held for individuals new to these positions. For these sessions, emphasis is placed on 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.  In addition, the Academic Leadership Program forwards many other programs on campus offered by Organizational and Human Development, Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion and the Faculty Association.

The Program runs under the auspices of the Associate Vice-President, Academic’s office; assistance is provided by Organizational and Human Development. The Program Director is a tenured UW faculty member with extensive administrative experience.

The purpose of the ALP website is to provide an overview and schedule of the events offered.  All members of the program are part of the ALP Microsoft Teams site and will find archived documents and PowerPoints used in ALP presentions there.

If you have any suggestions about the Program, please contact us.  People involved in the program include the following:

Jasim Habib, Interim Director until September 2021

Nancy Waite, Director of the Academic Leadership Program

Melanie Will, Director of Organizational & Human Development

David DeVidi, Associate Vice-President, Academic