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Collaborate with Colleagues at AACTE Leadership Academy


Academic leaders from across the country are preparing to gather in Pittsburgh, PA, for AACTE’s annual Leadership Academy. In one month, attendees will experience an interactive and engaging professional development opportunity designed to advance their leadership skills while exploring a wide range of topics. And even if you have attended in the past, you should consider returning this year, June 23-27, as the program has once again integrated new content into the curriculum (view the full schedule).

Academy faculty first redesigned the content of the popular “Managing Conflict” sessions in 2017 by incorporating avatars into the program. Faced with difficult conversations and topics likely to occur in an academic environment, groups of job-alike attendees collaborate to design effective responses to the scenarios proposed. Their conflict-response plans are tested in simulated encounters, as volunteers meet with avatars, who emulate the situations attendees are likely to face when they return to their institutions.

“This training was one of the most valuable I’ve participated in,” said an attendee from the 2018 Leadership Academy about their avatar experience. “It provided an opportunity to define my objectives, take notes, and reflect upon how I could communicate more clearly.”

This year, the Leadership Academy has added a new series of breakout sessions. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose between a deeper dive on resource allocation and management (suggested for new chairs), an overview of budgeting and strategic planning (suggested for new deans), or a chance to engage once more with avatars around issues of promoting diversity. 

Still trying to decide if the Leadership Academy is right for you?  Here’s what another 2018 Academy attendee had to say about their experience: “I wasn’t enthusiastic about giving up a week of my time for the Leadership Academy. I was really pleasantly surprised with the value that I feel the Academy provided to me in terms of professional development, and I thank the faculty and facilitators for giving me content that is genuinely useful for my role as program director.”

There is still time to join your colleagues in this year’s expanded Academy experience. Join us June 23-27 in Pittsburgh. But hurry, as the registration deadline of May 31 is fast approaching, and space is limited! Visit aacte.org for details and to register.


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Matthew Wales

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