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New Academic Leaders Program

An annual, cohort-based program for new leaders in Academic Affairs. Facilitated by the Vice Provost for Academic Leadership and Faculty Affairs.

Program Schedule

Program Goals

  • Clarify the roles and responsibilities of department/unit leaders and what is necessary to function effectively in those positions
  • Enhance academic leadership skills and gain practical skills in the day-to-day management of the department/program/unit
  • Enable each academic leader to lead and manage her/his departments successfully

Key Features

Key Features of Boise State's Academic Leadership Programs Venn Diagram
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Core Leadership Principles

What is Academic Leadership?

The program begins with the premise that “Academic Leadership is the act of empowering members of the faculty and staff by working with them collegially to achieve common goals, build a community of scholars, and sustain a high level of morale.” (Gmelch & Buller, Building Academic Leadership Capacity: A Guide to Best Practices)

What principles of leadership will I learn?

We draw upon the five practices of exemplary leadership from Leadership in Higher Education: Practices That Make a Difference. These research-based practices were first published in The Leadership Challenge, but have been applied to the specific context of higher education.

“Leadership in Higher Education: Practices That Make a Difference” (Kouzes & Posner, 2019)


  • Academic culture & leadership roles
  • Responsibilities, expectations, leadership competencies
  • Faculty rights and responsibilities
  • Legal responsibilities for Chairs, Assoc Chair/Deans, Grad Coord
  • Recruiting, launching, mentoring, and retaining faculty
  • P&T process: roles, resources, responsibilities
  • Student Support
  • Academic Advising
  • Student Concerns, Grievances
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Curriculum and Program Development
  • Course scheduling, strategic enrollment management
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