The leadership development program is attended by the change leaders from the six partner institutions - department chairs and emerging leaders - and consists of four half-day group coaching based sessions with peers from partner institutions.
The leadership development sessions are scheduled bimonthly (see session schedule at right), in each of the three years of the IDEAL grant. The location of the sessions rotates among partner institutions, as convenient.
The format of the sessions allows for instruction, skill training, peer group exchange, networking, and group cohesion. Each session build on previous sessions as well as the needs of individuals and institutional cohorts. Cyberspace connectivity, distance learning technologies, and sharing of reading materials is used between sessions to continue the exchange of information, knowledge, and discussion of emergent issues.
Each half-day session begins with a working lunch with structured conversations or instruction, followed by the three and half-hour working session. The program content disseminates the effective elements of NSF ADVANCE IT programs through instruction, experiential activities, group coaching, and action learning assignments between sessions.
A sample of illustrative topics follow:
Defining the Work of Academic Leadership
The Institutional Transformation Model
Building Influential Alliances
Leading for Change
More information about each partner institution can be found on the Partner Schools page.