ICFAD’s Leadership Development Workshop

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Here is a printable syllabus.

With a goal of empowering people to be their strongest by providing mentorship and strengthening leadership in the academy, the 2023 ICFAD Leadership Development Workshop will be a combination of online and in-person programming. Class size will be limited to 25. 

A collaboration between ICFAD and AICAD offers two distinct programs - ICFAD's Leadership Development Workshop and AICAD's BIPOC Academic Leadership Institute. These opportunities provides presentations, discussions, and mentorship related to leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Leadership Development Workshop
The leadership development sessions developed and facilitated by Mark Heckler, President Emeritus, Valparaiso University and Barbara Korner, Dean Emerita, College of Arts & Architecture, Penn State University, will support new deans in their role and nurture prospective future deans. There will be a full day in-person program on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the day prior to ICFAD's two-day Annual Conference. Two 90-minute synchronous online classes with thoughtfully curated case studies and breakout discussions are scheduled to bookend the in-person program. Participants and mentors are asked to arrive in time for a Tuesday evening reception and conversation with mentors. Read more about the full ICFAD conference here

Leadership Development Workshop sessions integrate theories of value-based leadership for organizational change with the practice of leading arts programs during these challenging times. 

The Leadership Development Workshop will provide time for participants to:

  • reflect on specific leadership skills;
  • consider how to be strong advocates for the arts;
  • contemplate the advantages of assuming increased responsibilities;
  • avail themselves of a dedicated network of volunteer mentors; and
  • apply a framework for diversity and inclusion in planning and decision making

Participants are matched with an experienced mentor and required to participate in online meetings with the mentor between each of the sessions.

Designed for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Emerging Executive Arts Administrators, Faculty and Staff

BIPOC Academic Leadership Institute
The BIPOC Academic Leadership Institute is a year-long professional development program for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) faculty and staff at AICAD and ICFAD member institutions who are emerging as academic leaders and would like to consider pursuing senior roles such as Dean, Provost, Vice President and other cabinet-level positions, and President. The program aims to foster the further development of BIPOC faculty and staff who have shown promise in leadership and who will continue working towards a goal of creating learning and working environments that are inclusive, equitable, and just.

The program, being presented from October 2021 through May 2022, will be completely virtual and comprised of two elements—monthly professional development sessions and mentorship. The sessions will focus on building knowledge around the full suite of components in higher education administration, including strategic enrollment management, institutional finances and budgeting, fundraising, negotiating compensation (from both sides of the table), governance, and working with boards. All participants will also engage in both small group and individual mentoring with current administrative leaders, building networks of support for BIPOC faculty and staff across institutional boundaries.

AICAD is also interested in expanding its pool of mentors to include current leaders from ICFAD institutions, particularly among BIPOC leaders. Please contact Deborah Obalil, President & Executive Director, AICAD at [email protected] if interested.