ICFAD’s Leadership Development Workshop

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Empowering people to be their strongest by measuring talents, providing mentorship, strengthening leadership in academia

The International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) and Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) are pleased to announce two leadership programs designed for staff, faculty, directors and chairs, associate and assistant deans, new deans and executive arts administrators in higher education.

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).

Designed for New Deans, Assistant and Associate Deans, Directors and Chairs, and Executive Arts Administrators:

Leadership Development Workshop
This series of 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, supports new deans in their role and nurture prospective future deans. Six, two-hour online classes with thoughtfully curated case studies and breakout discussions  are scheduled across a span of 13 weeks. Here is the calendar. Sessions integrate theories of values-based leadership for organizational change with the practice of leading arts programs during these challenging times. Between online sessions, one-on-one structured conversations with an experienced mentor allow participants to explore topics ranging from personal mission statements and leadership assessment to diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, resource acquisition and management, personnel matters, governance dynamics and career planning. 

The Leadership Development Workshop provides 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; and
  • avail themselves of a dedicated network of volunteer mentors
  • apply a framework for diversity and inclusion in strategic 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.

ICFAD’s Leadership Development Workshop is proudly sponsored by:

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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.