Leading an Academic Unit at Duke (LAUD) Workshop Series 2021–2022

Designed for Department Chairs and Other Unit and Program Leaders Across Campus

Upcoming Workshops

All workshops will be virtual.

November 4, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Approaches to Effective Academic Leadership

Leading during extremely challenging circumstances can offer an opportunity to dramatically improve normal business practices in ways impossible to consider except in times of extreme duress. Participants in this workshop will learn how to acknowledge the challenge and overcome key obstacles to addressing it by building trust, fostering a focus on solving problems that includes an openness to radical change, and promoting a culture of shared leadership where colleagues become partners and co-leaders.

January 27, 2022, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Shared Governance

Effective leadership in an academic environment is about more than just the technical expertise or formal authority. It also involves the ability to build effective teams, leverage the expertise and talent within the unit and cultivate trust among the stakeholders. How units are governed and how leaders approach shared governance are also critical. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with experienced and key campus leaders on effective, equitable and inclusive academic governance.

March 31, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Conversation With Experienced Academic Leaders

A conversation with Deans Toddi Steelman (Nicholas) and Bill Boulding (Fuqua) on their own leadership journey, their reflections on the major challenges and opportunities facing higher education and Duke, and the lessons they have learnt from leading their units during the pandemic.

Previous Workshops

September 15, 2021

How to Lead a Thorough, Rigorous and Fair Promotion and Tenure Review Process

Provost Kornbluth and current and past members of the campus APT Committee discussed the APT process and how to prepare dossiers in a thorough, rigorous and fair way. The workshop covered topics including the different stages of the tenure and promotion review process, components of the dossier and potential issues during the dossier construction and review. The workshop also discussed metrics, evaluation of digital and engaged scholarship, the impact of COVID-19 on research plans and progress, and biases that may potentially impact candidates’ dossiers and ways to mitigate them.

See previous LAUD workshops, including resources.


The Office for Faculty Advancement hosts the Leading an Academic Unit at Duke (LAUD) Workshop Series. Each session is designed for department chairs and other unit and program leaders across campus to engage in dialogue with peers, experts and key leaders about issues relevant to academic leadership. Participants will also share best practices and strategies to improve and strengthen programs, and discuss topics including financial management, leading during crises, fostering a sense of community, and promoting an inclusive and supportive work, research and learning environment.