Academic Administration Workshop for HODs and Emerging Leaders (January 4th to 12th, 2020)

Academic Administrative workshop is one of the key components of the project collaboration between Academic Without Borders (AWB) and Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU). This workshop is organized in collaboration with the Center of Learning Excellence (CLE) and the Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) at FJWU. This workshop will focus on academic administration [the Head of Departments/ Incharges and emerging leaders] from each of the department at FJWU.

Dr. Kathleen Matheos, Associate Dean Extended Education, Centre for Higher Education Research and Development Extended Education, University of Manitoba, Canada University of is collaborating as volunteer expert/mentor on this project and the workshop activities are designed closely in her guidance. Some renowned international and national experts will deliver the workshop sessions along with Dr. Matheos.

The topics will include understanding academic administration including the role and impact within the institution, creating joint vision and developing unit strategic plans, building collegiality, dealing with conflict, performance review and providing feedback.  The workshop will be delivered fully online comprised of synchronous sessions augment by own time reference reading and completion of assignments.

By the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Locate the role of the department chairs as academic leaders within the larger university context
  • Distinguish between hard and soft power available to department chairs
  • Explain how to create and use department policies and standard operating procedures to build department capacity
  • Enumerate the key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for their department
  • Appraise the culture of their department and its appetite for change and identify the changes within the their personal agency and influence that would have the most significant impact for their department
  • Articulate collegiality and opportunities for and barriers to building a collegial environment
  • Identify how headship fits with their overall career roles including research, teaching and life balance priorities
  • Develop a unit plan aligned with that of the university
  • Develop and articulate your academic principles.

For further information, please contact the Focal Person of this project Dr. Salma Nazar Khan, Assistant Professor, Department of Education @ [email protected]