Leadership in Learning and Research

Taking on a leadership role as a Head of School, Associate Dean, Director or equivalent can be quite daunting.
Depending on your role you may be asked to quickly understand and implement university policies and manage resources and people. Creating an awareness of, and enthusiasm for, your vision and projects can also be a considerable challenge.

With this in mind, Professor Andrew Gonczi and the staff from Learning Solutions have designed a program to assist you in meeting the demands of academic leadership.
Presenters in the program are either senior university staff or experienced consultants working closely with Learning Solutions. The content of the modules has been tailored specifically to support you in your role as an academic leader at the University of Sydney.
We recommend you complete all modules of this program to maximise your learning.

To express your interest in attending any or all of these workshops please fill in the following form.

Target Audience

Academic staff who are in leadership roles including Head of Department, Head of School, Head of Discipline, Associate Dean and Director.
The program will be of particluar benefit to those new to these leadership roles.

Workshops

Advanced Leadership and Communication Skills
Managing People
Leading Learning & Teaching
Leading Research
Strategy and Planning
Executive Coaching: Six individual coaching sessions


Workshop 1: Advanced Leadership and Communication Skills (2 days)

This advanced, highly participative two-day workshop will build on and progress the leadership and communication skills that underpin your leadership role. It will enable you to:

  • Create awareness of, and enthusiasm for, your vision and projects within and beyond the faculty/department
  • Become recognised as an authoritative and inspiring leader
  • Motivate your teams to be more innovative and effective
  • Avoid and resolve conflict, aligning goals and overcoming differences
  • Use strategic dialogue to create trusting and supportive relationships with, and among, colleagues and staff

Presenters

Dr. Bob Murray and Dr Alicia Fortinberry are internationally recognized experts in psychology, leadership development and organisational change.
Bob is a clinical psychologist; Alicia is a psychotherapist and health writer.
They have delivered this program for the University of Sydney since 2007.

Participants in 2009 found the program so valuable they organised a follow up session to review their efforts in implementing the skills covered.

Duration

9.00am - 5.00pm

Venue

The Darlington Centre
Conference Rooms 1 & 2

Dates

4 & 11 February 2010 - 2 day workshop COMPLETED


Workshop 2: Managing People

This workshop will:

  • Increase your awareness of the people issues that new Heads of School, Directors and Associate Deans need to manage
  • Introduce you to the resources available to support you in your new role
  • Allow you to build skills and knowledge around dealing with crucial issues that have been identifies by previous academic leaders and the HR staff who support them

Presenters

SydneyPeople (Human Resources) professionals will outline key information you need to manage effectively at the University.
This is a very interactive session that gives you the oppportunity to get your questions about people management answered.

Duration

9.00am - 4.30pm

Venue

Learning Solutions
Seminar room 2
Ground Floor, Bligh Building (L03B)
90 Carillon Avenue, Newtown
Sydney University Village
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Date

18 February 2010 COMPLETED


Workshop 3: Leading Learning & Teaching

Based on both research findings and the statistics gathered by the Institute for Teaching and Learning, this workshop will:

  • Cover the policies, priorities and future direction of Learning and Teaching at the University
  • Give you a better understanding of your role in facilitating high quality learning outcomes for students

Presenter

Professor Keith Trigwell is the Director for the Institute for Teaching and Learning. His previous achivements include being a Reader in Higher education at the University of Oxford and he has published over 100 journals articles, conference papers and books, including 'Understanding Learning and Teaching: The experience in higher education'.

Duration

9.00am - 12.00pm

Venue

Learning Solutions
Seminar room 2
Ground Floor, Bligh Building (L03B)
90 Carillon Avenue, Newtown
Sydney University Village
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Date

20 April 2010 COMPLETED

Resources


Workshop 4: Leading Research

This short workshop led by Professor Jill Trewhella (DVC Research) will:

  • Cover the policies, priorities and future direction of Research at the University
  • Give you a better understanding of your role in promoting research at the University

Presenters

Professor Jill Trewhella, a professor of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, returned as a Federation Fellow to the University in 2005 after 25 years in the US. Professor Trewhella became DVC Research in January 2009.

Mr Warwick Dawson has been Director of the Research Office since July 2000 and has overseen significant change in the support structures for researchers at Sydney.

Duration

12.00pm - 3.00pm

Venue

The Darlington Centre
Conference Rooms 1 & 2

Date

20 May 2010
Rescheduled until semseter 2 2010, date TBC


Workshop 5: Strategy and Planning

It is essential that academic managers are equipped with the skills to ensure the financial and operational sustainability of their units within the context of the University as a whole. This workshop is highly practical being built around a detailed case study of a (hypothetical) School in need of ‘rejuvenation’.
The workshop will provide:

  • A clear understanding of the financial drivers operating within the University and its internal funding model mechanisms
  • A methodology for quantifying (in $ terms) your staffs’ L&T and research outputs
  • An increased understanding of the interactions between budget and strategy
  • The tools/skills necessary to develop a strategic plan for your academic unit
  • An appreciation of the challenges involved in implementing a strategy plan

This workshop has been designed in particular for newly appointed academic managers (eg Head of School or Associate Dean) as well as for those interested in pursuing such a path in the future. It will also be valuable for any academic with responsibility for strategic and financial decisions.

Presenters

Geoff Barton, a Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is at present on secondment as an academic advisor to the Strategic Planning Office.

Rajah Varatharajah is the Associate Financial Director for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, but worked previously as a financial advisor in the Strategic Planning Office.

Duration

9.00am - 4.30pm

Venue

The Darlington Centre
Conference Rooms 1 & 2

Date

10 June 2010
Rescheduled until semseter 2 2010, date TBC


Executive Coaching: Six individual coaching sessions

Changing thinking and behaviour is one of the most difficult and perplexing challenges we face both personally and across organisations. Executive Coaching is a personally accountable and robust process designed to help leaders increase the impact, reach and influence of their leadership. Executive coaching is:

  • An ongoing process built upon a relationship between coach and coachee but directed by the coachee
  • About learning from experiences and experimentation
  • Working towards more productive thinking, behaviour and / or performance
  • Structured with objectives that are clearly started and able to be evaluated.

Express Interest


To register your expression of interest

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