Seminar on Leadership of the Faculty: A COACHE Program at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education


Tuesday, July 7, 2020 (All day) to Friday, July 10, 2020 (All day)


Harvard Graduate School of Education. Cambridge, MA

Educational Chair: Kiernan Mathews

Priority application deadline: Saturday, February 29, 2020. Apply through HIHE.


A special tuition assistance opportunity is available for HBCU representatives (see below).


Leadership of the academic workforce is a critical component of college administration — and a rich topic of scholarly inquiry. Yet, provosts and deans have little time to explore the latest research about the professoriate, much less connect it to their own practice as academic leaders. This one-of-a-kind program provides that opportunity: to be inspired by sound research, share evidence-based practices with like-minded colleagues, and network with subject matter experts and senior faculty affairs administrators.


This seminar will equip you with new tools to manage the faculty enterprise and assist you in critically considering your own leadership capabilities. Presented as a joint offering of the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) and the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE), this four-day on-campus seminar provides participants the rare opportunity to discuss—in a close community of practice—new research to improve the business of faculty affairs. 

Program Details

The Seminar on Leadership of the Faculty will gather chief academic officers, deans, and others with institution-wide oversight of the faculty domain to examine and reconsider, under a new lens and informed by the latest research, the persistent challenges of developing and leading college faculty. HIHE, with its long-standing expertise in executive education for higher education leaders, and COACHE, with its reputation for connecting research to practice in practical and tangible ways, are teaming up to present this unique learning experience to those responsible for faculty development, excellence and success.

Shared readings and completion of a leadership style self-inventory, both undertaken prior to the seminar, will form the basis for early conversation among participants. Large-class discussion and small cohort group conversations will introduce and engage topics that, this year, will include catalyzing equity-minded leadership, cultivating faculty mentorship and mental well-being, and mobilizing faculty for culturally-engaged environments. The seminar will invite you to inventively reconsider your role and the leadership you provide to your faculty, your administrative team, and your academic program as a whole. You will leave the seminar with new insights, fresh ideas, a greater sense of agency, and a new community of practice you can draw on in the months and years ahead.



Current COACHE partners: $2,995 per person
All other institutions: $3,295 per person

We are pleased to offer a special tuition assistance opportunity to support attendance from participants working at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Applicants seeking the HBCU tuition assistance opportunity must first submit a program application. To inquire about the HBCU tuition assistance application, please contact

Please note that funding for HBCU representatives is limited and not every applicant meeting eligibility guidelines will receive support. The tuition assistance may cover up to 50% of the tuition. Recipients will be notified within three weeks after the final deadline of May 31, 2020.

The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials, refreshments, and most meals. Participants receive a certificate of participation at the close of the program.





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