"It is amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit"

-Dan Mote Jr., President, University of Maryland
as quoted in ASEE Prism Magazine


LEAD was a series of national leadership workshops, offered annually, for department chairs, deans and emerging leaders in science, engineering and mathematics (SEM), which address departmental and university culture and the professional development of faculty.

In these workshops, participants:

Learn practical strategies and tools to improve department culture and climate

Explore unintended and unconscious biases that disproportionately impact women and underrepresented faculty

Address important issues such as the recruitment and selection of faculty, the evaluaton of faculty performance, conflict resolution, and leadership

Discuss case studies on faculty and departmental life

These workshops are based on the University of Washington ADVANCE program's leadership workshop series and two national pilot workshops, which are focused on providing academic leaders with the skills and resources to address issues of professional development and department and university culture for all faculty. A pre-workshop mentoring-for-leadership event will also be offered to women faculty.



Photos from the 2008 LEAD Workshop in Seattle, WA


Last Updated: April 6, 2011

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This program is made possible through a National Science Foundation grant (SBE-0619159). The project is titled "ADVANCE Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination Award: National Leadership Development Workshops for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Department Chairs." Any opinion, finding, and conclusion or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.