Leadership Development

Strong leadership is an essential component for the success of faculty as well as the organization. The Center for Academic Excellence provides development opportunities for current and potential departmental chairs, assistant chairs, and academic administrators to better prepare and support them in their leadership and administrative roles. Leadership is not simply an administrative title but is routinely exercised by members of the academic community in a variety of diverse and dynamic ways.

Department Chair Professional Development Opportunities

In collaboration with Academic Affairs and the Council of Chairs, the Center for Academic Excellence facilitates programming for current department chairs with an emphasis on orientating and supporting new chairs at Appalachian. The CAE offers the following programs to support our academic leaders:

  • Department Chair Workshops
  • New Chair Orientation
  • New Chair Mentoring Program
  • New Chairs Coffee & Conversations

Please check our current Departmental Chair Professional Development Schedule to learn more.

Appalachian’s Women in Leadership Series (AWLS)

The Appalachian’s Women in Leadership Series (AWLS) is sponsored by Chancellor Sheri Everts and other senior level administrators from across the campus community. The AWLS steering committee consists of women in executive roles from many different units and organizations on campus, including the Dean’s Council and Provost’s Council. The Committee is charged with creating a council of women in leadership roles at Appalachian State that will work to support and empower other women leaders across campus. Each academic year, the AWLS offers several professional development events that are open to all persons on campus seeking to support and empower women leaders across campus.

Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP)

The Center for Academic Excellence provides supportfor the Chancellor's AcademicLeadership Development Program (ALDP). This program provides an opportunity for prospective and current academic leaders to develop the skills necessary for academic leadership positions at Appalachian State University. Learn more about the Academic Leadership Development Program and how to apply. Applications are accepted in the spring of each academic year and new cohorts begin each fall.

Women in Educational Leadership Symposium (WIELS)

The Women in Educational Leadership Symposium (WIELS) is a partnership between Appalachian State University faculty and administrators, educators, and administrators in the public schools and higher education institutions. The mission of WIELS is to establish an inclusive community that advocates the elimination of gender-based barriers to leadership opportunities. The Symposium takes place each fall at Appalachian State University. To learn more about WIELS or submit a  proposal, please visit the WIELS website


University of North Carolina BRIDGES Program

We encourage women in higher education to participate in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s BRIDGES, an intensive program from women in higher education who seek to gain or strengthen their academic leadership capabilities. This program helps women identify, understand, and move into leadership roles in academia.