ALDP studios are two-hour sessions focusing on specific topics relevant to needs of academic leaders. Participants are invited to bring their current challenges and questions around the studio topic and discuss them with Planning Team facilitators, experienced academic leaders, campus resource people, and fellow cohort members. ALDP will offer twelve studios in 2017-18:

Fostering a Positive Student Experience

As an academic leader, your role is crucial in ensuring a positive experience for the students in your unit. These issues require your care and attention. In this studio, you will have the opportunity to discuss ways to create a positive climate for learning, as well as strategies for addressing problems when they arise, and review resources available to you. Bring your current challenges and questions. Lunch provided. 

Working Effectively with Union and Non-union Staff

How do you deal with difficult employment issues when they arise? What are the differences between union and non-union employment issues? What do collective agreements, employment contracts, and legislation such as the Human Rights Code have to do with your role? As an academic leader, you need to have this knowledge in order to work effectively with staff and to minimize the possibility of a grievance or complaint. Specialists in employee relations will address the range of issues that arise in both unionized and non-unionized settings at UBC, with plenty of time to discuss your current challenges and questions. Breakfast provided. 

Cultivating Effective Faculty Relations: Recruitment to Retirement 

As an academic leader, issues concerning faculty such as recruitment, retirement, performance, promotion and tenure, and merit are your responsibility. How prepared are you to engage your faculty on these issues? Discuss how to elicit the best from your faculty, meet the contractual requirements for important faculty career decisions, and address outstanding issues. Campus faculty relations experts will lead a discussion of these topics and more, confirming your obligations and the pending time lines. Lunch provided. 

The Changing Landscape of Teaching and Learning

Is your unit currently implementing or considering significant changes to teaching and learning practices? Simon Bates, Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning, and Academic Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), will facilitate a discussion around the rapidly evolving world of teaching and learning innovation at UBC, including the emerging role of the Professor of Teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the resource people who can assist you on this topic throughout your term. Breakfast provided.

Budget & Finance, Part II

How well do you understand budget and finance processes at UBC? How effectively are you using budgets as strategic planning tools in your unit? Campus experts in budget and finance will lead a discussion of these topics and more. Bring your questions and current challenges for support and fresh perspectives. Breakfast provided. 

Investigations and Sexual Misconduct/Harassment: An Academic Leader’s Role

The University’s new sexual assault policy and related policies on harassment and respectful environment may have you wondering about what your role is under these policies – and what you should do if a complaint is made to you. There are circumstances where you will refer the complaint to the Director of Investigations to handle and others where you will need to carry out some sort of an investigation – and you will want to do that investigation in compliance with the University’s new Guidelines on Investigations. Working with University experts, this studio will help you do both: understand your obligations when faced with a complaint of sexual assault or harassment, and carry out an effective investigation into this or any other issue that requires your attention. Lunch provided. 

Critical Issues

Are there topics related to academic leadership not described in this calendar that you feel would be important to address? The Cohort will select the topic for up to three Critical Issues studios over the course of the year. Breakfast or lunch provided.

Holding Difficult Conversations

How often are you involved in professional conversations in which the parties have differing expectations, priorities, or assumptions? Would you like to engage your conversation partners more effectively and better achieve your goals? Bring your current challenges and questions and get support and fresh perspectives on workplace communication from campus specialists and your Cohort peers. Lunch provided.

Supporting Research in Your Unit

As an academic leader, your role is crucial in supporting your faculty members’ research programs. In this studio, facilitators from the Office of Research Services and the Office of the Vice-President Research will guide a discussion of current research challenges, implications for leaders, and available resources. For example, how can the University support research in your unit? What do you do when a new faculty member has trouble accessing their research funding or getting their lab set up? Should you be concerned if graduate students are working for a faculty member’s new company? Who should you call if a colleague at another institution wants to sign an affiliation agreement with your department? Bring your questions and challenges to this critical event. Lunch provided.

Strategic Doing: Tools to Move Your Initiatives Forward

In your leadership role, you are expected to – and you want to – effectively move initiatives forward – everything from hosting strategic and productive conversations to a curriculum redesign project to developing a strategic plan for your unit. In this studio you will work with approaches grounded in Appreciative Inquiry and systems thinking, both of which offer ways to meaningfully engage with faculty, staff, and students on initiatives, big or small. Come to this studio prepared to work on an initiative that you would like to make progress with in your unit. Breakfast provided. 

Exploring Community Engagement

The University is committed to community engagement and innovation.  The benefits of community engagement are obvious:  fulfilling the university’s social accountability mandate, ensuring research is relevant to communities, ensuring curriculum is relevant to communities and supporting relevant workplace based learning.  But what does this mean for your unit – and how do you create successful community partnerships that work for the University – and your community partner? This studio will focus on the benefits and risks of community engagement and will explore strategies and steps for developing effective partnerships (including troubleshooting when partnerships go awry).  Facilitators and participants will share successes, opportunities, and lessons learned.  Before the studio, please think about the existing and potential community engagement partnerships in your unit/portfolio, and come prepared to discuss what worked well and how these partnerships could be made more effective. Lunch provided.

Strength Deployment Inventory – Working with the Conflict Sequence

Many of you were able to take part in the Strengths Deployment Inventory (“SDI”) and the session lead by Martha Sales on what your SDI results can mean for your approach to leadership – and some of you did the SDI but were not able to attend the Boot Camp.   As promised, Martha is able to do a follow-up studio for those of you did the SDI assessment.  The studio will provide an opportunity to both further refine what you now know about your motivational values and focus in particular on how your motives shift when you are faced with conflict.  Attend this useful studio to get a better sense of the SDI conflict sequence results and how to increase your personal effectiveness when faced with conflict. Lunch provided.

Managing a Crisis

Crisis can be defined as an unplanned event that causes severe disruption and poses a threat to the unit, individuals, or stakeholders – it could be precipitated by a natural disaster, financial malfeasance, violence, or a mental health emergency. This studio will provide a framework for anticipating and planning for the legal, organizational, and interpersonal dimensions of crisis management before a crisis occurs, as well as offer practical tips to help you navigate a crisis. Experienced UBC resource people will share their experiences, and there will be opportunities to discuss specific risks of concern in your individual units. Breakfast provided.