Program Description 2017-18

The Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) is an annual, cohort-based leadership development program for new Heads, Directors, Associate Deans, and other academic leaders at UBC Vancouver. The Program is sponsored by the UBC Vancouver Office of the Provost, and is implemented through a partnership between UBC’s Human Resources and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.

Over 350 UBC academic leaders have participated in ALDP since the Program was first offered in 2006.


The three primary objectives of ALDP are:

  • To enhance and contribute to the effectiveness and personal satisfaction of Heads, Directors, Associate Deans, and other academic leaders at UBC
  • To articulate expectations regarding their roles and responsibilities, and
  • To support the development of leadership capacity at the University, through problem-based learning, coaching support, peer mentoring, and workshops

In addition, the program aims to:

  • Provide networking opportunities within the cohort and with resource people at the University,
  • Help participants develop awareness of their leadership styles, and
  • Identify tools and approaches that work for them.

Program elements

This year’s Program offering include:

  • Two-day intensive “Boot Camp, Part I” in late August focusing on leadership fundamentals
  • Individualized Learning Plans to help cohort members identify the ALDP events and opportunities that can help them meet their goals
  • Confidential, one-on-one executive coaching to support cohort members in identifying and achieving their leadership goals
  • Full-day intensive “Boot Camp, Part II” in early December
  • Three workshops (full- and half-day) focusing on broad leadership topics using a problem-based learning approach and extensive use of case studies and scenarios.
  • Twelve two-hour studios 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, campus resource people, and fellow cohort members.
  • Appreciative Leadership Initiative, an opportunity for cohort members to receive reflective feedback about their development as a leader from three colleagues of their choice, using an appreciative inquiry model.
  • Online learning modules and document repository accessible through the ALDP Connect Learning Management System site for cohort members.

For additional information about specific Program elements, please see the following pages: