Pathway leading to a fountain on Michigan State University's campus


This is a series of 90-minute sessions designed to expand upon topics introduced at New Administrator Orientation. These sessions are required for department chairpersons, school directors, and associate deans of non-departmentally organized colleges within the first two years of their appointments; all other administrators are encouraged to attend sessions they would find useful.


Please check back in August for the 2019-20 schedule.

Topics Include

  • MSU Budget
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Transitioning into Academic Leadership: From Putting out Fires to Affecting Change
  • Retention, Hiring, and Spousal Hires*
  • Working with Support Staff
  • Faculty and Academic Staff Performance Reviews plus Reappointment, Promotion, & Tenure
  • Discipline, RVSM and Sexual Harassment
  • Prioritizing and Time/Email Management
  • Effective Decision Making and Running Efficient Meetings


Resources from these sessions will be available after the event.

Resources from Current Leadership Institute Sessions

Leadership Resources from Past Events

5 Tips on Surviving Your First Year as a Department Head