Academic Leadership Series

The Academic Leadership Series is designed for new and experienced Executive Officers who wish to engage in dialogue, share best practices, and discuss issues such as leadership, financial and strategic planning, and faculty development.

Updated 6/25/2020, 11:00 AM

Virtual Seminars

The remainder of the Academic Leadership Seminar series for Spring 2020 will be conducted in a virtual format. Concurrent with campus steps in handling ongoing concerns with COVID-19, topics in this series have been revised. In addition to the topic of each seminar, we will provide updates on the campus response to COVID-19 and facilitate conversations on the impact of these unprecedented events on our faculty, staff, and students.

The following sessions are for department executive officers and will be made available using Zoom. Please mark the dates for the sessions currently scheduled.

Session 1

Alternative Course Instruction: Effective Practices and Resources
Friday, March 27, 2020

Session 2

Strategies for Building Community & Supporting Staff and Faculty Members through the COVID-19 Pandemic
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Session 3

Supporting Graduate Students through the COVID-19 Pandemic (and Beyond)
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Session 4

Conversation with Provost Cangellaris
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Session 5

Return to On-Campus Work
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Session 6

Fall Planning
Tuesday, June 30, 2020


It is important that Executive Officers continue to ensure that shared governance is upheld at the unit level, even in times of crisis. As executive officers plan to facilitate online meetings through these extraordinary times, here are some considerations for EOs to bear in mind as they conduct faculty and staff meetings using online modalities. Read the full Tips for EOs: Conducting Online Meetings.

Please contact Staci Clodfelder in the Special Events office at or 217-244-0565 if you have any additional questions.

For official news from the university, please refer to, which is a central repository with links to resources, a list of the latest updates, FAQs, and contact information for specific concerns.

International Students and Scholars at Illinois: Issues and Resources

A timely discussion of the unique experiences and perspectives of international students and scholars at Illinois and how your unit can best promote a welcoming and supportive environment for all students.

EO Essentials: Supporting Career Transitions of Faculty

A discussion of your role as Executive Officer in assisting faculty prepare for retirement, understand the different roles of Emeritus faculty, and evaluate faculty’s ability to work. Learn about resources and strategies on how you and your unit can successfully navigate with and alongside faculty through these life transitions.

Previously Held Seminars

Preparing P&T Dossiers: Essential Tips and Strategies

How to compile strong and compelling Promotion and Tenure packages including suggestions when preparing the unit Executive Officer’s statement.

Thursday, September 5, 2019
1030 NCSA

Updates on Campus Budget

An update on the budget reform process, the current campus budget, and related financial issues.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
1030 NCSA

Fostering an Inclusive Climate through Coaching & Mentoring

Discussion on coaching and mentoring strategies that bring out the best in others, both because of and in spite of our diverse perspectives.

Wednesday, October 8, 2019
407 Illini Union

Enhancing Your Unit’s Global Footprint

A sharing of innovations and best practices to enhance your unit’s research, teaching, and public engagement internationally, including practical do’s and don’ts for faculty, staff, and students who collaborate with colleagues outside the US.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
1030 NCSA

Professional Employment Redesign 101: What Every EO Needs to Know

An update on hiring for positions exempted from the civil service system including a conversation on the criteria and the processes to support employees and enable your unit to recruit, promote, and retain professional staff.

Thursday, November 21, 2019
210 Illini Union

When Crisis Happens Close to Home

Learn about the roles different committees and offices on campus play to help you and your unit manage crisis.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
210 Illini Union

The Role of EOs in Facilitating Success of Specialized Faculty

A discussion of best practices and models for mentoring and facilitating professional opportunities of specialized faculty, including tips when preparing promotion packages for specialized faculty.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
210 Illini Union

Beyond the Numbers: Considering Accountability and Transparency When Budgeting

An engaging discussion on managing your unit’s budget while considering accountability and transparency.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
407 Illini Union

Accreditation, Assessment, and (Quality) Assurance, Oh My!

The latest on new and updated campus policies, procedures, and next steps related to Illinois’ accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, including your role and responsibilities as your unit’s Executive Officer before and during HLC’s March 2020 site visit.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
1030 NCSA

Creating a Leadership Pipeline through Systematic Succession Planning

A how-to for Executive Officers to systematically plan and create a pipeline of successful leaders and prepare and mentor colleagues to develop leadership and management skills.

Thursday, March 12, 2020
1030 NCSA

See the previous academic year’s Academic Leadership Seminar Series.