Leadership Programs

2016 Advancing Leaders group photo

Advancing Leaders Cohort 2016

Advancing Leaders

The Advancing Leaders Program (ALP) is a year-long leadership program made up of tenured faculty participants. The ALP was established in 2004 and has trained more than 160 faculty members to date. Its members attend a two-day opening retreat, participate in monthly leadership programming, build ongoing networking opportunities, and connect with a mentor from upper administration. Many past ALP members go on to senior leadership positions at the University. The ALP is governed by a committee of past program participants.
Advancing Leaders Brochure

What participants say about the Advancing Leaders Program

Every aspect of the ALP program was valuable. The program was very well structured and touched on different aspects of leadership.

The Advancing Leaders Program is an amazing experience. Sessions on leadership have been useful in managing time as well as faculty. Other sessions on how the university works, from budget to central administration also have provided valuable guides to getting things done. Finally, the camaraderie of the others in this year’s ALP, the wide range of faculty in the program, has made for some new partnerships that assist with the difficult and challenging times that we face at NMSU.

A really good experience. I was able to meet people from across campus and learn some valuable leadership skills.

This was a program that allowed me to learn from successful leaders from all over campus. I feel like I am now equipped with skills I need to be a better leader. Very glad I did it!

Department Head Academy

The Department Head Academy (DHA) provides professional development events for academic department heads throughout the year. This program gives departmental leaders an opportunity to build their academic leadership and management skills as well as to learn more about the current issues affecting higher education and NMSU. DHA workshops and events also provide academic department heads with tools and networking opportunities that may assist them in dealing with some of the challenges they face in their positions as academic department heads. The DHA is governed by a committee of academic department heads.

What participants say about the Department Head Academy

We are very fortunate to have the Teaching Academy, which is infinitely helpful to all faculty and department heads. Personally I have learned so much at the department head workshops.

The department head workshops at the Teaching Academy are so valuable – just spending time with other department heads from across campus is so beneficial because this can be such an isolating job.

The support and advice from other department heads during these sessions literally saved me during my first two years as department head.

Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations is a course that teaches skills for fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll begin to surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

Based on the award-winning training program, Crucial Conversations, and the bestselling book of the same title, this workshop guides audiences through the steps to mastering crucial conversations to achieve alignment, agreement, and execution. Participants will learn high-leverage tools for securing breakthrough results personally and professionally.

What participants say about Crucial Conversations

This workshop was life changing! It really helped me with some difficulties at work and in my personal life.

I am so glad I came to this session-it was eye-opening! The skills are practical and powerful.

StrengthsFinder Training

StrengthsFinder 2.0 has become a popular tool for conducting team building at organizations around the globe. The #1 Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestseller, the StrengthsFinder training helps individuals and teams understand, apply, and integrate their strengths into their respective roles.

Faculty who take this training course will discover and unlock the potential of their own talents and strengths and then learn how to use their strengths to manage, develop, coach and motivate strengths-based teams. This workshop equips faculty leaders to maximize the potential of each employee under their supervision in order to deepen employee engagement and increase team productivity.

What participants say about StrengthsFinder Training

This really helped me become a better leader and connect with my faculty in ways I never had before.

Highly recommend. This was insightful in so many ways and it made me think about how to use my strengths in my job as a supervisor, a colleague, and a teacher.