Leadership Programs

2016 Advancing Leaders group photo

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.

• 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.

Jon Hunner, former Academic Department Head, History

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!

Advancing Leaders Brochure
Advancing Leaders Committee

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 Department Head Academy

Very helpful, so needed, keep going!

These workshops are a great opportunity to network with other department heads and share problems and ideas.

Discussing issues with other department heads is one of the most valuable elements of the department head academy meetings. It is helpful to hear how others handle personnel, budget, and student challenges.

• Cynda Clary, former Academic Department Head,
Agriculture & Extension Education

Being a department head can be isolating at times. These workshops give you an opportunity to bounce ideas off of other department heads and help you solve problems and feel supported.

Sometimes I come to these workshops feeling lost and hopeless and I always come out of these on the other side.

Department Head Academy Committee

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.
In short, when the stakes are high, opinions differ, and emotions run strong, the best individuals, teams, and organizations:

  • Speak up and encourage others to do the same—no matter the topic, power difference, or sensitivity of the subject.
  • Create an environment where people share their best ideas, make wise decisions, and act on those decisions with conviction.
  • Speak persuasively, and not abrasively.

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.
Materials for this short course (books, workbooks, DVDs, etc.) are $250 total per person. The Teaching Academy will cover this fee provided you complete the course. If, however, you are unable to attend at least four of five sessions, you will be responsible for the full cost of the materials. Therefore, on the registration deadline, you will be contacted for an index number or for a personal check (neither of which will be charged unless you are unable to finish the course).