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

Based on the award-winning program and the bestselling book of the same title, Crucial Conversations is a workshop that introduces participants to practical skills for fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics–at all levels of the organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), participants will begin to surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on those decisions with unity and commitment. These workshops guide participants through the steps to mastering crucial conversations to achieve alignment, agreement, and execution. Participants will learn about 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.


Strengths offerings at the Teaching Academy help individuals and teams discover and unlock the potential of what they naturally do best. Based on the #1 Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestseller, StrengthsFinder 2.0, these sessions help participants learn how to develop their greatest talents and turn them into strengths in the workplace.

Strengths For Academic Department Heads

This short course is designed to help academic department heads learn about their top talents and how to turn them into strengths in their unique work. Participants are given the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book with an access code to take the StrengthsFinder talent assessment. Next, a one-hour individual coaching session is scheduled for each participant to learn more about their top five talents. Finally, participants attend a four-part short course at the Teaching Academy to learn how they may begin using their talents as strengths in their roles as leaders.

Strengths For Academic Departments

This offering is for academic departments interested in maximizing the potential of individual team members, deepen employee engagement, and increase team productivity. Departments are asked to purchase the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book with access codes so that individual team members can take the StrengthsFinder talent assessment. Next, a one-hour individual coaching session is scheduled for each team member to learn more about their top five talents. Finally, a 90-minute workshop is provided in the department so team members can learn about their team talents and how to use them as strengths in their respective roles.

Follow-up workshops may also be provided to teams who wish to continue to work on building their Strengths.

What participants say about Strengths

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.