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The Chronicle’s Administrative Leadership Institute

Fostering Collaboration and Resiliency to Accelerate Change | October 2024

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The Chronicle’s Administrative Leadership Institute

Higher education is going through seismic change. Old ways are crumbling as the value proposition is increasingly questioned in public discourse, especially amid a climate of financial scarcity. Student needs are changing and the ways people work together are transforming. With these factors influencing a declining level of trust between faculty and administration, collaboration in shared governance is suffering more than ever.

The Chronicle and Teibel Education Consulting have developed this virtual professional development program to help administrative leaders overcome this trust gap by developing skills and sensibilities related to interpersonal collaboration. Over the course of two weeks, participants will have the opportunity to transform their practice of shared governance through collaborative workshops and guided exercises on learning how to make tough decisions, leading with resiliency, and building high-performing teams and organizations.

Please reach out to for any questions about registration.

Program Leaders

Howard Teibel
Teibel Education Consulting
Liz McMillen
Executive Editor, Chronicle Intelligence
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Testimonials for The Administrative Leadership Institute
An excellent crash course to begin the planning process for accelerating change on your campus. I will definitely be using the resources provided to promote collaboration and help others see how their voice matters and can be a part of the positive change movement on my campus.
Assistant Vice President for Student Development, University of Dayton
The information shared over the two-day workshop has been insightful and has provided tools to enhance my approach to fostering collaboration on campus. It reminded me of the importance of working together and effectively navigating change to keep our institutions relevant in an ever-changing world.
Assistant Director, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
This leadership seminar was a transformative experience that exceeded my high expectations. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to learn from such expert panelists, engage with passionate organizers, and connect with inspiring peers. Without a doubt, this seminar has equipped me with the tools and insights needed to navigate the complexities of higher education leadership with confidence and purpose.
Dean, College of Social Sciences, Christopher Newport University

Program Agenda

Program Overview


What skills enable the kind of resiliency that will allow us to guide our institutions into the next decade? How can we best orient our colleagues in the academy and administration to build a shared commitment and higher level of trust to accelerate our institutions forward?

In this two-workshop series, you will learn how to cultivate trusting relationships across your teams, give feedback with compassionate directness, and declare new directions for yourself and your organization.

Key Themes

Our program will explore:
  • The culture of higher ed decision-making: Navigating the complex and nuanced world of shared governance to move key initiatives forward.
  • Building a culture of commitment: Learning not only how to build consensus across your teams, but also how to elevate the ways we manage our shared commitments.
  • Declaring how we want to show up: Exercising the authority granted to us in our roles that mobilize our teams around a common mission.

Program Logistics


This two-week institute will feature the following live sessions:

Session 1: October 9, 12 PM - 4 PM ET
Session 2: October 16, 12 PM - 5 PM ET

There will also be a capstone webinar to reconvene participants in the months following the initial two-week program.

Your registration includes:
  • Two half-day workshop intensives, facilitated by Teibel Education Consulting
  • The Chronicle Report, Today’s Mission Critical Campus Jobs
  • A Guided Leadership Development Workbook
  • Access to asynchronous learning tools and a collaborative learning hub
  • A capstone webinar in the months following the program
Program Cost:

Individual registration: $1,195
Early-bird registration, before August 30: $995 with code ADMIN24

We offer a group rate for 10 or more registrants. Please reach out to for details.
Day One: Navigating Shared Governance Culture
Even the most experienced leaders can have difficulty collaborating with other leaders at their institution to jump start progress on important initiatives.

In this four-hour workshop intensive, program facilitators will break down how to navigate the culture of shared governance and introduce how to effectively manage commitments through the use of intentional language. Through interactive discussions, live polls, and break-out sessions, the learning goals for this session will include:

  • How to collaborate using a different common sense to strengthen your institution’s ability to get things done
  • How to effectively use language to make requests with clear conditions of satisfaction
  • How to recognize and cultivate mood to boost productivity
Day Two: Creating a Culture of Commitment
Once a leader can talk the talk in their role, the next step is walking the walk: implementing effective leadership skills to elevate the culture and success of their division and institution.

In this five-hour workshop intensive, participants will explore how to own the authority that has been granted to them as a leader and learn ways to positively leverage their influence to increase trust and encourage action. Through interactive discussions and breakout sessions, the learning outcomes for this session will include:

  • How to clearly assess trust using four lenses
  • How to mobilize individuals and teams by making declarations
  • How to exercise your power to disagree and commit

This session will also include a thought-provoking panel discussion with academic and administrative leaders, focused on real-world examples and outcomes of collaboration and shared governance.
Capstone Event
Participants from the program will be invited to a networking capstone event in the months following the program to reconvene with peers, evaluate the progress made towards their commitments, and to share best practices they have learned for the path forward.