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Academic Leadership Essentials

Academic leaders perform so many crucial tasks that new leaders can feel unprepared for their role. This Magna Online Course covers the essential areas of leadership, program assessment, and faculty development so that you can feel confident and fully prepared for your position.

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Group Enrollment Pricing
1 person$199
2–9 people$139 per person
10-49 people$109 per person
50–99 people$89 per person
Group Enrollment discounts are applied in the cart.

Registration for this Winter Enrichment Session is now Closed

The path to academic leadership can be difficult and the expectations often exceed the preparation. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone.

Academic Leadership Essentials brings together experienced academic leaders ready to share their best practices for:

  • Leading an academic unit
  • Evaluating and assessing academic programs and faculty
  • Mentoring and coaching the faculty you work with

This asynchronous 8.5 hour Magna Online Course is your go-to resource to learn from trusted professionals and become more prepared for your ever-evolving position. You’ll gain valuable insight into the nuances of leadership in an academic department. Each unit of this course features a variety of short programs that cover crucial topics to prepare you for the work ahead.

Hit the ground running and benefit from practical and proven advice from leaders who have been in your shoes. Academic Leadership Essentials will spark innovative ideas for you to implement right away in your own position. Put experts in your corner now and become the leader you’ve always wanted to be!

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Learning Goals

At the conclusion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain how communication, collaboration, coordination, cooperation, and compliance help college leaders become more successful
  • Identify behaviors, actions, and concepts associated with servant leadership and toxic leadership
  • Recognize the challenges to department-driven assessment and explore solutions
  • Explore questions to prepare for crafting or revising student learning outcomes
  • Examine the steps needed to help organize raw data into useful information and actionable steps
  • Recognize how to monitor the improvement process to close the assessment loop
  • Implement strategies that nurture more closely aligned definitions of rigor and enhance the quality of course evaluations, promote learning, and increase retention
  • Identify weaknesses in your institution’s faculty evaluation process and leverage resources to strengthen the process
  • Define the SOAR (strengths, opportunities, aspirations, results) method, why it works, and how to apply it to your faculty development program
  • Involve stakeholders in the faculty development program planning and execution process
  • Appreciate how mentoring and coaching can be used at various stages of a faculty career

How It Works:

  • Select your desired session date.
  • Prior to the start of the course, participants will receive an email with information on accessing the online course.
  • Access to the course runs according to your selected session date.
  • Participants can work through the course at their own pace. Participants can also review information in a previous unit as well as read supplemental materials and watch the accompanying videos as many times as they like within their selected session date.
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will take an assessment to gauge learning.
  • At the end of the course, participants will receive their choice of a Digital Badge or a Certificate of Completion.


What’s Included:

  • Video programs
  • A final assessment
  • Transcripts of all video programs
  • Program slides
  • Supplemental readings and activities
  • You choice of a Digital Badge or Certificate of Completion for the course

Group Enrollment:

Discount pricing is available for multiple seats purchased at the same time.

For 10 or more seats, please contact Magna Sales at or call 800-433-0499 ext. 183 to receive a customized quote.

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Winter Enrichment Session Product Code: OO23ID

Meet Your Presenters

Ken Alford, PhD
Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

Stephanie Delaney, PhD
Vice President of Instruction, Renton Technical College

Stephanie Hinshaw, EdD
Executive Director, Butler University

Jessica Lewis, MS, EdD
Assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator, Marymount University

Nicki Monahan, MEd
Faculty Facilitator and Coach, George Brown College

Lolita Paff, PhD
Associate Professor of Business and Economics, Penn State Berks

Tanjula Petty
Assistant Provost for Student Success and Special Initiatives, Alabama State University

Ken Ryalls, PhD
Professor and Vice President, Mercy College

Katy Shorey
Assistant Teaching Professor, Northeastern University

Shantell Strickland-Davis, PhD
Executive Director, Central Piedmont Community College

Ann Taylor
Assistant Dean for Distance Learning, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University

Rosemary Tyrell, EdD
Director of Faculty Development, University of California Riverside School of Medicine

Purchase Options

Group Enrollment Pricing
1 person$199
2-9 people$139 per person
10-49 people$109 per person
50-99 people$89 per person
Group Enrollment discounts are applied in the cart.
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may cancel the order within 30 days of purchase and receive a full refund.

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