What is

Academic Leadership

Academic leadership is where institutional administrators guide faculty and students towards success. Academic leaders help students hone the skills they will need to thrive in their careers and provide innovative ways to assess knowledge. Academic leadership involves upholding educational excellence and advocating for quality, rigor and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) on campus. Characteristics of academic leaders include effective non-verbal, verbal and written communication skills, creativity in problem solving and strong organization skills.

Academic leadership refers to institutional leaders who set their college’s strategic vision and manage change and collaboration at their school. There are several types of academic leaders at North American universities. They include: a) Presidents, b) Vice-Presidents, c) Vice-Chancellors, d) Provosts and e) Deans. Each of these academic leaders directly or indirectly play a role in advancing their institution’s teaching, research and service missions.