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The Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program is designed as a 3-day virtual experience to provide practical, hands-on, interactive experience that develops the core competencies required for effectively managing an academic department or academic program.


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Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program

One of most difficult jobs in academia is taking on the mantle of administration.

As a chair or an academic administrator, you assume many hats, such as, the ‘big picture’ leader, the guide and mentor for faculty members, the liaison between your department and stakeholders, the first-line of defense, the gatekeeper, and the role model, making it feel extremely challenging to find balance.

  • How do you grow your program or department when facing tough regional and national competition?
  • How do you balance your own overload, so you can effectively mentor faculty through their challenges and sensitive situations?
  • How do you align your natural leadership strengths with institutional goals and stakeholder expectations?
  • How do you improve your academic culture to promote innovation, collaboration and productivity in a way that makes your faculty feel valued?

With all that’s on your plate, where can you turn to reset, recharge, and regroup? You don’t need to attend another large-scale conference, or a chairs meeting. You need practical and effective strategies, interactive learning, and one-on-one engagement with leaders who have successfully powered through the obstacles you are currently facing.

The Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program is designed as a 3-day virtual experience to provide practical, hands-on, interactive experience that develops the core competencies required for effectively managing an academic department or academic program. 


Cost, Dates, Location

August 23-25, 2021, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day


Regular Tuition: $1,975

Registration closes August 2, 2021

*Although we were scheduled to conduct an in-person 2021 CAAMP experience in Atlanta, GA with a hybrid option, the overwhelming preference from this year’s registrants is for a virtual experience. Hence, we are adjusting our plans. Due to the continued impact of COVID-19 Pandemic, 2021 CAAMP will be held from Monday, August 23 – Wednesday, August 25 entirely virtually for the 2nd time in its 13-year history. This necessary shift brings even more relevance to this year’s theme – Confronting Complexities with Courageous, Innovative Leadership.

Scholarship Options

Visit our Scholarship Information page for more information.


CE Credits

Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL) partners with CE providers to help professionals in academia and those transitioning to academic careers achieve their goals as leaders, educators, and agents of change for their organizations. AAL is working with a number of associations in different professions to secure CE credits. Please contact us to request CEs for your profession or for additional details.

Contact Info

Felicia Tucker-Lively, Ph.D.
Vice President


The Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program immediately engages its participants with group discussions, case studies, role playing, and interactive presentations. By focusing on creating a clear bridge between theory and practice, the program provides you with new tools and leaves you looking at your role through a widened administrative lens.

This program is for you if you:

  • Are questioning the growth potential of your program or department
  • Are facing stiff competition from other regional and national schools
  • Are interested in learning how to effectively manage your department budget and finances
  • Find it difficult to coach staff/colleagues through sensitive issues and tough conversations
  • Do not know how to manage faculty overload
  • Want to create a safe and healthy culture that supports innovation
  • Need strategies for aligning your natural leadership strengths with institutional goals
  • Find it difficult to address the lack of urgency amongst your team with needed institutional change

During the program, you will learn:

Professional Assessment of Leadership Competencies

Financial efficacy

Crisis management & critical decision-making

Communication Skills & Interprofessional Engagement

Critical feedback and managing civility

Strategic Planning and Execution

Collaborative change and impact

Academic legal issues

What Our Alumni Say

  • "Taking the time to improve myself professionally is expected; however, taking the time to improve myself personally is a privilege. I expected to learn useful techniques at CAAMP but it was a privilege to genuinely feel a connection that will certainly have an impact in both my professional and personal life. Great conference and highly recommended!"

    Naquilla Thomas, West Georgia Technical College

  • "One of the best things about CAAMP is that it brings educators from all different health disciplines together. This fosters an environment where we share best practices for similar challenges and pitfalls. I left this program with many pearls of wisdom that I could actively implement in my work life."

    Mai-Ly Duong, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Program Faculty

Below are our 2021 experts.

Karl Haden, PhD

Karl Haden, PhD

AAL President & CEO

Felicia Tucker-Lively, PhD, MPH

Felicia Tucker-Lively, PhD, MPH

AAL Vice President

Gerald E. Davis II, DDS, MA, MS

Gerald E. Davis II, DDS, MA, MS

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, and Assistant Professor for Restorative Dentistry, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry

Lisa Eichelberger, PhD, RN

Lisa Eichelberger, PhD, RN

Dean and Professor, College of Health Clayton State University

Herminio Perez, DMD MBA

Herminio Perez, DMD MBA

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Diversity & Inclusion, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

Michelle A. Robinson DMD, MA

Michelle A. Robinson DMD, MA

Interim Dean School of Education Senior Associate Dean, The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry

Pamela Zarkowski, MPH, JD

Pamela Zarkowski, MPH, JD

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the University of Detroit Mercy