ICFAD’s Leadership Development Workshop

Empowering people to be their strongest by measuring talents, providing mentorship, strengthening leadership in academia

The International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) and Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) are pleased to announce two leadership programs designed for staff, faculty, directors and chairs, associate and assistant deans, new deans and executive arts administrators in higher education.

A collaboration between ICFAD and AICAD will offer two distinct programs - ICFAD's Leadership Development Workshop and AICAD's BIPOC Academic Leadership Institute. These opportunities will provide presentations, discussions, and mentorship related to leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Designed for New Deans, Assistant and Associate Deans, Directors and Chairs, and Executive Arts Administrators:

Leadership Development Workshop
This series of leadership development sessions developed and facilitated by Mark Heckler, President Emeritus, Valparaiso University and Barbara Korner, Dean Emerita, College of Arts & Architecture, Penn State University, will support new deans in their role and nurture prospective future deans. Six, two-hour online classes with thoughtfully curated case studies and breakout discussions  are scheduled across a span of 13 weeks. Here is the calendar. Sessions integrate theories of values-based leadership for organizational change with the practice of leading arts programs during these challenging times. Between online sessions, one-on-one structured conversations with an experienced mentor allow participants to explore topics ranging from personal mission statements and leadership assessment to diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, resource acquisition and management, personnel matters, governance dynamics and career planning. Leadership Development Workshop classes will be scheduled for Wednesday afternoons, mid-September through early December.

As diversity, equity, and inclusion are imperatives for excellence in the 21st century, participants will find that leadership for DEI will be a focus throughout. This year’s workshop will include a session with Daryl Smith, author of Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making it Work.

The Leadership Development Workshop will provide time for participants to:

  • reflect on specific leadership skills;
  • consider how to be strong advocates for the arts;
  • contemplate the advantages of assuming increased responsibilities; and
  • avail themselves of a dedicated network of volunteer mentors
  • apply a framework for diversity and inclusion in strategic planning and decision making

Applications for ICFAD’s Leadership Development Seminar are now being accepted. Join us. A registration fee of $350 for members of ICFAD or AICAD ($495 for non-members) includes an opportunity for each participant to take a CliftonStrengths assessment and learn how their talents in four domains – executing, influencing, relationship building and strategic thinking – help them succeed when they join, create or lead a team.


A printable schedule will be available soon. Participants are matched with an experienced mentor and required to participate in online meetings with the mentor between each of the sessions.

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Designed for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Emerging Executive Arts Administrators, Faculty and Staff

BIPOC Academic Leadership Institute
The BIPOC Academic Leadership Institute is a year-long professional development program for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) faculty and staff at AICAD and ICFAD member institutions who are emerging as academic leaders and would like to consider pursuing senior roles such as Dean, Provost, Vice President and other cabinet-level positions, and President. The program aims to foster the further development of BIPOC faculty and staff who have shown promise in leadership and who will continue working towards a goal of creating learning and working environments that are inclusive, equitable, and just.

The program, being presented from October 2021 through May 2022, will be completely virtual and comprised of two elements—monthly professional development sessions and mentorship. The sessions will focus on building knowledge around the full suite of components in higher education administration, including strategic enrollment management, institutional finances and budgeting, fundraising, negotiating compensation (from both sides of the table), governance, and working with boards. All participants will also engage in both small group and individual mentoring with current administrative leaders, building networks of support for BIPOC faculty and staff across institutional boundaries.

AICAD is also interested in expanding its pool of mentors to include current leaders from ICFAD institutions, particularly among BIPOC leaders. Please contact Deborah Obalil, President & Executive Director, AICAD at [email protected] if interested.

Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back for information about the registration fee and a link to register.