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24/7 Resources

Academic Affairs, Human Resources, and the Office of the President have collaborated to develop a set of 24/7 resources for academic leaders. See below for our featured article of the month, and scroll further for resources by topic.

These resources are part of the UM System's Academic Leadership Development initiative.

Featured Resource

How to be a Radically Open Department Head
The Chronicle of Higher Education

This article provides department heads with strategies on how to actively promote transparency in their academic units. "Administrators talk a lot about 'transparency.' But for that word to be more than jargon, you have to live by it." This includes things like avoiding bombshells at faculty meetings--"some administrators scheduled them weekly ... and then called it 'consultative governance'"--following the same processes as non-leaders, recognizing faculty achievements commensurate with their scope, posting course and committee assignments before each semester, and being open about salaries. For a more in-depth look at how to be radically open as a department head, click here.

Resource by Topic

Getting Started as an Academic Leader


Reports & Guides


Managing the Budget

Legal and Ethical Issues

Stay Sharp

In the fast-changing industry of higher education, it’s important to stay abreast of current events in higher education. Staying well-informed can help you learn from the mistakes and successes of other institutions, anticipate issues before they arrive in your inbox, and think creatively about daily issues and challenges outside the context of your own institution. Below are a series of sources to get you started.



  • Academic Leader (monthly): Provides practical advice for department chairs, academic deans, program directors, and other leaders within academic affairs. Learn more.
  • Harvard Business Review Management Tip of the Day (daily): Quick, practical management advice to help you do your job better.
  • Inside Higher Ed Weekly News Update (weekly): Your need-to-know digest of the week’s news, delivered every Friday morning.
  • Academe Today (daily): Keeps you up-to-date and summarizes the latest events in higher education as well as highlights from the most current issue of The Chronicle.
  • Diversity Matters (weekly): Weekly updates with news, essays and career advice about diversity in higher ed, sent each Tuesday.
  • Inside Digital Learning (weekly): Weekly, in-depth coverage of technology and the learning experience, sent each Wednesday. 
  • Washington Post’s Grade Point (twice weekly):The latest in news, debates and issues in higher education for students, teachers and more. In your inbox twice a week.



Inclusive Excellence and Climate






Institutional Resources

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Mental Health & Well-Being


  • Presentation to the UM System Board of Curators on Student Mental Health & Well-Being

Difficult Conversations and Conflict Management

Data-Driven Decision-Making

Change Management

Time Management, Balance and Self Care

 Performance Management

Reviewed 2019-12-12