Senior University Administrators Course lecture

Offered online from October 2020 to May 2021

These Synchronous sessions are highly interactive incorporating group work, case studies and table top discussions. They will be will be augmented by self-study and reflection

Fees: $2,850 plus GST

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Oct. 20 10:30 am to 1:30 pm CST
Oct. 27 10:30 am to 1:30 pm CST
Nov. 3 10:30 am to 2:30 pm CST
Nov. 24 10:30 am to 1:30 pm CST
Dec. 8 10:30 am to 1:30 pm CST


Jan. 26 10:30 am to 2:30 pm CST
Feb. 23 10:30 am to 2:30 pm CST
Mar. 23 10:30 am to 12:30 pm CST
Apr. 13 10:30 am to 2:30 pm CST
May 18 10:30 am to 2:00 pm CST

Course description

  • Prepare for leadership in higher education, with the skills and knowledge to lead today and tomorrow with this annual course. The program utilizes an active learning approach by taking full advantage of the wealth of skills and experience of participants and course leaders. Led by a team with extensive senior university experience and complemented by expert guests, each year the program incorporates case studies, interactive presentations, discussions, and one-on-one consultations. Participants are encouraged to share experience and insights through a community of practice approach to learning. Indigenization and EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) are cross-cutting themes, touching all aspects of higher education leadership and management and central within the program. SUAC considers the major issues and trends impacting higher education, shares essential techniques for managing the interpersonal aspects of an academic leadership role and provides the specific tools to assist in managing day-to-day operational needs. Revised annually, it embraces an integrated approach to the multi-faceted challenges facing today’s university leaders.

    Delivery methods

    Due to COVID-19, SUAC is currently delivered online using a range of synchronous and asynchronous technologies to facilitate building a community of practice to learn and network.

  • Senior university administrators course presentation

About SUAC 2020-2021

Key topic areas

Leadership Essentials: Understanding yourself as a leader, crafting a vision, professional responsibility and performance management, negotiation, conflict resolution, accommodation and succession planning and work-life balance.

Executing Strategy and Managing the Operational Needs of Your Unit: Strategic planning leading and managing change, budgeting and resource management models, leveraging resources and monitoring results.

Flagship Facilitation Team

Thomas Chase, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina
Miles Turnbull, Vice Principal, Academic Bishop’s University
Sheila Brown, President Emerita, Mount St Vincent University
Adam Gaudry, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta
Donna Janiec, Vice- Principal, Finance and Administration Queen’s University, Past President CAUBO
George MacLean, Vice President Academic University of New Brunswick.

Opening Keynote

Michael Benarroch, President and Vice Chancellor University of Manitoba

Guest Presenters

Sheila Cote-Meek, Vice-President, Equity People and Culture, York University
Amanda Myran Piluwitahasuwin (AVP Indigenous Engagement), University of New Brunswick
Robina Thomas, Executive Director, Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, University of Victoria

Nomination Process

Participants are nominated by their home institutions. Universities and colleges can nominate individuals who have records of achievement in their academic or professional work, people who are motivated to enhance their leadership skills and/or those who are interested in the benefits to be obtained from attending a specialized leadership development program. Nominees apply directly to SUAC 2020 via the online application form.

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Extended Education
185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Toll free: 1-888-216-7011 ext. 8800