Academic Leadership Forum

The Academic Leadership Forum (ALF) is a series of professional development sessions for academic administrators, including Department Chairs, Institute Directors, Associate Deans and Deans. ALF aligns with McGill’s key priorities and forms a continuing conversation about best practices and institutional management.

ALF events are held throughout the academic year.


The Academic Leadership Forum has concluded for 2016-2017. Please check this space for dates and topics for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Date Time & Location Topic
Date Topic Document(s)
Thursday, 15 September 2016 Building on ASAP 2012  
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 McGill Master Plan and update on the RVH site PDF icon RVH Site
Thursday, 10 November 2016 Working with Academic Staff Experiencing Health or Personal Challenges PDF icon Case Studies: Working With Academic Staff Experiencing Health or Personal Challenges
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 Working with CFI-JELF Applicants PDF icon CFI-JELF Optimization

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Pressure Points in Recruiting Academic Staff

PDF icon Pressure Points in Recruiting Academic Staff

Thursday, 30 March 2017 My Workplace

PDF icon My Workplace

Thursday, 27 April 2017 Academic Leaders' Responsibilities in Responding to Campus Sexual Violence

PDF icon Campus Sexual Violence presentation

Date Topic Document(s)
20 Apr 2016 Maintaining Your Research Profile While Serving as an Academic Administrator PDF icon Maintaining a Research Profile While Chairing
30 Mar 2016 Recent Developments in Open Access PDF icon Recent Developments in Open Access
24 Feb 2016 Managing Staff Performance (Academic ) PDF icon Assessing Academic Staff Performance
25 Jan 2016 Equity Topics PDF icon Equity, Diversity, Inclusiveness and the University Mission
16 Dec 2015 Graduate Student Supervision PDF icon Graduate Supervision
PDF icon Graduate Supervision Handout
24 Nov 2015 Managing Staff Performance (Administrative) PDF icon Managing Staff Performance (Administrative)
28 Oct 2015 Briefing on Immigration PDF icon Briefing on Immigration
30 Sept 2015 Meet the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)  
Date Topic Document(s)
29 Apr 2015 Work/Life Balance PDF icon Are You In Balance Quiz
PDF icon Work/Life Balance
File Work/Life Balance
25 Mar 2015 Building a Culture of Service at McGill File Building A Culture of Service
24 Feb 2015 University Services – Preparing for Renovations etc. PDF icon University Services -- Capital Renovations and Small Projects
29 Jan 2015 Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Research File Research & International Relations
PDF icon RIR Follow-up Actions
17 Dec 2014 The Future of Higher Education File The Future of Higher Education
26 Nov 2014 Managing Discipline and Grievances

PDF icon Case Studies Presentation
File Case Studies

21 Oct 2014 Preparing Budgets and the FBM Process File Preparing Budgets & the FBM Process
PDF icon Building the University's Budget
30 Sept 2014 Supporting the Advancement of Women File Supporting the Advancement of Women
Date Topic Document(s)
21 Aug 2014 New Academic Administrators Orientation File New Academic Administrators Orientation Presentation
30 Apr 2014 Presentation by Prof. Claude Lessard, Président du Conseil supérieur de l’éducation (in English) • Because the Ways of Pursuing University Studies Have Changed...
• Conseil supérieur de l'éducation
26 Mar 2014 Growing and Sustaining our Research Funding: Compliance with Tri-Agency requirements (in partnership with VP-RIR and VP-Finance) • Tri-Agency
27 Feb 2014 Results of the 2013 AAUDE Faculty Survey • AAUDE Survey Results
29 Jan 2014 "Pressure Points" for Chairs and Directors • "Pressure Points" – PowerPoint Slides
• Faculty Evaluation Metrics – Department of Oncology
• DISE Faculty Merit Framework
• Resources
11 Dec 2013 Facilitating an Academic Retirement PDF icon Aging Is Not What It Used To Be – Edith Zorychta
• "Regulations on Retirement of Academic Staff" – Secretariat website
28 Nov 2013 Hiring in the Context of “3 for 4” • Hiring, Academic Renewal, and French Language Acquisition
28 Oct 2013 Organizing for Efficient Information Sharing • MASCI 1.1
• Options for Efficient Information Sharing
PDF icon Proximify
PDF icon R2R
25 Sept 2013 Immigration, Permanent Residency & French Language Acquisition for Academic Staff • French Language Training
• Service Canada - Recruitment Requirements for Academics
• Timeline - From Work Permit to Permanent Residency