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Chairs and Academic
Administrators Management

Provides leadership & management tools, professional assessments, and 1-on-1 coaching for new, current, and aspiring administrative leaders.

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CAAMP Overview

CAAMP is a practical, interactive 3-day program that develops the core competencies required for effectively leading and managing an academic department or program. Assessments will provide insights about your personality, behaviors, prevalent leadership style, and conflict management skills. In addition, you will receive one-on-one career coaching with a CAAMP instructor.

Devoted to helping you grow professionally and personally, CAAMP is appropriate for all new, current, and aspiring administrators, from program directors to deans.





Ward, Kelly. The Center for the Study of Academic Leadership. University Council for Educational Administration. (2016).


The Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP) is a 3-day program devoted to teaching you the leadership and management skills needed for every administrative level, from department chair to dean. You will receive assessments that provide insights about your personality, behaviors, prevalent leadership style, and your preferred method for dealing with conflict. In addition, you will receive one-on-one career coaching with a CAAMP instructor. During the program, you will create a career action plan to expand and augment your strengths and set achievable goals for advancement. Through group discussions, case studies, role-playing, interactive exercises, and presentations you will learn to excel at the following:

  • Exceptional leadership virtues
  • Professional assessment of leadership competencies
  • Fiscal management
  • Crisis leadership
  • Strategic planning and execution
  • Academic legal issues
  • Conflict management
  • Communication skills and interpersonal interactions
  • Time management & life balance


Program Dates: July 29- July 31, 2019, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day

Location: Atlanta, GA

Registration deadline: June 17, 2019

Discounted Tuition: $1,795 prior to March 25 (no other discounts apply)

Regular Tuition: $1,975

Tuition includes: 
  • One-on-one career coaching with a CAAMP instructor during the program
  • Personal and professional assessments before and during the program
  • Breakfast and lunch each day of the program
  • Over 225 pages of materials downloadable from a learning management system for online viewing or printing
  • Interprofessional networking opportunities with dozens of colleagues from across the health professions
  • Welcome reception for all CAAMP participants

Participants or their institutions are responsible for lodging and transportation expenses. The host hotel is:

Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta – Buckhead Place

3312 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

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Additional Hotel Recommendations in the Buckhead Area.

Discounts are available for institutions that send three or more individuals to CAAMP.

If you have any questions, please contact AAL Vice President Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively.

The Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL) is working with a number of associations in different professions to secure scholarship opportunities.

Scholarships to the CAAMP are offered by the:

For more information about this option, or to submit your application, please click on the organization name above. Application due dates do occasionally change, please confirm each due date with the appropriate association. This page will be updated as specific dates and additional details on scholarships become available.

N. Karl Haden


President & CEO

Brian L. Crabtree


Senior Consultant

Lisa Wright Eichelberger

Ph.D., RN


Rob Jenkins


Senior Fellow

Perry Rettig



Thomas More Smith


Senior Consultant

Felicia Tucker-Lively

Ph.D., M.P.H.

Vice President

Pamela Zarkowski


Senior Consultant



“This is the best thing I have done for myself in a number of years. CAAMP has given me tools to improve in all aspects of my personal and professional life.”

Dr. Willie Davis, Loma Linda University, School of Pharmacy

“CAAMP is a must for new academic administrators! It provides them with the tools for success.”

Dr. Sonya Blevins, University of South Carolina Upstate, Mary Black School of Nursing

“This program was excellent for both new and aspiring professional school administrators. So much more focused and informative than attending a national meeting.”

Dr. Patricia Keys, Duquesne University, Mylan School of Pharmacy

“This is the perfect venue for both new and experienced chairs/administrators to hone their skills on a variety of important topics. The AAL faculty are knowledgeable and present their material such that they actively engage you in your learning process.”

Dr. Robert Spears, University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

“The CAAMP program has been a wonderful refresher for me as an academic leader. The sessions are relevant and timely. The faculty/staff of CAAMP work together to provide an experience that is professional, warm, safe and supportive. As a new interim dean, I attended this program along with the two assistant deans from my college to provide an opportunity to develop a collaborative and cohesive leadership team moving forward.”
Dr. Sheri Noviello, Valdosta State University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

“I had heard of the AAL from some of our faculty and they always seem very motivated after they have participated in a program, which led me to keep exploring the programs offered for a good fit for me. The CAAMP program has definitely provided key ideas that I can not only take away to use for the future but also to immediately input into my daily life. You can't always say that about continuing education programs.”
Dr. Liz Andrews, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine 

 This was a very intense and illuminating experience. I think it will have a lasting effect on my career.

Dr. Anne Koerber, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry

 “Invaluable program that has shining pearls of wisdom that apply in situations common to all academic settings and institutions.”  
Dr. Paul E. Kilgore, Wayne State University, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

 “This should be a requirement for all new chairs and directors.”

 Jo Ann Jordan, UT Health Science Center San Antonio

 I love the fact that this was interprofessional; it gave me a good sense that I am not alone on many issues. It also fostered a strong sense of collegiality among leaders from other professions.

 Dr. Robin Page, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College of Nursing


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.

 This page will be updated as additional providers are registered to provide CEs in their professions.

Program Curriculum

  • Character-based model of leadership
  • Strategic planning & execution
  • Collaboration & interprofessional engagement
  • Professional assessment of leadership competencies
  • Communication skills & interpersonal interactions
  • Academic legal issues
  • Resource allocation
  • Conflict management & performance improvement


Julie A. Manz, Ph.D., M.S., RN

College of Nursing at Creighton University

“CAAMP was a revolutionary experience for me! I had been looking for an academic leadership development program, and this exceeded all of my expectations. I recommend this experience and I can’t wait to attend CAAMP II.”