In 2009, the Provost's office announced the premiere of a new Leadership Academy for faculty and staff and it quickly took its place as a significant event at the College that both faculty and staff are invited to apply for.
The Leadership Academy is a personal, professional development opportunity for any full or part-time support staff employee, administrator, or faculty member who has worked at the college for a minimum of six months. The Academy is comprised of eight workshops that are held approximately every three weeks beginning in early October and ending in March. The workshops are held on Fridays from Noon to 3:30 p.m. and lunch is provided.
Presentations are made by College staff members and other professionals on various topics including:
- Team Building and Collaboration
- Handling Difficult Situations and Conflict
- Emotional Intelligence
- Diversity and the Law
In each session, practical techniques are introduced that are designed to improve skill levels and job performance. The sessions are interactive: group participation is expected and learning is enhanced by a variety of activities. There are also ongoing exercises that provide an opportunity for participants to formulate a plan to analyze and possibly improve an existing college operation or process.
Invitations to apply to the academy are usually circulated via email early in the Fall semester with a deadline of around September 30. A letter of support is from an immediate supervisor is required for consideration. Applicants are expected to attend every session.
Admission to the Leadership Academy is a competitive process: letters of interest, required in the application process, should demonstrate a commitment to higher education and to Delaware County Community College in particular, willingness to consider and adopt new techniques and processes, and the ability to engage in respectful dialogue and work as part of a team.