Provosts and academic affairs leaders are faced with rapidly shifting external pressures—from an increasingly competitive market for both traditional undergraduate enrollments and professional education to declining investments from state and federal sources. In responding to these forces, traditional approaches to strategic planning will no longer suffice; achieving meaningful (and lasting) change in the academy requires creatively engaging departmental leaders in the financial stewardship, curricular design, and operation of their programs.

Our new provost roundtable sessions and academic leadership summits (designed to serve members of the provost’s cabinet) will help members create a new paradigm for academic leadership on campus—enfranchising chairs, program heads, deans, and other faculty leaders in institution-wide efforts. We are excited to share new research on effective faculty and unit evaluation practices, promising innovations in traditionally under-enrolled disciplines, and faculty diversity.