Successful collaborative leadership in ministry requires skills and foundations that are often established during seminary formation.
Seminary deans and other senior academic leaders enhance their abilities to manage from the middle, navigating between the president and the faculty, through participation in the Chief Academic Officers Society (CAOS). Annual conferences, webinars, a listserv (exclusively for chief academic officers of ATS member schools), and other resources focus on issues of academic administration, curriculum, academic leadership, teaching and learning, personnel, and educational evaluation. In addition, opportunities for peer interaction enhance this community of practice.
2019 events focused on the work of a seminary dean will be held in Newport Beach, California (Have an idea for a workshop? Let us know!). They include the annual Women in Leadership Deans' Consultation followed by the Academic Officers' Conference. Immediately preceding both events will be the Educational Models Faculty Development Forum that will include deans and faculty from grant recipient schools and additional academic officers as space allows.