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Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD)

Elevate your skills in Higher Education

The Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD) at the University of Manitoba is Canada’s premier centre dedicated to the professional development of university and colleges administrators and managers.

Established in 1987 at the University of Manitoba, CHERD offers face-to-face professional development programs. They also offer regional and national courses, programs, seminars, and workshops.

Annual Professional Development Programs go Virtual for 2020/2021

This fall, CHERD will provide two summer flagship programs, the Senior University Administrators Course (SUAC) and University Management Course (UMC) via virtual delivery. We do so in response to the current restrictions on gatherings and travel, knowing full well that leaders and managers currently have their plates full attending to immediate needs so this format will allow them to incorporate this important professional development into their busy schedules. With COVID-19, leadership must now be exercised in a very different environment and now, more than ever, administrators need to hone the skills and knowledge necessary for the new normal.

All CHERD programs are updated annually to reflect current realities, and in this extraordinary year, programs will also be contextualized within the new environment in which universities must currently function, so we can continue to be key assets for our communities, regions and our country. This year’s virtual environment will use a range of synchronous and asynchronous technologies to facilitate building a community of practice to learn and network. With senior leaders Michael Benarroch, Sheila Brown, Tom Chase, Adam Gaudry,  Donna Janiec, George MacLean,Sheila Cote Meek, and Miles Turnbull, we will provide a unique learning  and networking experience.

University Management Course (UMC) ONLINE

Applications Now Closed

UMC 2020 topics will include governance and organizational goals, budget models and resource allocation, decision-making and team building, managing change, dealing with conflict, accommodation of students and employees, and development of self and others within the organization. The program led by a team with extensive higher education management experience utilizes an interactive approach. There will also be an opportunity for one-to-one consultation with team members. UMC is targeted to administrators and managers within the higher education system. Individuals working within both the academic and administrative areas are encouraged to apply: Department Heads, Directors, Managers, and Senior Executive Assistants.

Senior University Administrators Course (SUAC) ONLINE

Applications Now Closed

SUAC 2020 will focus on key leadership practices along with the knowledge and skills to lead higher education institutions today and tomorrow. Topics include strategic planning and resource management, leading yourself and others, organizational development and change management, negotiation and conflict resolution, setting goals and achieving results, and innovation in the higher education context. The program, led by a team with extensive senior university experience, will utilize case studies, interactive presentations, and discussions. There will also be the opportunity for one-to-one consultations with team members. SUAC is targeted to senior university administrators and leaders. Individuals holding these positions in both academic and administrative areas are encouraged to apply: Provosts, Vice-Presidents and Associate Vice-Presidents, Deans, Associate Deans, Registrars, Chief Librarians and Senior Directors of Services

Women in Academic Leadership Virtual Offering Commencing April 23, 2021

Applications Now Closed

Women in Academic Leadership is a unique and innovative five-day residential program of workshops and mentorship from the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development, to enhance your executive leadership potential in Canadian Universities. The unique mentorship component of this program will enable participants to interact with experienced women leaders who are knowledgeable and accomplished in the higher education profession. With this program, you’ll be a part of building a community of Women in Academic Leadership, and benefit from excellent networking opportunities with mentors, and with your colleagues from across Canada.

Seminars and Workshops

CHERD  2021 Webinars

CHERD presents free one-hour webinars.

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Heads and Chairs: Leading Academic Departments 2021 offered ONLINE

Responding to Challenges in Academic Leadership The 2020 global pandemic has created an unprecedented time for all in higher education. Professional development for department chairs has never been more important. Department heads and chairs, uniquely situated between senior management and faculty, play critical roles in building and sustaining a healthy collegial unit. Leading an academic department in a university or college is challenging. Faculty members must be prepared. This workshop provides you with foundational knowledge and skills to develop and enhance your academic leadership at the departmental level. Led by a team of experienced academic administrators, it draws upon both the literature and practice of academic leadership, and presents it to you in a highly interactive setting. Join department leaders from universities across Canada for an exceptional learning and networking opportunity.