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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


Women in Academic Leadership

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.


University Management Course (UMC)

UMC 2019 is structured around a model of leadership reflecting core and adaptive leadership skills. 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)

SUAC 2019 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


Heads and Chairs: Leading Academic Departments

NEXT Offering: May 23-24, 2019 Waterloo, Ontario

Leading an academic department in a university is one of the most challenging, yet important, roles in higher education institutions. It is also the role for which many faculty are least prepared.  Uniquely situated between senior management and faculty you are best positioned to build and sustain a healthy collegial unit.  Led by a team of experienced higher education administrators join department leaders from across Canadian universities for an exceptional learning and networking opportunity.