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Senior University Administrators Course ONLINE #UM_SUAC

SUAC 2020-2021 starts October 20

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October 20      10:30 am -1:30 pm CST
October 27      10:30 am -1:30 pm CST
November 3    10:30 am -2:30 pm CST
November 24  10:30 am – 1:30 pm CST
December 8    10:30 am – 2:30 pm CST


$2,850 plus GST.


January 26       10:30 am – 2:30 pm CST
February 23     10:30 am – 2:30 pm CST
March 23         10:30 am – 12:30 pm CST
April 13            10:30 am – 2:30 pm CST
May 18            10:30 am – 2:00 pm  CST

These Synchronous Sessions Synchronous sessions are highly interactive incorporating group work, case studies and table top discussions. They will be augmented by self-study and reflection


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SUAC goes Virtual

This fall, CHERD will provide the Senior University Administrators Course (SUAC) 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.

Senior University Administrators Course (SUAC) 2020-2021

SUAC is a professional development program for senior academic leaders including presidents, rectors, principals, provosts, vice presidents, associate vice presidents, deans, associate deans, registrars, chief librarians, and senior directors of service.

Offered by the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD) at the University of Manitoba, SUAC has been part of the Canadian higher education administration landscape for over 30 years. Revised annually, it embraces an integrated approach to the multi-faceted challenges facing today’s university leaders.

The program utilizes an active learning approach by taking full advantage of the wealth of skills and experience of participants and course leaders.

Central to SUAC is preparing participants for leadership in higher education, providing participants with the skills and knowledge to lead today and tomorrow.

Updated annually, SUAC considers the major issues and trends impacting higher education, shares essential techniques for managing the interpersonal aspects of an academic leadership role, and provides the specific tools to assist in managing day-to-day operational needs. This year, SUAC has been further  updated and contexualized contexualized the content  within  COVID-19 for the virtual delivery of SUAC 2020.

Led by a team with extensive senior university experience and complemented by expert guests, the program will incorporate case studies, interactive presentations, discussions, and one-on-one consultations. Participants will be encouraged to share experience and insights through a community of practice approach to learning. Indigenization and EDI are cross-cutting themes, touching all aspects of higher education leadership and management and central within the program. 

Key Topic Areas

Leadership Essentials: Understanding yourself as a leader, crafting a vision, professional responsibility and performance management, negotiation, conflict resolution, accommodation and succession planning and work life balance. 

Executing Strategy and Managing the Operational Needs of Your Unit Strategic planning leading and managing change, budgeting and resource management models, leveraging resources, and monitoring results.

Delivery methods

To be delivered FULLY ONLINE, using a range of synchronous and asynchronous technologies to facilitate building a community of practice to learn and network.

Flagship Facilitation Team

Thomas Chase, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina.
Miles Turnbull Vice Principal, Academic Bishop’s University
Sheila Brown, President Emerita, Mount St Vincent University
Adam Gaudry, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta
Donna Janiec, Vice- Principal, Finance and Administration Queen’s University, Past President CAUBO 
George MacLean, Vice President Academic University of New Brunswick

Opening Keynote

Michael Benarroch: President and Vice Chancellor, University of Manitoba

Guest Presenters

Sheila Cote-Meek, Vice-President, Equity People and Culture, York University
Amanda Reid Rogers, Piluwitahasuwin (AVP Indigenous Engagement) University of New Brunswick
Robina Thomas, Executive Director Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, University of Victoria

Nomination process

Participants are nominated to SUAC by their home institutions. Universities and colleges can nominate individuals who have records of achievement in their academic or professional work, people who are motivated to enhance their leadership skills, and/or those who are interested in the benefits to be obtained from attending a specialized leadership development program. Nominees should  apply directly to SUAC 2020 via the online application form.


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