Leadership in Academic Matters (LAM)


Faculty at all levels of an academic organization face discrete leadership challenges. The very structure of our institution, the obligations and the privileges of shared governance, as well as the expectations of our faculty to be nationally recognized teachers and scholars, mean that faculty play many roles.

Leadership in Academic Matters (LAM) is a faculty development opportunity focused on supporting, inspiring, and rewarding those who, in these myriad roles, have demonstrated leadership characteristics and future potential.

LAM provides participants with concrete resources, access to expertise and experiential learning opportunities focused on a variety of topics including managing change, building and managing teams, difficult conversations, developing successful networks, and finding life balance in a dynamic and growing career. Weekly half-day sessions are conducted over the course of several months, facilitated by leading experts in academic leadership.


Participation is limited to 30 faculty members per session. Individuals wishing to participate must be nominated.

Although anyone can nominate a faculty member for participation, nominations should include a letter or email of support from the nominees department chair as well as a brief statement as to how the nominee will both benefit from and contribute to the program. If you are considering submitting a nomination, we strongly advise you to speak with the faculty member you are nominating prior to submitting any materials. Nominations are accepted year-round, but usually need to be submitted at the latest in the spring prior to the year in which the nominated individual would participate.

Please submit nominations electronically to jsk3t@virginia.edu.

If you have been nominated to participate, or you just have questions about the program, please feel free to email Jennie S. Knight, or call 434-924-5381.


Bequeathed to the University of Virginia in 2001, Morven is a 2,913 acre estate just south of Charlottesville. Since 2009, the LAM program has had the honor of housing all of our programming in the Main House and the Meeting Barn. Learn more about Morven Farm.

Program Dates

Leadership in Academic Matters will be offered twice per year, once in the fall (September through December), and once in the spring (January through April).