CSWE Program Director Academy

The CSWE Program Director Academy is a leadership certificate program for current baccalaureate and master’s program directors who have been in their positions less than 3 years focused on topics related to program management competency domains and job functions.

New and recent program directors are typically transitioning from faculty to administrative roles, often without prior training or experience in management and leadership inside or outside of the social work academy. In this transition, they must acquire and build management skills to attain the competencies needed for this core leadership position.

Participant Requirements and Program Details

The program is for current baccalaureate and master’s program directors who have been in their positions less than 3 years. CSWE individual membership is required at the time of application.

The program requires a 1-year commitment (July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017) and includes participation in the following:

  • A Summer Leadership Institute at CSWE in Alexandria, VA on July 22–23, 2016.
    • This face-to-face workshop with cohort participants is designed to build and strengthen administrative and leadership capacity with a focus on management competencies and leadership development for the director role.
    • National leaders will speak on the following topics:  strategic management, skills of supervision, communication, effective meetings, emotional intelligence, leadership self-assessment, and resource development as it relates to job function.
  • Two Leadership Development Institutes held at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting on November 3, 2016, in Atlanta, GA.
    • Strategic Managing and Mentoring of Adjunct Instructors
    • Managing the Social Work Curriculum and Accreditation 

Cohort participants will also be invited to and introduced at several APM events including the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work Reception, the CSWE President’s Reception, and the Leadership Networking Reception.

  • Online modules, webinars, and virtual networking opportunities through the CSWE Learning Academy in spring 2017. Participants will apply and integrate core concepts and competencies from the program to initiatives within their home institutions.
  • Optional mentorship opportunities with graduates from the Harvard Institutes of Higher Education and the Higher Education Resource Services scholarship programs. 

If you have questions about the CSWE Program Director Academy, please send an e-mail to LeadershipInstitute@cswe.org.

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