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Faculty Leadership & Development

Matheus Grasselli
Deputy Provost

Welcome to the Faculty Leadership and Development Resource Hub

My name is Matheus Grasselli, McMaster’s Deputy Provost.

Below you will find workshops, events and other opportunities for faculty members at each stage of their academic life. The Office of Faculty Leadership and Development is situated within the Office of the Provost and supports, collaborates and partners with a wide range of departments and areas across campus.

Thank you for investing in your professional development and for pursuing academic excellence.

Upcoming Events

Programs and Activities

New Faculty Orientation (Teaching & Learning) Learn more about this Teaching & Learning event

The New Faculty Orientation is offered each August by the MacPherson Institute and the Office of the Provost. The half-day event includes a panel, roundtables and ends with lunch and a resource fair. Hear about university goals from senior administration and teaching experiences from faculty and staff.

New Faculty Workshop Series Review upcoming workshops and register

A series of eight workshops offered each month from September to April by the Office of the Provost. Workshops introduce McMaster’s various management and support structures and include guest speakers from across campus to present on critical topics for career success. Open to all new faculty (within the last 2 years).

Pan-University Workshop Series Visit our Faculty Events page to register

Offered by the Office of the Provost, workshops cover topics such as the fundamentals of the Career Progress/Merit (CP/M) scheme, guidance for filling out the Record of Activity form and an overview of the Tenure, Permanence and Promotion policy. Check out our Faculty Events page to register for these workshops and to see what other topics we have planned for the upcoming year.

Facilitated Peer Mentoring Program for new Chairs and Directors Email to register your interest in this program

This program offered by the Office of the Provost brings together new and established chairs and directors in a safe and supportive environment that allows participants to freely discuss emergent problems and challenges relevant to the role. Each faculty can nominate up to two new chairs/directors each year. Talk to your Dean if you are interested in participating.

Organizational Leaders Program - Coming Soon Email Faculty Leadership & Development

This nine-month cohort-based leadership program co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Human Resources Services is offered to Assistant Deans, Associate Deans, Directors of Administrations, and administrative leaders of students, research or administrative service. Talk to your Dean or PVP member if you interested in this nomination-based program.


MacPherson Institute Go To MacPherson

The Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation & Excellence in Teaching provides development opportunities, individual consultations, events, and resources.

McMaster Okanagan Office of Health and Well-being Learn More

Connecting our community, students, faculty and staff to health and well-being resources, programs, research and educational opportunities.

Other Programs and Resources

School of Graduate Studies Faculty Resources Forms & Policies

Forms, policies, guidelines and other information for graduate students, staff and faculty. From getting the supervisory relationship off to a good start to supervision guidelines and toolkits.

Essentials Program Build Expertise

Develop leadership skills, expertise in communication, productivity, teamwork, and innovation through McMaster Continuing Education’s Essentials workshops. Add microcredentials to your digital CV or social media sites.

Executive Management Program Leadership Development

These open-enrolment programs are for emerging leaders, mid-level management and senior executives. Earn a Certificate of Completion in Leadership Development from the DeGroote School of Business.

Faculty Resources

We also suggest you check with your own Faculty to see what they offer – the Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science all offer mentorship and leadership programs for new faculty.

The Faculty of Health Sciences offer a range of leadership programs for Health Science faculty, with some being open to all faculty 

Developed by Faculty of Social Science with support from MacPherson Institute.

This mentorship program for new assistant professors in the Faculty of Social Science supports and guides assistant professors to successful tenure and promotion and permanence, fosters collegiality and career development, and helps assistant professors navigate the McMaster system and resources. The program includes both senior- and peer-mentorship customized for a tenure-track or teaching-stream professor.

Email (Heather Carr – Manager, Faculty and Staff Relations) for more information about this program.

The McMaster Engineering Faculty Development Academy was established in 2014 to support the Faculty’s mission and strategic plan, Invest for Excellence, and to construct new and effective learning experiences for both its faculty and students. 

Learn more about the Faculty of Engineering Faculty Development Academy


Get access to teaching resources covering topics such as virtual teaching, as well as research workshops on NSERC Discovery Grants and research funding opportunities and much more. There are also presentations, events and tools to help you develop personally and professionally. 

Learn more about the Faculty of Engineering Fireball Academy


Offered by the Faculty of Science and developed and supported by the Office of the Provost and MacPherson Institute, this program for new teaching and tenure track faculty pairs new faculty with established faculty members and provides opportunities to participate in faculty development workshops and other events.    

Email (Dr. Maureen MacDonald – Dean, Faculty of Science) for more information about this program.


The Health Leadership Academy offers leadership programs for health leaders that focus on learning, and unlearning, the necessary skills to navigate and adapt to our ever-changing health environment.  

Learn how to adapt with the Health Leadership Academy

Offered by the McMaster Program for Faculty Development (MacPFD), the Academic Leadership Program (ALP) is an eight-month interprofessional cohort program that helps promote faculty development with academic leadership skills in an immersive and interactive format. Since 2012, the ALP has graduated 10 cohorts and over 190 participants. 

Email (Dr. Ruth Chen – Assistant Dean, Academic Resources & Department Education Coordinator, Faculty of Health Science) for more information about this program.


Offered by the McMaster Program for Faculty Development (MacPFD), the QUEST program is an inquiry-based program that focuses on bringing you customizable modules where you can learn new knowledge, skills, and attitudes and bring them to your work context. 

Learn more about this inquiry based program

Co-developed by the McMaster Program for Faculty Development & McMaster Department of Medicine, this program helps leaders who hold dual citizenship roles bridge their university world with the hospital/health system.

Open to leaders within and outside of Health Sciences. 

Learn how to bridge your dual citizenship role



Email Cara-Jane Dempsey if you have a question, or you would like to have your workshop or event listed here.