74th Annual National Conference of Academic Deans

July 13 - 15, 2021

A Virtual Event Hosted by the University of Central Arkansas

This year's theme:

"Preparing for the Future:
What's Ahead for Academic Leadership"

After last year's hiatus due to the pandemic, NCAD returns with its first virtual conference. NCAD features outstanding speakers, panelists, and active dialogue on topics relevant to the work of all academic leaders.


  • Positive Academic Leadership: How to Stop Putting Out Fires and Start Making a Difference By: Jeffrey Buller
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High By: Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
  • The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences have Extraordinary Impact By: Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results By: Cy Wakeman
  • Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ By: Daniel Goleman
  • Change the Culture: Change the Game By: Roger Connors and
  • Celebrate Your Mistakes: And 77 Other Risk-Taking, Out-of-the-Box Ideas from Our Best Companies By: John Holt, Jr and Jon Stamell
  • The Leadership Secrets of Hamilton: 7 Steps to Revolutionary Leadership from Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers By: Gordon Leidner
  • Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life By: Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard
  • The Joy of Work: Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Colleagues By: Scott Adams
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead By: Brené Brown
  • Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization By: Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard By: Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis By: J.D. Vance
  • The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks By: Joshua Cooper Ramo
  • Second Suns: Two Trailblazing Doctors and Their Quest to Cure Blindness, OThe Hone Pair of Eyes at a Time By: David Oliver Relin, Geoffrey Tabin, and Paul Farmer
  • The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want  By:Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today's Workforce By: Chip Espinoza, Mick Ukleja, and Crain Rusch
  • The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results By: Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
  • Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life By: Tony Dungy
  • Tyranny of the Urgent By: Charles Hummel
  • Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations By: Thomas Friedman
  • The Top Ten Mistakes that Leaders Make By:Hans Finzel

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