Application Is Open for 2020 Strategic Communications Academy for UF Leaders and Scholars

UF’s College of Journalism and Communications and UF Training & Organizational Development are pleased to offer a unique professional development program for faculty and staff ready to take their communication and leadership skills to the next level.

Participants will be selected via a competitive application process. The deadline to submit an application for the 2020 program is January 22, 2020.

Please see the Strategic Communications Academy Application webpage to apply.

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Designed for UF employees working to advance positive change in academic or professional areas of interest, this program will help participants achieve the following goals:

  • Build and manage relationships with the individuals and organizations crucial to helping them achieve their goals.
  • Hone storytelling skills to inspire support for a department’s mission and vision.
  • Create a strategic communications framework.
  • Develop thought leadership in their fields of study.
  • Use design thinking and systems thinking to create meaningful calls to action.
  • Communicate inclusively to build connections with diverse audiences.
  • Write with confidence, clarity, and charisma.
  • Create memorable and compelling TED-style presentations.
  • Facilitate high-stakes meetings with “influentials” such as high-level administrators, policy makers, and funders.
  • Interact with the news media to build credibility and call people to action.
  • Think quickly in challenging communication scenarios.
  • Leverage social media to develop a meaningful digital network.