HeadsUp is an association of Heads of Academic Units who collectively subscribe to a common philosophy of education, research, and a spirit of mutually beneficial cooperation and service at The University of Arizona.

In the fall of 1996, a new initiative called HeadsUp (Heads Engaged in Advancing Departmental Strategies through Unifying Paradigms) began to take form. The operational framework agreed upon then still guides the organization activities more than a decade later (see HeadsUp Steering Committee Operational Guidelines). 

The purpose of HeadsUp is to provide a forum for established and new Heads of Academic Units to do the following:

  • Share wisdom, experience, and ideas with the aim to solve problems
  • Strengthen leadership
  • Provide a vital voice to the administration
  • Promote effective communication
  • Build a sense of community at The University of Arizona

The Steering Committee oversees the HeadsNETWORK, which is comprised of four program areas:

  • HeadsUP: The purpose of HeadsUP is to represent and advocate for Heads at the University.
    • HeadsUP members include Heads; Affiliate members include Heads’ support staff, administrators with interest in the work of Heads, and persons interested in developing an administrative career.
  • HeadsMENTORING: The purpose of HeadsMENTORING is to create a culture of career support between Heads at different career stages.
  • NewHEADS:  The purpose of NewHEADS is to nurture and train Heads in the first of their headship.
  • HeadsED: (forthcoming)

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