CLAS Leadership Fellows Program 2022-2023

Who Should Apply: Faculty (tenure system, clinical, and in-residence) who are at least at the rank of associate professor

Deadline:  Sept. 19, 2022

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Leadership Fellows Program is recruiting for its second cohort. The program is designed to provide mid-career faculty with exposure to academic administration to learn about operations, opportunities, and challenges, as well as more general aspects of leadership.

Emerging leaders within CLAS will gain information, receive mentoring, and work on effecting change in an area of priority for the College. Through this experience, they will ideally be able to reflect on their own characteristics and career goals to consider whether they might pursue an administrative or another type of leadership role.

The CLAS Dean’s Office will accept up to five fellows for the spring 2023 semester, with a possibility of continuing into the summer. Each fellow will work directly with an associate dean on one or more projects related to their portfolio. As the work in our office is highly collaborative, there will also be significant exposure to other associate deans and the dean. In addition, the CLAS Leadership Fellows, associate deans, and dean will meet as a group once per month to discuss topics related to academic leadership.

A time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week is required. CLAS will provide $7,500 to the fellow for the spring semester, which may be used for research, professional development, or with departmental approval, a course release.

Faculty (tenure system, clinical, and in-residence) who are at least at the rank of associate professor are eligible to apply.

Application Process

The following materials should be submitted to by Monday, Sept. 19, 2022.

  • CV
  • Application Letter (2 pages maximum) explaining your interest in the program, including goals for leadership development, and the area in the CLAS Strategic Plan that you would like to focus on (including the rationale for this selection). The four goals are:
    1. Climate, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    2. Innovative Scholarship
    3. Teaching, Learning, and Student Success
    4. Broader Impacts, Service, and Visibility
  • Potential areas of focus may include, but are not limited to:
    • Increasing the diversity of our graduate students
    • Increasing the diversity of our faculty
    • Supporting, mentoring, and retaining faculty across appointment types, career stages, and campuses
    • Developing strategies for innovative pedagogy and experiential learning
    • Facilitating research
    • Facilitating community engaged scholarship and teaching
  • Support letter (2 pages maximum) from your department head (or other unit leader if your primary appointment is not in a department)

Applications will be reviewed by the associate deans and dean. Interviews for a subset of applicants will then be scheduled, with a final selection made by mid-October.