Leadership Development Programs

Many opportunities, both on and off campus, are available to faculty to help develop their leaderships skills.

Academic Leadership Series

The Academic Leadership Series is designed for new and experienced executive officers who wish to engage in dialogue, share best practices, and discuss issues such as leadership, financial and strategic planning, and faculty development.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program

Led by the Committee on Executive Leadership, the BTAA offers an intensive Academic Leadership Program to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and academic promise. The annual program allows five high-potential faculty to take part in three interconnected seminars emphasizing a specific topic, such as human resources and leadership, budget and resource management, and the future of the research university.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officers Seminar

Each year approximately 65 department heads and chairs from Big Ten Academic Alliance universities come together for a unique leadership development seminar (Department Executive Officers (DEO) Seminar). Topics at this three-day event range from conflict resolution and time management to faculty development, performance reviews, and group problem solving.

Presidential Fellows Program

The Presidential Fellows Program is sponsored by the Office of the President of the University of Illinois System. This program is designed to stimulate and facilitate projects by faculty members from across the System to help realize institutional goals.

Provost Fellows Program

The Provost Fellows Program provides academic leadership experience in key campus administrative roles for distinguished faculty. Fellows participate in a range of mentoring and learning opportunities, collaborate with colleagues in the Provost’s and Chancellor’s Offices and in other academic and administrative offices across campus, and assume leadership roles on critical campus strategic initiatives and projects, designed in conjunction with fellows’ individual interests and longer-range career goals.

Senior Leadership Retreat

The Senior Leadership Retreat is designed to acquaint newly appointed executive officers with university policies and procedures. It also provides a forum in which executive officers can meet with colleagues, share experiences, and gain knowledge of pertinent on-campus resources.