Faculty Development

University of Kentucky Faculty Leadership Development Programs

Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program - SEC-ALDP - 

Four fellows are selected annually at UK to participate in the SEC ALDP, which prepares current and potential university leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century in higher education.  Fellows attend two workshops at SEC institutions and participate in leadership conversations with UK's leaders.  On-campus activities at UK are led by OFA leadership and involve small-group meetings with approximately 15 campus leaders (including the President, Provost, and a number of VPs and Associate Provosts), as well as leaders from CPE and/or the KCTCS, based upon preferences of each year's cohort members.

Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium Academic Leadership Academy - BHEC ALA

A collaboration among the 12 regional colleges and universities, the ALA encourages faculty to consider leadership career paths and to provide guidance in developing the skill set necessary for effective institutional leadership.  Approximately four to eight fellows are selected annually to participate in the Bluegrass Academic Leadership Academy Education Day and to complete an institutional project.

Chairs' Academy I - 

The mission of the Chairs' Academy I is to encourage faculty to consider leadership career paths, to provide guidance for new and prospective chairs and academic directors in developing the skills that are requisite for effective institutional leadership.  The semester-long academy features seven workshop sessions and includes 20-25 participants.  Topics include Faculty Leadership (panel of experienced chairs), Dealing with Stressed and Distressing Students, Mentoring Early-Career Faculty, Center for Learning & Teaching, and HR policies regarding Supervision of Staff, Managing Conflict and Difficult People, and Financial Matters.

Chairs' Academy I (compressed)

A one-day version of the Chairs' Academy I is offered in the off-semester for those chairs recently hired or to serve prospective leaders who were not able to join the Fall offering of the semester-long Chairs' Academy I.

Chairs' Academy II

This Academy is a follow-on to Chairs' Academy I.  The first pilot tested in Spring 2018, Chairs' Academy II evolves to reflect input from previous offerings, but the next Academy will include six sessions:  Developing a Vision for Your Department/School, Diversity and Inclusion - Recruitment and Retention, How to Maintain your Research as a Department Chair, Working with your Dean and Becoming a Spokesperson and Advocate for your Faculty, Work/Life Management Workshop, and Better Managing Faculty Performance.

Women's Executive Leadership Development Program - WELD

The WELD Program seeks to develop a new generation of leaders in higher education who can successfully contribute to the future of the university.  In addition to the two 2-day retreats, the 8-month program includes monthly full-day sessions in addition to project work.  Approximately 24 faculty and staff participate in programming annually (typically 2/3 faculty and 1/3 management-level staff).

Deans' On-Boarding Program

Again offered through the Office for Faculty Advancement, this 5.5-hr program is offered to new deans (and other high-level faculty administrators) hired within the past 12 months (typically 2-4 per year).  Topics include Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity, Office for Institutional Diversity, Office of Legal Counsel, Financial Matters, Faculty Governance, Faculty Workload, Performance Reviews & Promotions, and Q&A and Lunch with experienced deans.  Approximately 10 speakers from across campus participate in this program.  This year, upon request, a 1.5-hr additional session was planned later in the term to address Provost Budget Offices Procedures and Policies.

Preparing and Managing  a Budget

Introduced in Fall 2019, this workshop is meant for chairs and directors.  Its aim is to learn more about the Provost Budget Office and how it serves the Provost's area.  The workshop also provides guidance regarding college and departmental budgeting processes, HR/personnel policies, and the annual operating budget cycle.  

HR Faculty Supervisory Series

Recognizing that faculty often have limited training opportunities to develop supervisory skills, the Office for Faculty Advancement has worked with UKHR to plan and execute a year-long four-part Faculty Supervisory Series.  Each session is approximately 1.5 hrs. in length and covers the following:  Positive Coaching and Corrective Action, Fostering an Effective Team Environment, HR Policy Review, and EQ 2.0 (Emotional Intelligence).

University SuperVision Program

University SuperVision courses are required for both Campus and UK Healthcare supervisors in the staff category of employment; however, UK faculty are eligible and encouraged to participate.  Courses most appropriate for faculty supervisors include:  Corrective Action and Coaching, Creating Effective Teams, Fundamentals of Diversity, Hiring and Interviewing, HR Policies and Procedures, Performance Evaluation, and Preventing Discrimination and Harassment.  For more information about University SuperVision, please contact Donna Vanover (859) 257-5996 or Tommy Leach (859) 257-9624.

University Leadership Forum

Co-sponsored by UK Human Resources and the Office for Faculty Advancement, the past two Forums have had the following themes:  "Inclusive Leadership" and "Leading Across Generations."  The Spring 2019 Forum had two key-note addresses:  Ann Carver, CIO, Coca-Cola, who spoke on "Change Management:  Technology Innovations and Disruptions."  Dr. Tara Swart, neuroscientist and leadership coach, spoke on "Neuroscience for Leadership:  Understanding Influence and Persuasion."  These forums were attended by both UK faculty and staff.

Women's Leadership Series

A joint undertaking between the Office for Faculty Advancement and UK Human Resources, this is a conversation between successful women campus leaders and UK faculty and staff.  Usually, at a breakfast meeting at approximately 3-month intervals, experiences are shared concerning:  leadership journey to date, lessons learned along the way, barriers faced, and wisdom to impart to aspiring women leaders.  The program is also offered via Zoom.

Unconscious Bias Initiative Training for Faculty

Unconscious bias training sessions are offered regularly for all faculty, and this training is linked to the annual early-fall New Faculty Orientation, which is executed by the Office for Faculty Advancement (OFA).  Furthermore, Unconscious Bias Training for Search Committee Members is required for at least all chairs of faculty search committees.  Progress is being made to ensure that all faculty search committee members receive this leadership training.  This initiative is under the auspices of the UK Office of Institutional Diversity, in partnership with UKHR and OFA.  For more information on the Unconscious Bias Initiative, please visit its website here.

American Council on Education (outside UK)

The American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program offers a customized learning experience that includes three multi-day seminars, a team-based project, and immersion at another higher education institution.  UK typically nominates 1-2 fellows annually to participate in this prestigious leadership development program.

Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (outside UK)

Open to women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health, and pharmacy, ELAM is a year-long fellowship dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex health care environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions.  UK nominates 1-2 faculty to this competitive fellowship annually.


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