February 6, 2019

Faculty, academic staff encouraged to apply for inaugural Academic Leadership Academy

As part of Wayne State’s ongoing commitment to the success and growth of its faculty and staff, the Office of the Provost has created the Academic Leadership Academy (ALA).

This one-year program is designed for full-time faculty and academic staff who have knowledge and experience working toward the mission of WSU. In their areas of expertise, they are prepared to build leadership capacity in either formal or informal roles.

Faculty and academic staff are encouraged to apply by March 25, 2019.

“The Academic Leadership Academy addresses a real need at WSU — to support a culture of leadership to advance the mission and goals of Wayne State while also investing in our talented faculty and academic staff,” said Keith Whitfield, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

In alignment with the university’s Strategic Plan, each of the selected ALA fellows will develop a leadership project to improve some facet of campus life. Fellows will also have an opportunity to build their leadership skills with a curriculum that includes:

  • A one-day leadership orientation retreat in August 2019
  • Monthly in-person seminars (September through May)
  • Monthly meetings with project sponsors and ALA coaches
  • Digital peer mentoring sessions
  • A one-day retreat in August 2020 featuring presentations of completed projects to peers, the incoming cohort of fellows and university leaders

Fellows will be invited to continue their leadership development after the yearlong program by participating in future ALA seminars and offerings

During the program, fellows will engage in a variety of assessments — including self-assessments as well as feedback from peers, facilitators, collaborators, mentors and others — to identify their areas of strength and potential challenges as leaders, improve their leadership skills, and enhance the likelihood of successful project completion.

“ALA fellows will join a community of leaders at Wayne State who value lifelong learning, reflective practice, collaboration, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We’re excited to see how fellows will apply their leadership to enhance Wayne State,” said Annmarie Cano, associate provost for faculty development and faculty success.

For additional information about the Academic Leadership Academy, view these frequently asked questions or contact Annmarie Cano at 313-577-0857 or acano@wayne.edu.

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