Provost’s Leadership Academy


What is the Provost’s Leadership Academy?

This program is geared towards faculty at UCI who show promise as future leaders in positions including department chair, research center director, associate deans, deans, and vice provosts. Academia is in the midst of significant change with respect to funding, accountability and perceived relevance. One motivation for the PLA is to help educate future leaders who are knowledgeable about the changing external environment and are equipped to meet the challenges.

Co-developed with Professor Andrew Policano, former dean of the Merage School of Business, the program will provide participants with an introduction to strategies for leadership in the academies and activities to develop skills for successfully leading an academic unit. The full program for the workshop includes six additional lunch meetings, each of which focuses on a different critical issue.

What can participants expect?

The structure of the workshop is based primarily on Professor Andrew J. Policano’s book, From Ivory Tower to Glass House and is intended to advise faculty members who are contemplating an academic leadership role.  

To expand their knowledge of the university and its challenges, each participant will also work in smaller subgroups on a topic of campus wide interest that involves the practice of leadership. Discussions will include the importance of building a strong cross campus cohort and the topics that will be the focus of work by the subgroups over the course of 6 sessions. 

What is the commitment?

The program will be comprised of a one-day workshop led by Professor Policano, followed by six 2 hour sessions, one/month between December and May. Monthly sessions will include activities by leadership development professionals as well as time for subgroups to coordinate work on one of several campus projects. Each group will provide a set of recommendations to the Provost in May.

November 18, 2016        Full-day workshop
6 Monthly Sessions (Approximate Times)
December 9, 2016 11:30am – 2:30pm
January 13, 2017 12pm – 2pm
February 10, 2017 12pm – 2pm
March 10, 2017 12pm – 2pm
April 14, 2017 12pm – 2pm
May 19, 2017 11:30am – 2:30pm

Who pays for the program?

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor covers all expenses for the program. 

Who can participate in the program?

Faculty participants are selected from a pool of nominations from deans and school equity advisors.  Criteria for nomination are faculty who have leadership potential, are positive role models and have demonstrated or supported an activity to advance inclusive excellence at UCI.


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