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Leadership Development Program: LADRS and LEAPS

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the next iteration of its leadership development program, which has two tracks: Leadership Acceleration and Development for Rising Stars (LADRS) and Leadership Enhancement and Peer Support (LEAPS). The year-long, cohort-based program is designed such that tracks will have individual programming and also group programming where participants come together for learning, networking, and fellowship.  Both tracks are open to all full-time faculty (tenure-track and non-tenure-track). 

Leadership Acceleration and Development for Rising Stars (LADRS)

LADRS is designed for faculty who are interested in exploring and developing their leadership capacities and learning more about academic leadership opportunities and appointments. The program is for faculty who show significant promise as future academic administrators, including those who already engage in leadership by, for example, serving as a director of an academic program, chairing a significant faculty committee, or managing a successful lab. This program provides a comprehensive approach to leadership development and includes discussion of various leadership roles, responsibilities, and challenges.

Program co-leaders

  • Heidi Goodrich-Blair (College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Jeff Pappas (College of Music)

Leadership Enhancement and Peer Support (LEAPS)

LEAPS is designed for experienced department heads, school directors, associate deans, and other faculty who are serving in primarily full-time positions as academic administrators, including those in colleges without departments. This program is for existing academic faculty leaders who have served in their roles for at least two to three years and who would like to engage in professional development and have a peer support network. This program provides a small leadership community to foster positive change for individuals and their units by assisting them in solving challenging leadership issues, and providing a venue for them to give and receive feedback from their peers. Participants will also have opportunities to refine their leadership and management skills through focused reading and discussion.

Program Leader

  • Michael Higdon (College of Law)
  • Catherine Luther (College of Communication and Information)

Program Dates for Academic Year 2023-2024

The program includes monthly meetings during the fall and spring semesters (about four per semester) that last approximately two hours and a full day retreat takes place the week before the start of the spring semester. Participants are notified of the program dates at the time of selection.

Application Information

Please click here to apply. Applications are due by Friday, May 3, 2024. Successful applicants will be notified the week of May 13th.