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Faculty Leadership Academy

The University of Oklahoma’s Faculty Leadership Academy

August 2017

Norman, Okla.—The University of Oklahoma selected 31 early-career participants for the Fall 2017 class of the Norman campus Faculty Leadership Academy.  The Academy takes place from August 2017 to December 2017 in a series of sessions held one Saturday each month. The goal of the Academy is to invest in faculty by helping them identify, enhance, create and continually utilize leadership capabilities that can be applied in many contexts.

“The Academy is unlike many traditional executive leadership programs as it is not geared to prepare faculty to move into specific leadership positions.  Rather, it seeks to instill the much deeper notion of true leadership.  The Academy does not end with the completion of the semester-long experience, but in fact begins with it,” says OU Vice President for Research Kelvin Droegemeier.

Each session will be highly interactive, with the fellows working in groups, each with a mentor, as a means of developing mutual support during and following the program of study.  Academy fellows will build close working relationships that will aid them in applying leadership concepts in their daily work.  The participants, tenure-track and renewable-term junior faculty, were selected through an application process and represent disciplines and colleges from the OU Norman and OU-Tulsa campuses. 

The Academy is guided by the following principles: (1) increase the ability of faculty to take bolder, more creative steps in scholarly programs, moving into endeavors that challenge them and their students in new and exciting ways and lead to important and transformative impacts on their discipline; (2) increase the ability of faculty to pursue and be successful when executing multi- or inter-disciplinary, large group, center-scale and multi-institutional scholarly activities; (3) prepare faculty for meeting unknown challenges and coping with unpredictable change, developing solutions when none exist; and (4) infuse leadership into instruction, advising, student experience and help create the next-generation of faculty and student leaders.

2015-2016 FLA Fellows

Call for Participation

The Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Oklahoma Norman campus (including Norman campus programs at OU-Tulsa), invites applications for the Fall 2017 class of the Faculty Leadership Academy (FLA). More information about the Academy, as well as the Application Form and Selection Procedures, may be found at Application Process and Forms.

The FLA represents an important institutional investment in faculty by helping them identify, enhance, create, and continually utilize leadership capabilities that can be applied in many contexts. The FLA will run from August through December 2017 in a series of 5 sessions, held one Saturday per month for five hours per session. The Fall 2017 Class of Fellows will be focused on the development of leadership among early career faculty (untenured tenure-track faculty, ranked renewable term faculty at the assistant professor rank, and research assistant professors), and 25 participants will be selected for the Fall 2017 class of FLA Fellows by the Vice President for Research and Senior Vice President and Provost. All materials, as well as food and refreshments, will be provided.

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Tulsa Learning Center

Purpose & Structure
of the FLA

Unlike many traditional executive leadership programs, the FLA is not geared toward preparing faculty to move into specific leadership positions (e.g., chair, dean, provost), though such preparation will be a natural outcome of the Academy. Rather, the FLA seeks to inculcate in its participants the much deeper notions of true leadership, thereby facilitating their application in a wide variety of contexts. Additionally, by housing the FLA on campus rather than outsourcing it to other organizations, the University will continually and visibly reinforce leadership within its faculty through their daily activities.

Each FLA session will be highly interactive, with the 25 Fellows working in five groups of five Fellows and one mentor as a means of developing mutual support during and following the program of study. Fellows will prepare in advance of each session by reading materials and completing assessments provided, and during each session, the facilitator will use a variety of techniques to foster learning and leadership application, including but not limited to personal examples from participants, role playing, current events, and individual as well as team-oriented problem solving.