Leadership Development Academy
About the Academy
One of the key roles of the Provost is identifying and developing campus leaders who are capable of guiding the University toward its identified goals. Whether campus leaders serve in administrative positions or lead from their positions as academic faculty and researchers, identifying and developing those individuals aids the University and ensures its future advancement. To that end and with the specific goals of (1) reducing our overreliance on associate professors for key administrative positions and (2) increasing the representation of women and minority faculty in various leadership positions, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has created the Leadership Development Academy, a proactive, inclusive, and engaged approach to the development of future campus leaders at UNLV.
Brief Description of the Academy
The Leadership Development Academy consists of two components: (1) a curriculum of approximately three to five seminars per semester related directly to prominent higher education issues and UNLV-specific challenges and (2) an administrative placement that involves direct contact with a senior administrator. It is expected that the academy fellow works on a specific project as part of that placement. Due to the intensive nature of the program, the number of academy fellows is generally limited to four to six per year. Academic and administrative faculty have at least one senior administrative placement. Academic faculty fellows are granted a one-course workload reassignment for each regular semester of the year-long academy. Administrative faculty fellows, due to their more restrictive schedules, have their placement scheduled on an individual basis and in accordance with a negotiated agreement between the provost’s office, the fellow, and the fellow’s supervisor. In all cases, the number and nature of placements and projects are tailored to individual fellows to the extent practicable. The Academy is a two-year experience (beginning in 2015), with much of the second year focused on completion of the fellow’s project.