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UNLV Leadership Experience

A program to empower everyday leaders


The UNLV Leadership Experience is a program designed to help emerging leaders expand their knowledge and skills while providing a glimpse into university administration. It educates participants about the complex operations of a large research institution and introduces them to various leadership roles. The program also invites diverse ideas and promotes inclusion at the highest levels of the university.

To create the broadest possible internal talent pool of future leaders, even those with limited or no past leadership experience are welcome to apply.

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  • Grow a larger and more diverse pool of prospective campus leaders
  • Provide emerging university leaders with structured opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills
  • Promote core institutional values
  • Increase faculty and staff participation in shared governance

“Authentic leadership is demonstrated by individuals across the university, regardless of role or title, by the confidence, respect, and trust they earn from others. We are committed to a model of servant leadership that emphasizes building inclusive teams and empowering everyday leaders.”

Chris L. Heavey, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Provost

Program Details


The UNLV Leadership Experience includes a formal curriculum of leadership preparation seminars along with mentorship from a senior university administrator.

Participants are matched with mentors based on their professional background and interests identified in their application materials. The participant and mentor will work together to establish goals and expectations for their work together, including particular topics of interest or projects to be completed during the program.


The seminars cover prominent topics in higher education and leadership development, such as:

  • Diversity and social justice
  • Shared governance
  • Higher education after COVID-19
  • Communications
  • Cultural humility
  • Emotional intelligence

2022-2023 UNLV Leadership Experience Seminars


The UNLV Leadership Experience begins in August and concludes in May, running concurrent with the academic year.

Time Commitment

Participants are expected to attend all program events and meetings. Additional time may be required for work on a special project. The expected time commitment is four to eight hours per month.

Meet the Participants

Click on the names below to learn more about the 2022-2023 cohort of UNLV Leadership Experience participants.

Meet the Mentors

Click on the names below to learn more about the mentors for the 2022-2023 cohort of the UNLV Leadership Experience.

Application Process

When to Apply

Applications for the Leadership Experience are accepted every spring for the following academic year. When the application period is open, announcements will be made on this webpage and through other campus communication channels.

Who Can Apply

Full-time academic faculty, administrative faculty, and classified staff are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in and potential for advancing in university leadership positions.

The ability of a department or unit to maintain operations with the loss of a portion of an applicant’s time will be considered. Thus, individuals must consult with and receive approval from their supervisor prior to application.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following (combined into a single PDF file, in the order specified below):

  • Cover sheet with full name, job title, department/unit, college/division, email address, and phone number
  • Statement of interest (two page maximum)
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Letter of support from supervisor (one page maximum)
  • Letter of reference (one page maximum)

Complete applications must be submitted online by the published deadline. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.. 

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of designees from the Offices of the Executive Vice President and Provost and Human Resources, as well as other senior administrators. Applicants will be notified of the decision via email by mid- May.