Academic Leadership Fellows Academy, Class IX
Overview for Faculty


The mission of the Academic Leadership Fellows Academy is to identify, develop, and prepare the next generation of academic leaders by providing opportunities for professional growth and mentoring in a small and intimate setting facilitated by respected leaders in higher education from across the nation who will share their unique perspectives based upon years of professional experience. We are particularly excited this year to host Higher Learning Commission experts and accomplished practitioners, Lynn Priddy, Ph.D., Provost and Chief Academic Officer of National American University, Michael W. Westerfield, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at William Woods University, Deb Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Administrative and Community Support Services, Duke University, J. Lee Johnson, Ph.D., CPA, Senior Vice President for Business and Finance at Sienna Heights University, who will be facilitators. 


  • Help organizations build a strong academic leadership pool that is prepared to meet the responsibilities and challenges of academic leadership

  • Successfully navigate one’s unique cultural climate

  • Engage with academic affairs, accountability and continuous improvement

  • Teaching the managerial and organizational skills related to strategic planning and budgeting

  • Stimulating potential academic leaders to think critically about the future of the academy


  • Will be able to identify 10 key indicators of health in university organizational climate.

  • Will understand the university strategic planning process.

  • Will be able to understand key financial indicators of fiscal health.

  • Will understand the national accreditation standards and why they are important.

  • Will understand key concepts related to creating a culture of continuous improvement including: reviewing current programs, creating new programs and eliminating underperforming programs.

  • You will have an expanded network of colleagues and professionals in higher education.


  • Information Presentation

  • Facilitate Discussion of Questions (Given ahead of time)

  • Case Study for each session

Before each session Fellows will be given a reading list, a case study, and a short list of questions they should ask of their mentors. These should be completed before coming to the session. During the session, Fellows will have an opportunity to network with each other and share their solutions and answers to questions.


In many programs a mentor is someone who is assigned to you for the duration of the program. In this program you will be given a suggested list of academic leaders to contact to ask questions related to their work and/or the case study.

2017 – 2018 Session Dates

  • September 15-16, 2017,Tulsa, Communication and Cultural Climate, Lynn Priddy, Ph.D., Provost and Chief Academic Officer of National American University

  • November 3-4, 2017, OKC, Understanding the Basis of Accountability, Michael W. Westerfield, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at William Woods University

  • February 2-3, 2018, Edmond, New Programs and Continuous Improvement, David Wendler, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Education and former Vice President for Academics, Martin Luther College

  • April 13-14, 2018,Norman, Managerial and Organizational Skills Related to Strategic Planning and Budgeting

UCO Participant Responsibility

  • Each session is 1½ days, Friday nights and Saturdays so minimal, if any, classes are missed by faculty. Sessions begin at 6 p.m. the first night and end around 2:30 p.m. the following day. Attendance is mandatory for the successful completion of the Academic Leadership Fellows Academy. Absence from more than one full session (or the accumulation of partial sessions that equals one full session) will result in the participant to being withdrawn from the program.

  • Project assignment will culminate in a white paper based on the ALF Academy session assignments. (Participants will receive three hours of reassigned time for 8-10 hours of work per week on project).

  • Final presentations of White Paper for President, Provost, VPs, Deans and others.

  • 2-3 breakfasts per semester to update Provost, Assoc. AA VPs, and others.

Selection Criteria and Process

  • Be recommended by the Dean and Department Chair/School Director.

  • Be a tenured faculty member at UCO.

  • Fill out application form and submit to Department Chair/School Director by Friday, March 31st, 2017.

  • Dean will submit recommendation (s) to Provost by March 31st, 2017.

  • Provost will select 4-5 Academic Leadership Fellows for Class IX. The deans will be notified of selections by

    April 29th, 2017. 

UCO AA ELA ALFA Packet (Program Overview, Application, Events and Assignments)