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.
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
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
You will have an expanded network of colleagues and professionals in higher education.
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.
2019 – 2020 Session Dates
Session 1 - September 20-21, 2019, OKC
Communication and Cultural Climate
Each Academic Fellow will be required to read from Academic and Organizational Climate literature. Fellows will be required to identify ten unique aspects of their organization’s culture and speculate how each of these aspects influences morale, productivity, and production across the university. Fellows should compare the ten identified aspects against positive and negative traits suggested by literature and come prepared to discuss ways of enhancing and creating a more positive university culture.
Facilitator: Lynn Priddy, Ph.D., Provost and Chief Academic Office of National American University
Suggested Mentors: Directors of Human Resources, Chairs, Deans, Academic Affairs VP’s and Provost’s
Session 2 - November 1-2, 2019, Tulsa
New Programs and Continuous Improvement
The purpose of this project is to create a portfolio of proposed new academic programs for the Fellows VPAA and academic team to review. Each Academic Fellow would research, design, and complete all of the necessary university documentation for the creation of 1 to 2 new programs designed to attract new students, bring in new additional revenue and raise the academic standing of their university. Academic Fellows would learn all necessary academic processes for creating new programs of study and the preparation of attendant financial data as well. To complete this project, Fellows should investigate any available primary research data their institution may have on hand, gather secondary research sources, and research comparable programs of study at peer universities etc. Each Fellow will learn how to construct necessary financial
Facilitator: David Wendler, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Education and former Vice President for Academics, Martin Luther College
Suggested Mentors: VPAA, Provost, Academic team members, Chief Financial Officer
Session 3 – January 31-February 1, 2020, UCO, Edmond
Understanding the Basis of Accountability
Each Academic Fellow will become familiar with each of their university’s accreditation requirements as well as understanding the impact of Department of Education, Title IX. Fellows will be given an example assurance argument to critique.
Facilitator: Michael W. Westerfield, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at William Woods University
Suggested Mentors: Deans, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation Officers, Assessment Program Coordinators
Session 4 – March 27-28, 2020, OKC
Managerial and Organizational Skills Related to Strategic Planning and Budgeting
Academic Fellows should become familiar with available strategic plans at their university
Each Academic Fellow will be well grounded in an understanding of their university’s financial health. Each should be able to read and understand common financial statements, understand governmental CFI rankings, understand state funding formulas, and compute costs of selected programs within the university.
Facilitator: Lee Johnson, Ph.D., CPA, Senior Vice President for Business and Finance at Siena Heights University.
Suggested Mentors: Chief Financial Officers, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Recognized Budget Managers
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 2-4 page (single spaced) white paper based on the ALF Academy session assignments. The content of the white paper should center around any two or three of the ideas that have been discussed in the academy that caused you to reflect on how UCO might better improve its culture, planning, and programs. Specifically, your paper should explain how your selected concepts might directly benefit UCO, and provide university academic leaders with solid ideas and/or recommendations on how these concepts might be implemented. Presentations for any new programs should include a financial pro forma and an explanation as to how the new program relates to the stated UCO mission and strategic plan. Before your final presentations, all white papers will be reviewed by the Drs. Barthell, Simmons, or Steward and they will contact you with feedback. (Participants will receive three hours of reassigned time for 8-10 hours of work per week on
Final presentations of White Paper for the President’s Cabinet and the academic leadership team.
2-3 breakfasts per semester to update Provost, Assoc. AA VPs, and others.
Be recommended by the Dean and Department Chair/School Director.
Be a tenured faculty member at UCO.
Dean will submit recommendation (s) to Provost.
Provost will select 4-5 Academic Leadership Fellows for each class.
For more information contact:
Director, Educators' Leadership Academy
Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning (CETTL) at
100 N. University Drive, CTL 202, Campus Box 212; Edmond, OK 73034
Phone: (405) 974-5561 Fax: (405) 974-3922