Program Overview

This leadership development program is intended for tenured faculty (ladder-rank and teaching professors) who are interested in developing skills and knowledge for leadership on the Berkeley campus. To be considered, applicants must be tenured at the time of application (tenured equivalent for teaching professors) . All else equal, preference will be given to Associate Professors or Professors not yet advanced across the Step-VI threshold. Program goals for participants include:

  • Enhancing leadership abilities and understanding, particularly in the realms of self-awareness, communication, and analytical insight into complex situations and systems;

  • Deepening connections to colleagues from across the campus and developing a network of emerging leaders on campus;

  • Greater confidence to initiate multidisciplinary projects, serve in administrative leadership roles, or take on other academic leadership roles at UC Berkeley; and

  • Increasing knowledge of UC Berkeley’s operations and how to navigate its many resources and opportunities.

The program is based on the conviction that individuals are well-positioned to create systemic and cultural change when they are provided with a broad array of tools, methodologies, and experiences. The program emphasizes collaborative and results-oriented skills, and includes opportunities to interact with a variety of senior leaders on campus.  

Refer to this program description and impact analysis for a deeper look. 

Who Should Apply?

The program will enroll 20 tenured faculty (tenured equivalent for teaching professors) . We seek a diverse group of self-motivated individuals committed to effective leadership through active involvement. They must be prepared to participate in a five-month program.

Previous administrative leadership experience is not a prerequisite for participation. Please read the Program Information - Spring 2024brochure for more information on the process.

Program Dates and Time Commitment

The program will take place in spring 2024, and it will consist of 10 intensive sessions and a program graduation, totaling approximately 75 program hours. Approximately two to four additional hours of time between each session will be necessary for inter-session assignments and group project work.

The success of the Faculty Leadership Academy depends upon each participant’s commitment to the program’s entire schedule, and therefore 100% participation is required. The program emphasizes team engagement as a fundamental component of leadership development. Individuals should review their spring 2024 commitments now to ensure that they apply only if they are available to attend all ten sessions and the program graduation. Those who miss a session may be asked to excuse themselves from the remainder of the program.

Program Schedule for 2024 Cohort

Sessions will be conducted in person at different locations on the UC Berkeley campus (to be announced), with one session likely to be held at the UC Office of the President in Oakland.


2024 Date


Session 1

Tuesday, January 9

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Session 2

WednesdayJanuary 10

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Session 3

Wednesday, January 24

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 4

Wednesday, February 7

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 5

WednesdayFebruary 21

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 6

Thursday, March 6

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 7

Wednesday, March 20

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 8

Wednesday, April 3

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 9

Wednesday, April 17

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 10

Wednesday, May 1

9:15 am - 4:30 pm


Wednesday, May 8

3:00 pm- 6:00 pm

NOTE: On the alternate Wednesday starting after lesson 3 (February 14, February 28, March 13, March 27, April 10, April 24, May 8) participants should hold 10 am to 12 pm on their calendars for meetings to work on assignments and the group project.

Application Information and Deadlines

Detailed information about the application and letter of support process will be available on the program website. A Cal Message will also be sent to faculty with information about the program and the application process. 


Interested candidates must apply directly to the program no later than Friday, March 10, 2023, 5:00 pm (no late or incomplete applications will be considered). Please review these application instructions and follow the links to the application.

Letter of Support

As part of the application process, candidates must receive a letter of support from an individual who can speak to the candidate’s leadership potential. The letter must be received no later than Friday, March 3, 2023, 5:00 pm.

Selection Process

Participants will be carefully evaluated and selected by members of the Faculty Advisory Board and Program Sponsors based on their capacity to demonstrate two or more of the following characteristics:

  • Strong personal initiative and motivation                 

  • Ability to work well within a diverse group

  • Desire to contribute significantly to the UC Berkeley community as a future leader

  • Interest in exploring collaboration opportunities for large, multidisciplinary projects

  • Evidence of leadership potential or experience

  • Ability to bring out the best in those around them

We will strive to select a diverse group of faculty in terms of departments, academic disciplines, demographic characteristics, and levels of leadership experience.

Applicants will be notified by Tuesday, April 18, 2023 regarding their candidacy.

Questions should be directed to the program team at

Service Credit for Participation

Participation in the Faculty Leadership Academy will be considered as campus service and should be noted as such in future personnel cases.

Program Participant Testimonials from the FLA Alumni

Participants in the Faculty Leadership Academy offered the following reflections on the program:

  • “My sense of loyalty and investment in the university has increased meaningfully, as well as my sense of connection and purpose to a ‘collective’ at Berkeley. I feel a great sense of appreciation for this experience. It is by far the best ‘campus’ experience I have ever had. It has been transformative in terms of my sense of purpose and leadership at this institution."
  • "Thank you for everything. Looking back on the semester, I see FLA as a highlight of my year. It was a major commitment but it certainly elevated my understanding of what I can achieve at Berkeley. That I learned so much during this incredibly challenging year is a testament to the strengths of the program." 
  • “During our feedback exercise, I heard some surprising things about myself that made me reflect on how I appear to others. I am more mindful now about this.”
  • "I've become much more thoughtful about what good leadership is, and how to recognize it. I'm used to charismatic or technocratic leadership, and this type of meta-leadership style is new to me. It'll take time to process but I think I'm already a better colleague because of this."
  • “I've become much more cognizant of the importance of listening, conveying a concise message, and "reading the room" to assess the dynamics of a group.”
  • "I have become far more self-aware about how I exercise leadership. I am more confident about the leadership skills I have. I rethought the relationship between process and outcomes. I am more efficient at running meetings. The DEIB lens is front and center in my decision making as a leader."
  • “Connecting faculty from a wide range of disciplines was fantastic, and an opportunity many of us don't usually have. This helped me see very distinctive approaches to problem solving, perspectives.”