Faculty Leadership Academy

Program Overview

The Faculty Leadership Academy development program is intended for tenured faculty who are interested in developing skills and knowledge for leadership on the Berkeley campus. Participants will be Associate Professors or Professors not yet advanced beyond the Step-VI threshold (at the time of application). 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 will be 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 will emphasize collaborative and results-oriented skills, and it will include opportunities to interact with a variety of senior leaders on campus.

Who Should Apply?

The inaugural program seeks to enroll 16 tenured faculty at the rank of Associate Professor (all steps) or Professor (below Step VI at time of application). We seek a group of diverse, 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.

Program Dates and Time Commitment

Please note that the application window for the 2019 Faculty Leadership Academy program has closed. Stay tuned for information on the following year's cycle.

The inaugural program will take place in spring 2019, and it will consist of 10 intensive sessions and a program graduation, totaling approximately 70 program hours. Approximately two to three 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 2019 commitments now to ensure that they apply only if they are available to attend all ten sessions and the graduation. Those who miss a session may be asked to excuse themselves from the remainder of the program.

Program Schedule

Sessions will be conducted at different locations on the UC Berkeley campus (to be announced), with one session likely to be held at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (shuttle from campus available). Please note below that the three full-day sessions have been scheduled before and after the teaching portion of the semester to reduce scheduling challenges, and the other seven sessions are six hours in length.




Session 1

Thursday, January 17, 2019

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Session 2

Friday, January 18, 2019

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Session 3

Thursday, January 31, 2019

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Session 4

Thursday, February 14, 2019

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Session 5

Thursday, February 28, 2019

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Session 6

Thursday, March 14, 2019

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Session 7

Thursday, April 04, 2019

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Session 8

Thursday, April 18, 2019

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Session 9

Thursday, May 02, 2019

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Session 10

Thursday, May 16, 2019

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Thursday, May 23, 2019

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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.