Faculty Leadership Academy

Program Overview

This leadership development program is intended for tenured faculty 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. 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.  

Who Should Apply?

The program will enroll 20 tenured faculty. 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

The program will take place in spring  2021, 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 2021 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

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) and one session likely to be held at the UC Office of the President in Oakland.

Depending on public health conditions, we will adjust to fully virtual if needed




Session 1

WednesdayJanuary 13

9:00 AM - 5:00 pm

Session 2

Wednesday, January 20

9:00 AM - 5:00 pm

Session 3

Wednesday, January 27

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 4

Wednesday, February 10

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 5

Wednesday, February 24

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 6

Wednesday, March 10

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 7

Wednesday, March 17

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 8

Wednesday, April 7

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 9

Wednesday, April 21

9:15 am - 4:30 pm

Session 10

Wednesday, May 5

9:15 am - 4:30 pm


Wednesday, May 19

3:00 PM - 6:00 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.

2019 Program Participant Testimonials

Participants in the 2019 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."
  • “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.”
  • “The FLA's strengths are: 1) intensive training in specific, actionable, and useful leadership tools 2) developing a trusted network of highly skilled and dedicated faculty across the campus and 3) learning about the broader campus's leadership, facilities, and missions.”
  • “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.”