The Office of the Provost is establishing a training ground for future academic leaders. Four full professors will become fellows in the Academic Leadership Academy for the spring 2013 semester.

They will have the opportunity to participate in the workings of the Office of the President, Provost, Vice President for Research and the Executive Vice President for Administration. They will be directly mentored by these administrators. The fellows will shape their experience by working with their mentors to develop agendas for their discussions. They will be expected to establish work plans for the projects they develop, and a review with written assessments will be conducted once per semester. The initial term of the Academy is two semesters and is renewable for two more semesters.

The fellows will participate in both short- and long-term strategic discussions at UNM. Additionally they will participate in senior level decision-making meetings including taking on assignments and special projects, study organizational structure and governance patterns, observe how decisions are made, who makes them and how leaders communicate their decisions.

The fellows will also be expected to identify and mentor future ALA Fellows, and nominate at least two individuals for the ALA by the end of the Fellowship. At the end of the assignment, they will produce a report documenting their experiences, observations and recommendations.

How to Become an Academic Leadership Academy (ALA) Fellow
A letter of nomination to the ALA Selection committee must accompany your application materials. Individual candidates may be nominated or may self-nominate.

Up to three letters of reference/support should be submitted, at least one of which must be from an academic administrator (dean level or above) from outside UNM.

Nominees should submit a current CV accompanied by a two-three page letter of interest including:

Confirmation of rank as a full professor including a summary of recent scholarly achievements.

Description of interest in a future leadership role within the academic community.

Discussion of a specific area of interest such as student success, enhancing faculty strength and program development, graduate education, research, global issues, financial challenges of higher education, etc.

ALA Fellows will be eligible for a Special Administrative Component (SAC) and/or a course buy-out, depending on individual circumstances. Travel funds to attend relevant national conferences will also be available. Fellows will be expected to respect the confidentiality of all information learned through the program.

Applications are due Oct. 31, 2012 and should be sent to:

UNM Office of the Provost
MSC05 3400, Scholes Hall, Room 240,
Attn: Academic Leadership Academy

Any questions may be directed to Provost Chief of Staff Melissa Vargas.