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Applicants sought for new staff leadership program

by Janene Zaccone, communications and marketing last modified Jul 05, 2013 09:47 AM

Great Places to Work and Human Resources are launching a nine-month staff leadership development program in September.

The Provost’s Staff Leadership Academy will give 24 participants a chance to learn about leadership and to develop leadership abilities through monthly sessions with experts in the field, a group capstone project and mentoring by senior university academic or administrative officers.

“The program is designed to augment other staff development initiatives offered through Human Resources and the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning,” said Sam Connally, vice president for human resources and co-chair of the Great Places to Work initiative.

The GPTW Professional Development/Job Satisfaction committee developed the program to help staff develop leadership qualities, support continuity within the university as senior staff leave and to help improve staff retention and morale.

Participation during the first year is free to staff and their units. The inaugural cohort will have a large role in solidifying program content and structure through its feedback.

Each applicant must submit a written statement of interest that outlines why she or he wants to participate, a current resume and a form that includes both a written recommendation from her or his current department chair or director and an endorsement by her or his vice president or dean.

Session topics include an introduction to leadership, traits and best practices of effective leaders, effective communication, conflict management, leading across academic cultures, leadership and change. Participants also will take an assessment to help identify their personal strengths.

A program description (opens as PDF) and overview (opens as PDF) are on the HR Items of Interest site.

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