What is the Academic Leadership Institute?

The UAF Academic Leadership Institute is a unique and exciting, two-semester long professional development opportunity for a cohort of twelve university employees who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of current issues and changing landscape in higher education.

The Institute meets once a month on a Saturday morning from 9am-noon (see schedule below). Most meetings will include a dialogue with an invited speaker (such as the UA President, a UA Board of Regent representative, a community leader, or another key Alaskan leader), a question and answer session, and a case study discussion. Continental breakfast will be served. Required reading will be assigned for every session, and each of the twelve participants will receive a book, and reading materials.

2018-2019 Schedule

*2018-19 schedule is as follows:

September 22, 2018

October 27, 2018

November 17, 2018- CCR

December 8, 2018

January 19, 2019

February 23, 2019- CCR

March 23, 2019

April 27, 2019-University House

*Schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the Provost and the guest speaker's availability.

Who Should Consider Attending?

  • Relatively new administrators
  • Faculty or staff who are considering administration as a potential career path
  • Faculty or staff who are interested in the topic of leadership in an academic setting
  • Rural campus employees are encouraged to apply; rural participants will be connected via audio conference system

We typically receive about 40 applications per year and the quality of your responses can make a difference in the number of participants accepted. If you are selected as a participant and find that you are unable to commit to the assigned readings and full meeting schedule, please notify the Office of the Provost immediately so that the opportunity can be extended to another interested applicant.

The Office of the Provost will notify you of your acceptance and provide instructions regarding where and when to pick up your textbooks / reading materials. 


How To Apply:

Please submit your application by completing the form at the link below:

2019-20 Academic Leadership Institute Application will become available April 2019.

Deadline: August 29, 2018- CLOSED

Any questions or comments about this program should be directed to the Office of the Provost at uaf.provost@alaska.edu or by contacting 474-7096 or 474-6634.

2018-2019 Participants

Group 1

  • Javier Fochesatto, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences - Department Chair, College of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Kellie Johnson, Bethel 4H Program Aide, Cooperative Extension Service
  • David Mattox, Company Officer and Captain, University Fire Department- UAF Community Technical College and UAF School of Management
  • Amy May, Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts
  • Robyn Russell, Library Technician IV, UAF/Rasmuson Library

Group 2

  • Karina Gonzales-Smith, Faculty Services Coordinator, UAF eLearning & Distance Education
  • John Heaton, Associate Dean and Chair, College of Liberal Arts
  • Julie Matweyou, Associate Professor, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
  • Heidi Shepard, Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Involvement, Center for Student Engagement/ Wood Center
  • Victoria Smith, Director-Student Support Services, Division of General Studies

Group 3

  • Jessica Armstrong, Recruitment Coordinator, UAF eLearning & Distance Education
  • Gregory Bean, Captain, Fire Department
  • Jennifer Carroll, Assistant Professor, College of Rural and Community Development
  • Alexander Hirsch, Associate Professor and Honors Director, College of Liberal Arts/General Studies
  • Barbara Wadlinger, Educators Rising Program Manager, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, K-12 Educators Rising

 Group 4

  • Haiwei Chen, Associate Professor, School of Management
  • Julie Maier, Associate Professor, College of Rural & Community Development
  • Nicole Misarti, Associate Professor- Research, Institute of Northern Engineering
  • Rachel Plumlee, Associate General Counsel, General Counsel
  • Reija Shnoro, International Student Coordinator, Office of International Programs and Initiatives

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