Academic Leadership Institute

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  participants will receive a book, and reading materials.

 How to apply

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

2019-20 Academic Leadership Institute Application

Deadline: August 21, 2019

Questions or comments 

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

*2019-20 schedule is as follows:

September 21, 2019

October 19, 2019

November 16, 2019

December 14, 2019

January 18, 2020

February 15, 2020

March 21, 2020

April 18, 2020

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

*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 for the twelve openings, and the quality of your responses can make a difference. 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.

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