Eleven professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been chosen to participate in leadership programs held by the Big Ten Academic Alliance.
Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program
Six faculty members have been chosen to participate in the Academic Leadership Program: Arnab Chakraborty, Department of Urban and Regional Planning; Jennifer Hardesty, Department of Human Development & Family Studies; Kevin Jackson, Department of Accountancy, Gies College of Business; Amit Kramer, School of Labor and Employment Relations; Eva Pomerantz, Department of Psychology and Sharon Reynolds, Office of the Provost.
The Academic Leadership Program aims to identify faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise and to prepare participants for future leadership roles through a program including seminars and individual campus activities. Participants in the Academic Leadership Program attend a series of three seminars through the year that are held at BTAA institutions on a rotational basis. In addition to the seminars, BTAA ALP fellows also participate in monthly meetings on the Illinois campus that will familiarize them with campus leaders, campus units and campus strategic goals.
Chancellor Robert Jones and Provost Andreas Cangellaris are both alumni of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program.
Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officer Program
Five faculty members have been chosen for the Department Executive Officer Program: Stephanie Craft, Department of Journalism; Nicki Engeseth, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition; Bo Li, Department of Statistics; Mathias Grosse-Perdekamp, Department of Physics and Uwe Rudolph, Department of Comparative Biosciences.
The Department Executive Officer Program is a two-day seminar for departmental executive officers across participating institutions to gather, network, and learn from experts about academic leadership at the departmental level.
In the past, the seminar agenda has featured sessions on faculty development and evaluation, resource allocation models, human resources issues and the personal and professional challenges faced by department heads.