Big Ten Academic Alliance Programs

The Office of the Provost sponsors faculty and executive-level staff to participate in two Big Ten Academic Alliance professional development programs.

Academic Leadership Program

The Academic Leadership Program is an academic-year fellowship to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty and executive-level staff. The program typically includes three seminars hosted at different Big Ten institutions. In addition, the UW–Madison fellows meet biweekly on campus for lunch with current campus leadership (deans, provost, chancellor, etc.) or other professional development opportunities.

Eligible faculty typically have at least two years of leadership experience as a department or major committee chair, program director, assistant dean, or associate dean. Eligible staff typically serve in an institutional-level leadership role. We anticipate selecting up to six faculty and staff members each year for this program.

2023-2024 program schedule

September 2023
Welcome & Introductions, Zoom

October 12-14, 2023
Seminar 1, Northwestern University

December 1, 2023
Seminar 2, part 1, Zoom

January 19, 2024
Seminar 2, part 2, Zoom

February 9, 2024
Seminar 2, part 3, Zoom

April 11-13, 2024
Seminar 3, Ohio State University

Department Executive Officers Seminar

The Department Executive Officers Seminar is a three-day seminar to develop the leadership and and managerial skills of department chairs. In addition, UW–Madison attendees meet occasionally on campus for networking and professional development. We anticipate selecting four to six department chairs each year for this program.

2023-2024 program schedule

November 2-4, 2023, Big Ten Conference Center in Rosemont, Ill.

Nomination Process

Nominations for the 2023-2024 programs are being accepted until Friday, April 7, 2023.

Deans and vice chancellors are invited to nominate faculty and executive-level staff in their schools, colleges, or divisions. A person may be nominated for one program or both programs. If a person is nominated for both programs and their application is accepted, the selection committee will decide which program best matches their leadership experience. A person may not participate in both programs during the same academic year.

Nominations for both programs can be submitted via Qualtrics and are due Friday, April 7, 2023 at 5:00 pm. Nominees will be notified of their status by the end of April.

Please contact vpfsa@provost.wisc.edu with any questions.