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.) and 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 four to five faculty and one staff member each year for this program.

2022-2023 program schedule

Sept. 9, 2022, 8-10 a.m.
Welcome & Introductions

Oct. 13-15, 2022
Seminar 1
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jan. 20, 2023
Seminar 2, part 1; includes debrief session week of Jan. 23, 2023

Feb. 24, 2023
Seminar 2, part 2; includes debrief session week of Feb. 27, 2023

March 30-April 1, 2023
Seminar 3
Pennsylvania 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. It typically meets in fall at the Big Ten Conference Center in Rosemont, Ill. 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.

2022-2023 program schedule

The seminar is Nov. 10-12, 2022.

Nomination Process

Nominations for the 2022-2023 programs are now closed. We anticipate accepting applications for the 2023-2024 programs in late March 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 were accepted via Qualtrics and were due Friday, April 8, 2022 at 5:00pm. Nominees were notified of their status by the end of April.

Please contact with any questions.