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 with current university leadership (deans, provost, chancellor, etc.).

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 five faculty and staff members each year for this program.

2023-2024 program schedule

September 8, 2023
Welcome session, 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 Program

The Department Executive Officers Program is a fall-semester leadership development opportunity for department chairs. It includes a mix of virtual and in-person meetings, including a three-day seminar at the Big Ten Conference Center in Illinois.  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

September 29, 2023
Welcome session, zoom

October 4, 2023
Critical friends, part 1, zoom

October 25, 2023
Critical friends, part 2, zoom

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

Nomination Process

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

Deans, vice chancellors, and vice provosts 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 with any questions.