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Senior Administrative Fellows

This program allows selected faculty to explore administration for approximately four hours each month.

The University of Kansas Senior Administrative Fellows program is based on the philosophy from the American Council on Education (ACE) fellows, “Few institutions think systematically about the development of administrative leadership. Yet the skills and qualifications necessary for success as a professor are not the same as those required for success as a department chair, dean, or president.” KU has a wealth of talent within its faculty ranks. However, few faculty members have the luxury of taking an entire year off to participate in such excellent programs as the ACE Fellows.

KU is dedicated to the development of administrative leadership at all levels. The Senior Administrative Fellows program allows a small group of competitively selected tenured faculty to explore administration. Each year's cohort, selected from applications and nominations, works together for approximately four hours per month. Fellows learn more about KU and administrative roles, engage in self-reflection and assessment of their own leadership styles and preferences, and consider possible pathways of leadership in academia. Past participants have appreciated the opportunity to meet face-to-face with KU's leaders as well as time spent focusing on their personal leadership development.

A small group of faculty members is selected from applications and nominations each year as Senior Administrative Fellows. The Fellows work together for approximately four hours per month in exploration of the “nuts and bolts” of administration at KU. Fellows benefit from:

  • Time spent with administrators at KU exploring the nature of the work they do and the challenges they face;
  • Twice-monthly meetings designed to give a general overview of all the major units of the university including administrative units such as budget, human resources, general counsel, and governmental relations;
  • Discussions on such major issues as academic leadership, the future of higher education, and public policy;
  • Insight into administrative-level decision processes.

There is no stipend or release time offered nor is there a promise of an administrative position at the conclusion of the year.

Please apply by May 1, 2023.

Department chairs (or deans if the applicant is a department chair) are informed of the application and asked for an endorsement.

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection process in May.

To apply, please submit a current CV and a letter describing your interest using the link below