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UC San Diego Faculty Leadership Academy

Congratulations to the

2018 Graduating Class of the Faculty Leadership Academy!

Professor Wael Al-Delaimy, FMPH
Professor Lihini Aluwihare, SIO
Professor Benjamin Bergen, Cognitive Science
Professor Amy Binder, Sociology
Professor Joan Brown, Pharmacology
Professor Michael Burkart, Chem & Biochem
Professor Alison Coil, Physics
Professor Ahmed Elgamal, Structural Engineering
Professor Joseph Engelberg, Rady School of Management
Professor Lisa Eyler, Psychiatry
Associate Teaching Professor Melissa Famulari, Economics
Professor Robert Fitzgerald, Pathology
Professor Timothy Gentner, Psychology
Professor Kiran Kedlaya, Math
Professor Viswanathan "Vish" Krishnan, Rady School of Management
Professor Lisa Lampert-Weissig, Literature
Professor Stefan Llewellyn Smith, MAE
Professor Karen Messer, FMPH
Professor Natalia Molina, History
Professor Ramamohan Paturi, CSE
Professor Anita Raj, Medicine
Professor Tariq Rana, Pediatrics
Professor Tajana Rosing, CSE


2019 Faculty Leadership Academy 

Program Description:

The Faculty Leadership Academy is designed for senior faculty members considering future leadership positions. The program will offer a broad understanding of the University as a dynamic and inclusive institution, and will provide faculty with an opportunity to develop their knowledge of the diverse, complex, and changing landscape of higher education while exploring their individual role in that context. Participants are selected as part of a competitive process, based on proven ability or demonstrated promise as academic leaders at UC San Diego.

In January 2019, the program will commence with a full-day seminar, led by Professor Andrew J. Policano (UC Irvine) with content from his book, From Ivory Tower to Glass House. Seminars will continue monthly through June 2019 with sessions ranging in duration from 3 to 4 hours. The seminars will be interactive and participants will engage with case studies using relevant current examples. All sessions are devised to develop key skills and allow faculty to put learning into practice to enhance their ability to bring about positive change and meet organizational goals. 

 Participants will learn:

  • about the University, its organization, operations, and Strategic Plan;
  • to effect and manage change;
  • to build collaborative, collegial relationships within and outside of the University;
  • to distinguish the skills and attributes of effective academic leaders, as well as the challenges and rewards of becoming an academic leader;
  • to consider current and future challenges and opportunities in higher education;
  • to understand the benefits and imperatives of diversity, self-awareness, and ethical leadership.


  • Full-time Senate faculty (Professor, Professor in Residence, Professor of Clinical X) appointed at Step I and above
  • Full Teaching Professors (Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment) and above

Seminar Schedule:

  • January 25, 2019 (full day) – From Ivory Tower to Glass House 
  • February 22, 2019 - (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) - Negotiation
  • March 22, 2019 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) – Building Norms & Collegiality 
  • April 26, 2019 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) – Coaching & Mentoring 
  • May 24, 2019 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) – Leading for Excellence & Diversity 
  • June 7, 2019 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) – HR Essentials for Academic Leaders

All materials and meals will be provided.

If selected, participants must commit to attend all sessions. 

Application/Nomination Process:

The application period for the 2019 Academy has now closed.  Please check here in Summer 2019 for information on the 2020 Faculty Leadership Academy.

For questions regarding the Academy, please contact Lynn Field-Karsh, (858) 822-4032 or