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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 Tariq Rana, Pediatrics
Professor Tajana Rosing, CSE


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.

For January 2018, the inaugural program began 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 were offered monthly through May 2018 with sessions ranging in duration from 2-3 hours. An additional optional/make-up session was held in June 2018. The seminars were interactive and participants engaged with case studies using relevant current examples. All sessions were devised to develop key skills and to allow faculty to put learning into practice to enhance their ability to bring about positive change in order to meet organizational goals.

Participant goals:

  • to 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 ladder-rank faculty appointed as Professor, Step I and above
  • Full Teaching Professors (Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment) and above

2018 Schedule:

  • January 26, 2018 (full day) – From Ivory Tower to Glass House
  • February 8, 2018 - (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) - Negotiation
  • March 23, 2018 (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) – Building Norms & Collegiality
  • April 27, 2018 (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) – Coaching & Mentoring
  • May 18, 2018 (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) – Leading for Excellence & Diversity
  • June 5, 2018 (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) - HR Essentials for Academic Leaders

 Application/Nomination Process:

The application period for the 2017-18 Leadership Academy is now closed.  Please check this web site in fall 2018 for information on the 2018-19 Leadership Academy.

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