UC San Diego Faculty Leadership Academy

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 2018, the inaugural 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 May 2018 with sessions ranging in duration from 2-3 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 ladder-rank faculty appointed as Professor, Step I and above
  • Full Teaching Professors (Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment) and above

Seminar 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

All materials and meals will be provided.

If selected, participants must commit to attend all sessions.

Application/Nomination Process:

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

For questions, please contact Lynn Field-Karsh, (858) 822-4032 or lfield@ucsd.edu