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UC San Diego Faculty Leadership Academy

Congratulations to the 2019 Graduating Class of the Faculty Leadership Academy!


Professor Amy Adler (Visual Arts), Teaching Professor Christine Alvarado (Computer Science & Engineering), Professor Daniel Arovas (Physics), Professor Christine Chung (Radiology), Professor Elsa Cleland (Ecology, Behavior & Evolution), Professor Pamela Cosman (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Professor Scott Desposato (Political Science), Professor Shlomo Dubnov (Music), Professor Todd Gilmer (Family Medicine & Public Health), Professor Olivia Graeve (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering), Professor Michael Holst (Mathematics), Professor Ariel Lang (Psychiatry), Professor Jennifer Le (Pharmaceutical Sciences), Professor Bill Lin (Electrical & Computer Science), Professor Daisuke Miyao (Literature), Professor Jeremy Rich (Medicine), Professor Maike Sander (Pediatrics), Professor Veronica Shubayev (Anesthesiology), Professor Courtney Thornburg (Pediatrics), Professor Judith Varner (Cancer Center), Professor Elina Zúñiga (Molecular Biology)
From Past Participants:

"I learned how to negotiate with confidence."

"The Academy helped me to better understand the administrative strategies I observe on campus. To reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of my leadership style in multiple ways. Gave me specific negotiation, mentorship, and conflict resolution strategies."

"I had no idea of the complexity of labor & employee relations, so this was good to get an introduction to the subject."

2020 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 based on proven ability or demonstrated promise as academic leaders at UC San Diego.

In January 2020, the newly restructured program will commence with an Introduction to the Faculty Leadership Academy and exploring leader resources and approaches for working with students facing challenges.  Members of the leadership cohort will get to know one another and explore the Academy's goals and expectations.  In addition, campus leaders Chancellor Khosla and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Alysson Satterlund will be guest speakers for the day.  Each seminar will include a leadership development component focused on individual evolution and growth, as wel as, an invited leader from the University to share personal reflections from their leadership journey.

The application period for the 2020 Academy is now closed.  Seminars will begin in January 2020 and continue monthly through June 2020. 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 either meet or address personal, professional, and 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:  

UPDATE September 2020 - The 2020 Faculty Leadership Academy will continue through 2020 fall quarter.

  • January 31, 2020 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) - Introduction to the Faculty Leadership Academy, Leadership in a Learner-Centered Approach, Conversation with Chancellor Khosla
  • February 28, 2020 (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) - Skills in Educational Leadership & Humanizing the Academic Environment by Building Community
  • September 25, 2020 (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) - Addressing Faculty Bullying
  • October 2, 2020 (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) - HR Essentials, Part I - Working with Represented Employees
  • October 16, 2020 (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) - Budgets, Part I - Financial Leadership & UC San Diego Budget Overview
  • October 30, 2020 (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ) -  Leading for Excellence & Diversity
  • November 13, 2020 (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) - Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
  • November 20, 2020 (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) - Anti-Racism Themes
  • December 4, 2020 (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) - Budgets, Part II - Budgets at the Department/Unit Level & How to Read a Budget Expense Report
  • December 11, 2020 (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) - HR Essentials, Part II - Staff Performance & Disability Accommodations
  • December 18, 2020 (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.) - Final Reflections & Certificate Ceremony

For questions regarding the Academy, please contact Lynn Field-Karsh, (858) 822-4032 or  Information regarding the 2021 Academy will be posted here in November 2020.

Seminar Descriptions

January 31, 2020 - Introduction to FLA and Being a Learner-Centered Leader

Guest: Chancellor Khosla

During this kick-off session, FLA leaders will explore the arc of the overall leadership program and get to know one another through a goals and values assessment.

Path to Leadership:  Chancellor Khosla will be our guest during this session and will discuss his own path to leadership and qualities that he seeks in leaders.

Presenter:  Allyson Satterlund, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Leadership in Implementing a Learner-Centered Approach:  Leaders will learn about campus resources available to help faculty become more effective at supporting students, especially those facing challenges. The session will discuss the range of campus resources available to support students facing academic and social challenges. Campus leaders both need information to support students in time-sensitive and crisis situations, as well as overall strategies to create safety for students and faculty to seek the help they need. This engaging discussion will provide scenarios based on true UCSD experiences and participant interest to help make appropriate referrals and connections to campus resources.

February 28, 2020 - Fostering Educational Leadership:

Presenter:  Carolyn Sandoval, Associate Director, T+L Commons

Leaders from the Teaching and Learning Commons will engage participants in practical hands-on discussion of skills and tools to assist faculty to grow as educators. Faculty participants will learn about the resources provided by and strategies used by the T+LC and have an opportunity to learn from real-life situations.

Presenters:  Ellen Beck, Faculty Director, Faculty Leadership Development & Ms. Kim D'Abreu, Consultant

Humanizing the Academic Environment by Building Community

The session will focus on tools faculty leaders can use to humanize the academic community to lead with head, hand, and heart. Despite the axiom that “leaders are born, not made,” most people learn how     to lead through their own experiences and through mentoring, feedback, and personal reflection.  This session will discuss ways to bridge crucial interpersonal relationships through coaching, mentoring, and sponsorship.

September 25, 2020 - Addressing Faculty Bullying

Presenter:  Lynn Field-Karsh, Director, Academic Process Development & Training, Academic Personnel

Bullying by faculty and othere academics, while rare, can have lasting effects.  In this session we will explore definitions, case scenarios, policies, strategies for prevention and de-escalation, as well as introduce campus tools and resources.

October 2, 2020 - HR Essentials, Part I - Working with Represented Employees

Presenters:  Terri Winbush, Director, Labor Relations & Kirstin Beattie, Labor Relations Advocate, Labor Relations, Human Resources

This session will provide attendees with a high level overview of Labor Relations & Issues Managing Represented Academics & Other Employees, including terminology, contracts and case scenarios for an interactive discussion.

October 16, 2020 - Budgets, Part I - Financial Leadership & UC San Diego Budget Overview

Presenter:  Pierre Ouillet, Chief Financial Officer, UC San Diego

CFO Ouillet will present an overview of the UC San Diego budget and will provide an overview of strategic budget planning.

October 30, 2020 - Leading for Excellence & Diversity

Presenters:  Becky Petitt, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion & team

This session, led by VC-EDI Becky Petitt and members of her team, will include conversations on how faculty leaders can foster a diverse and inclusive environment for faculty at UC San Diego, where all can advance and succeed.

November 13, 2020 - Negotiation & Conflict Resolutionm

Presenters:  EVC Elizabeth Simmons & Ms. Kim D'Abreu, Consultant

This interactive session will review key components of a successful negotiation including preparation, information exchange, bargaining, and obtaining commitment. We will discuss emotional intelligence and keys to negotiation across behavioral styles –understanding risks, rewards and context. Through case studies proposed by faculty participants, this session will also discuss negotiation outcomes (bouncing back after a failed negotiation, understanding the range of outcomes, emotions, conflict, discrimination and what to do next).

November 20, 2020 - Anti-Racism Themes

Presenters:  Ellen Beck, Faculty Director, Faculty Leadership Development & Ms. Kim D'Abreu, Consultant

This session will explore anti-racism themes and related challenges for today's academic leaders.

December 4, 2020 - Budgets, Part II - Budgets at the Department/Unit Level & How to Read a Budget Expense Report

Presenters:  Steve Ross, Associate Vice Chancellor, Resource Administration & Adam DiProfio, Director, Fin/Budget, Resource Administration

This session will help faculty leaders understand the University budget at the department or unit level, budget strategies, and provide practical skills in financial reports. Faculty leaders also will get an introduction into development services and strategies.

December 11, 2020 -

Presenters: Terri Winbush, Director of Labor Relations & HR Team

An overview of the following topics, along with interactive case scenarios, will be covered:

  • Performance Management
  • Employee Relations/Problem Solving
  • Access Issues & the Interactive Process

 December 18, 2020 - Final Reflections & Certificate Ceremony

EVC Simmons will close-out the 2020 Faculty Leadership Academy with final thoughts on leadership and awarding of completion certificates.


 2018 Faculty Leadership Academy Graduates