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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 March 11, 2020 - The 2020 Faculty Leadership Academy is POSTPONED until Further Notice.  Please check back to this page for additional information as it becomes available.

  • 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
  • March 13, 2020 (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) - Leadership Skills in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Addressing Bullying - POSTPONED
  • April 24, 2020 (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) - Financial Leadership:  Budgets, Funding and Finances - POSTPONED
  • May 29, 2020 (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) - HR Essentials for Academic Leaders - POSTPONED
  • June 5, 2020 (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ) -  Leading for Excellence & Diversity & Certificate Ceremony
  • All materials and meals will be provided. - POSTPONED

If selected, participants must commit to attend all sessions. 

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

Seminar Descriptions

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

Guests: Chancellor Khosla and VC Satterlund

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.

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.  VC Satterlund will join us for this session.

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.

February 28, 2020 - Fostering Educational Leadership:

Guests:  Faculty Director of T+LC Wienhausen & Associate Director Sandoval

The leaders of 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.

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.

March 13, 2020 - Leadership in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Addressing Bullying - POSTPONED

Guest:  EVC Simmons

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). The subject of bullying will also be addressed.

April 24, 2020 - Financial Leadership: Budget, Finances, and Development - POSTPONED

Guests: CFO Ouillet and AVC Ross

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

May 29, 2020 - HR Essentials for Academic Leaders - POSTPONED

Director of Labor Relations Winbush & HR Team

  • Performance Management
  • Employee Relations/Problem Solving
  • Labor Relations & Issues Managing Represented Academics & Other Employees
  • Access Issues & the Interactive Process

 June 5, 2020 - Leading for Excellence & Diversity -POSTPONED

Guest: VC-EDI Petitt

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.

 2018 Faculty Leadership Academy Graduates