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UC San Diego Faculty Leadership Academy


Congratulations to the 2021 Graduating Class of the Faculty Leadership Academy!

Mohammad Kazim Ali (Literature), Eric Allen (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Katherine Barbeau (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Brookie Best (Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences/Pediatrics),  Stacey Bridges (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Thomas Bussey (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Yuan Chen (Surgery), Andrew Chisholm (Neurobiology), Ricardo Dominguez (Visual Arts), Victor Ferreira (Psychology), Guido Frank (Psychiatry), Adrian Ioana (Mathematics), Alicia Kim (Structural Engineering), David Kleinfeld (Physics), Kelly Lee (Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences), Melvin Leok (Mathematics), Thomas Levy (Anthropology), Dana Nelkin (Philosophy), James Nieh (Ecology, Behavior & Evolution), Lucila Ohno-Machado (Medicine), Todd Pawlicki (Radiation Medicine), Oleg Shpyrko (Physics), Wesley Thompson (Family Medicine & Public Health), Michael Trigilio (Visual Arts), Ross Valkanov (Rady School of Management), Lelli Van Den Einde (Structural Engineering), Elizabeth Winzeler (Pediatrics), Shelley Wright (Physics), Linda Zangwill (Ophthalmology), Yunde Zhao (Cell & Developmental 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."

2022 Faculty Leadership Academy 

Program Description:

The Faculty Leadership Academy is designed for senior faculty members considering future leadership positions. The program will offer participants 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 April 2022, the program will commence with an Introduction to the Faculty Leadership Academy and exploring leader resources.  Members of the leadership cohort will get to know one another and explore the FLA program goals and expectations.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues facing our campus with leaders including Chancellor Pradeep Khosla,  Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth Simmons, Chief Financial Officer Pierre Ouillet, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Becky Petitt, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Alysson Satterlund, and others.

The application period for the 2022 Academy is now open through Monday, February 7, 2022.  Seminars will begin in April 2022 and continue approximately twice monthly through late May 2022 and after a break for summer, resume again in October 2022 with completion in early December 2022.  All sessions will be held Friday mornings 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  If selected, participants must commit to attend all sessions.  The seminar dates and times for 2022 will be:

Friday, April 22, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday, April 29, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday, May 20, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Friday, October 14, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday, October 21, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday, October 28, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday, November 4, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday, December 2, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The seminars (to be held virtually) 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 and operations;
  • 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 

Application/Nomination Process:

Applicants may apply with dean and department chair or division chief endorsements, or may be nominated by deans or department chairs.  Participants will be selected through a competitive application process.  Applicants are to complete the online application and obtain the required endorsements.  If you wish to nominate someone for the FLA, please forward their name to Lynn Field-Karsh,  

 The application deadline in Monday, February 7, 2022.  Applicants will be notitfied in early March as to their selection to participate in the FLA.  For questions, please contact Lynn Field-Karsh at (858) 822-4032 or  To apply, please go to UCSD InfoReady.

Seminar Descriptions:

Introduction to FLA & Building Community

FLA leaders will explore the arc of the overall leadership program and get to know one another through a goals and values assessment.

Addressing Faculty Bullying

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 for leaders.

Anti-Racism Themes

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

Being a Learner-Centered Leader

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.

Financial Leadership & UC San Diego Budget Overview

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

Fireside Chat with Chancellor Khosla

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 campus leaders.

HR Essentials, Part I - Working with Represented Employees

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.

HR Essentials, Part II - Staff Performance Management & Disability Accommodations

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

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.

Leading for Excellence & Diversity

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.

Negotiation, Difficult Conversations, Conflict Resolution

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).

Skills in Educational Leadership

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.

Final Reflections & Certificate Ceremony

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

2018 Faculty Leadership Academy Graduates

2019 Faculty Leadership Academy Graduates

2020 Faculty Leadership Academy Graduates