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Leadership Development Program

Cohort 2015
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Leadership Development Program


Program Benefits

The university's current and emerging leaders define the direction and values of their department and school. In turn, these leaders shape how our university discovers, disseminates, preserves, and applies knowledge. The University of Missouri System Leadership Development Program (LDP) affirms the vital role of faculty leaders and enhances effective leadership to create the conditions for high performance, high commitment, and cultural competence in the academic setting.

Through the program, members are able to come together to further development and growth as leaders, while expanding and enriching professional networks on personal and institutional levels. Upon completion of the program, LDP members will have gained practical skills to:

  • Offer guidance and support to the faculty you manage
  • Strategically plan for the future of an academic school or department
  • Work with a network of peers to tackle leadership concerns
  • Build commitment among department colleagues toward academic excellence and the UM mission



Those selected to participate in the LDP will join a network of faculty dedicated to quality leadership and advancing academic excellence. Each cohort follows a similar curriculum:

For the 2015 Cohort
Kickoff meetings
  • What is the LDP?
  • What is a leader?
  • How does leadership differ in an academic setting?
July 2015 TBD
4 meetings, one each in Columbia, KC, Rolla, and St. Louis
Fall retreat
  • What are the different kinds of leadership styles? What are your leadership characteristics? Learn through self-assessments and 360-degree assessments.
  • How can you evaluate and improve your own leadership skills, as well as the skills of faculty and staff you manage?
  • What critical leadership challenges do you wish to collaborate on with your colleagues?
  • Alumni session - During the afternoon of the second day, past cohorts are invited to join the current cohort for an alumni session and networking opportunities
  • Reception - Provosts, deans, and other academic leaders are invited to show their support for the current cohort. A senior leader provides remarks, certificates are presented to the exiting cohort, and attendees have an opportunity to network.
September 21-23, 2015 TBD
Columbia, MO
Topics TBD TDB
by cohort
Columbia, MO
Topics TBD TDB
by cohort
Columbia, MO
Topics TBD TDB
by cohort
Columbia, MO
Ongoing campus meetings The cohort in each region is encouraged to meet locally once per month between full-cohort meetings to discuss common concerns and campus issues, and to share ideas and advice TBD TBD

*Topics previously offered include: "managing different work styles," "how to have difficult conversations," and "defining "the why" of your department."

Selection Process

To be considered for participation in the LDP, faculty members must obtain endorsement from their leadership sponsor and submit an application to the Office of Talent Management by Friday, April 10, 2015. Those interested in applying are encouraged to first visit with a leadership sponsor about being nominated for participation. The academic dean is the leadership sponsor for most cases. In some cases--such as if no academic dean is available or if the interested person is at the dean level or higher--the provost will serve as leadership sponsor.

Faculty members from all fields, departments, schools, and colleges are encouraged to apply. However, please note that due to the competitive nature of the program, not all who apply will be accepted.

To apply:

  • Download and complete the LDP application's 1) form and 2) statement of intent.
  • Obtain your leadership sponsor's endorsement and signature.
  • Scan and email the completed application by Friday, April 10, 2015, to the Office of Talent Management at

Following the close of the application period, the Office of Talent Management will compile and send applications to the respective provosts to put forth their recommendations for the university's cohort members. Candidates will be notified of their selection to or exclusion from the cohort near the conclusion of the spring semester.



This professional development opportunity is provided by UM Human Resources, with no cost to cohort members. Individual members' home unit is expected to cover any travel and lodging costs.



Contact the Office of Talent Management at (573) 884-1878 or The Talent Management team includes:

  • Greg Holliday, Ph.D., Director of Talent Management
  • Jill Wood, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Talent Management
  • Katina Volle, HR Specialist, Talent Management

Past cohort members are also good resources. Member lists are provided on the Overview & Past Cohorts webpage.

Reviewed 2015-02-25.