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Faculty and Staff Success

Faculty and Staff Success

The University of Missouri System is firmly committed to the success of our faculty and staff. In September 2018, President Choi allocated $7.5M of funding to support a strategic investment in Faculty and Staff Success. The goal of the Faculty and Staff Success initiative is to enable greater employee performance and support personal and professional growth to ensure the UM System is a true employer of choice. Under the leadership of the UM System Office of Human Resources, programs within the Faculty and Staff Success initiative will focus on all levels of faculty and staff, and will be announced as they are available. Academic Leadership Development, described below, is the first program launching under the initiative. 

Academic Leadership Development

As a part of the focus on overall faculty success and with the support of the offices of the provost at each university, the UM System offices of Academic Affairs and Human Resources are developing a robust set of programs specifically designed to support academic leaders. The programs will provide academic leaders with relevant and meaningful opportunities for continued growth and development. They include:

Academic Leadership Conference

About the Academic Leadership Conference

Spearheaded by UM System President Mun Y. Choi as a strategic investment, the Academic Leadership Conference is a collaboration among UM Academic Affairs, UM Human Resources, Provosts, and a systemwide Advisory Board. It draws on academic leaders’ own experiences and needs by offering programs tailored to the unique careers, issues and decisions facing provosts, deans and department chairs.

Provost Offices: MUUMKCS&TUMSL

Academic Leadership Advisory Board

  • MU: Alex Socarides, Pat Okker, Joe Parcell, Candace Kuby
  • UMKC: Diane Filion, Joy Roberts, Ginny Blanton, Steve Dikes
  • S&T: Shannon Fogg, Richard Wlezien, Susan Murray, David Borrok
  • UMSL: Ann Taylor, Steve Moehrle, Amber Reinhart, Marie Mora


The Fall 2020 conference will focus on leading in the current dynamic situation. Topics will include pandemic responses, economic challenges, racial inequality and inclusiveness, and faculty engagement. The conference will be offered online with optional opportunities for small on-site gatherings at each university. The overall goals of providing relevant and meaningful opportunities to learn and connect remain the overarching goals of the conference.

Schedule Overview

Date Time Event

 October 14

5 – 6 p.m.

A conversation with President Mun Choi


October 15

9 a.m.

Welcome and opening remarks

Large-group Session


12 p.m.

Lunch with optional networking opportunities


1 p.m.

Breakout Sessions


3 p.m.

Breakout Sessions


5 p.m.



5 – 6 p.m.

Optional networking opportunities


October 16

9 a.m.

Breakout Sessions


11 a.m.

Breakout Sessions


12 p.m.

Lunch with optional networking opportunities


1:30 p.m.

Large-group Session



3 p.m.


Networking events

To foster a community of leadership systemwide and beyond, we will embed networking opportunities into the conference schedule. More details to follow.


The conference will be held via Zoom with optional on-site meeting rooms reserved on each campus for those who prefer to attend the Zoom sessions on-site with colleagues. Details will be announced soon.


The conference is provided by the University of Missouri System's strategic investment in Faculty and Staff Success, reflecting the investment the University is making in academic leaders.


Registration for the conference is by invitation only. If you're interested in attending the conference and have not received an invitation, please contact

More Information

If you have questions regarding the event, please contact the UM System Office of Academic Affairs at


24/7 resources

Academic Affairs, Human Resources, and the Office of the President have collaborated to develop a set of 24/7 resources for academic leaders. 


Workshops at MU, UMKC, Missouri S&T and UMSL

Coming soon!


Executive coaching

The University of Missouri offers executive coaching to support our senior academic leaders and increase our organizational effectiveness. 

Executive coaching is ideal for senior academic leaders as it provides a customized approach to leadership development. Through a one-on-one relationship with an experienced external coach, senior leaders gain new outlooks on personal challenges, improved decision-making skills, increased confidence, and greater overall effectiveness. When leaders participate in coaching, they can better meet current challenges while building skills for the future. In turn, this leads to increased organizational results and supports sustainable progress.

This program is offered through the Academic Leadership Development initiative.

Program Goals for Participants

  • Maximize strengths
  • Master leadership and communication competencies
  • Better manage stress
  • Adapt and thrive in an environment of change
  • Address workplace challenges
  • Demonstrate a commitment to growth and development

Program Details

Available to academic deans at each university, the executive coaching engagement will typically last six months. During that time, the leader will choose a coach from one of ten pre-selected executive coaching firms who have a range of specialties and experience in a variety of settings. The coach will then administer assessments, meet with the Provost to gain their perspective, and then lead conversations to drive insight. The cost of the coaching will be covered by the Faculty and Staff Success Funding.

Obtaining a Coach

To obtain an executive coach, complete the Executive Coaching Request Form (PDF is available here.) We understand the sensitive nature of many of these requests; all are treated as strictly confidential and viewed only by a designated staff member of the Program Team. If needed, that staff member may call you to request additional information. The Program Team will then reach out to your Provost to clarify coaching priorities from the Provost's perspective.

The Program Team will then work with selected coaching organizations to identify coaches and send information on three potential matches for you. You then have an opportunity to meet each coach, select the best match, and begin the coaching engagement. We will contact you with more information and provide additional support after receiving your Request Form.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is – and isn’t – executive coaching?
    • Coaching is not the same as mentoring, consulting or counseling.
  • How do I choose the appropriate coach?
    • Upon receiving the names of three possible coaches, we will also provide advice on how to best make a selection.
  • Who are available coaches?
    • Coaches are from one of ten pre-selected coaching organizations representing a range of specialties and experience in a variety of settings.
  • Are my conversations with my coach confidential?
    • Yes. The coach agrees to keep all information shared during coaching sessions confidential unless otherwise agreed upon or unless required to share information by law or University policy, such as when there is danger to self or others, or a potential violation of the university's Employment/Educational Opportunity policies (CRR: Chapter 600). Themes, in the aggregate, from conversations will be shared with the Program Team to inform additional leadership development programming.

Contact Information

For more information about the Executive Coaching program, please contact UM Academic Affairs at

Coaching Definitions

What is executive coaching?

Executive coaching is a practice in professional development that is characterized by its individual and personalized approach. It generally involves a close relationship between a coach and coachee, where the coachee works on a stated individualized development plan in the context of their individual role and organizational goals.

Coaching is not the same as mentoring, consulting, or counseling.

  • Mentoring is usually formed via mutual and informal matching whereby a mentor (usually with more experience) helps a mentee (usually with less experience) grow, become more connected, and develop greater self-efficacy. One critical difference is that a mentor tends to be a source of advising, where coaches tend to ask questions of their coachees in order to discover solutions. Additionally, mentoring may last an indefinite period of time, where coaching is generally intended to be a focused period of time.  
  • Consulting is usually a process by which an outside organization or individual is provided information by an organization in order to provide feedback, recommendations, or highlight concerns. Consultants are intended to help an individual or organization receive an objective review of information presented in order to prescribe a set of potential solutions. Additionally, they may be contracted to provide industry insight, manage significant change processes, project manage a significant adjustment in business practice, or coordinate the implementation of a strategic plan. In general, consulting is focused on the organization whereas coaching is focused on the individual.
  • Counseling is a therapeutic relationship in which a client and counselor, through therapy, work on specific concerns of personal or professional concern. This relationship is generally considered to be confidential and protected by patient privilege. Generally speaking, counseling is intended to help you identify and cope with challenges in your life, while coaches are interested in you setting goals and achieving goals. Therapists are usually supervised by someone, with governing organizations that provide guides for conduct, where coaches may not have the same kind of governance relationship.

Mentoring programs

Please check back for updated information.


Professional development grants

Please check back for updated information.


Reviewed 2020-08-27