Leadership Development Program

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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 managed by LDP members
  • 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 2016 TBD
4 meetings, one each in Columbia, KC, Rolla, and St. Louis
Fall retreat
  • What are the different kinds of leadership styles? What are each individual's leadership characteristics? Learn through self-assessments and 360-degree assessments.
  • How can a leader evaluate and improve his or her own leadership skills, as well as the skills of faculty and staff the leader manages?
  • What critical leadership challenges does the cohort wish to collaborate on?
  • 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, 2016 Courtyard Marriott
3301 LeMone Industrial Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65201
Topics TBD by cohort at fall retreat TDB
by cohort
Columbia, MO
Topics TBD by cohort at fall retreat TDB
by cohort
Columbia, MO
Topics TBD by cohort at fall retreat 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 had to obtain endorsement from their leadership sponsor and submit an application. Applications are now being accepted for the 2016/2017 cohort.

The Office of Academic Affairs and university provosts will select the cohort. Candidates will be notified of selection decisions around the conclusion of the spring semester. Please note that due to the competitive nature of the program, not all who apply will be accepted.



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



Contact the UM Academic Affairs at (573) 884-9287 or The Leadership Development Program team includes:

  • Steven Graham, Ph.D., Senior Associate Vice President, UM Academic Affairs
  • Jill Wood, Ph.D., Director, UM Academic Affairs
  • Greg Holliday, Ph.D., Director of Leadership Development, UM Human Resources
  • Lucy la Cour, Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development 

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

Reviewed 2016-03-16.