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Leadership Development Program

2017 Program & Application

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About the Program

The University of Missouri System Manuel T. Pacheco Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a prestigious program that affirms the vital role of faculty leaders and seeks to enhance their leadership competencies within the academic setting. LDP recognizes that the university's current and emerging faculty 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. 

Since 2000, the LDP has supported an annual cohort of 30 to 35 academic department chairs, directors, and assistant deans who demonstrate leadership and leadership potential. The LDP program, one of the first of its kind in the country, has persisted even during tough financial times in higher education because of the commitment to the importance of faculty leadership. To date, the program has served nearly 400 academic leaders across the four UM System campuses.

Program Goals and Benefits

The goal of the program has been to develop academic leaders who will guide the University into the future. Through the program, members are able to come together for 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

Current and past participants have spoken to the quality and effectiveness of the program:

Testimonials

“Thank you! This program has been (and continues to be) a great experience for my professional development.”
-Member of LDP Cohort 2016

“You learn so much about the other campuses and system as a whole, as well as meeting colleagues who are in similar situations and who can offer helpful advice while you are learning how to become a better leader. Really great opportunity.”
-Member of LDP Cohort 2016

“This is such a great program—thank you for developing leaders!”
-Member of LDP Cohort 2016

"This was an excellent program.  I’m excited to apply what I learned!"
-Member of LDP Cohort 2015

"After going through this program, I see clearly the merit in providing such training to anyone who gets promoted to a leadership position at the University. So many times, people are moved into positions without any support or training. Sometimes the person has a natural talent but more often they learn by trial and error, or they turn the stress in on themselves. This retreat was personally challenging, involving a lot of self-reflection, but at the same time it provided a wealth of education and support so that we could become the best possible asset to the organization."
-Member of LDP cohort 2014

“[Peer coaching] was one of the most useful aspects of the entire retreat, on many levels! Not simply the training in giving and receiving feedback, but also the chance to see such a broad view of the kinds of problems my colleagues experience on a daily basis. It was incredibly enlightening. My respect and admiration for my colleagues grew exponentially after that morning.”
-Member of LDP Cohort 2013

Application Timeline

LDP Program - Application Timeline

To participate in LDP, faculty members need to submit an application and obtain endorsement from their leadership sponsor. The university provosts and the UM Office of Academic Affairs will select the cohort. Candidates will be notified of selection decisions around the conclusion of the spring semester. Due to the large number of highly competitive applications, not all who apply will be accepted to the program.

Program Timeline

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 timeline:

For the 2017 Cohort

Event Dates Location

Kickoff meetings

June - July 2017

TBD
4 meetings, one each in Columbia, KC, Rolla, and St. Louis

Fall retreat

September 13-15, 2017

The Hotel Frederick
Boonville, MO

Follow up Workshops (3 full days)

TBD
 

TBD

Ongoing campus meetings

TBD

TBD

Cost

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

Questions

Contact the UM Office of Academic Affairs at (573) 882-1714 or umaaleadership@umsystem.edu. 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., Psychologist, University of Missouri Athletic Department
  • Ashley Berg, Coordinator, UM Academic Affairs

Current and past participants are also good resources.

Reviewed 2017-03-21.