Benefits for Faculty

Academic Leadership Program

In order to remain viable and competitive, universities must continually invest in their faculty and staff. By leveraging resources and culling the expertise of its member institutions, the Big Ten Academic Alliance is able to offer professional development opportunities that are highly relevant and effective.

One of the most successful Big Ten Academic Alliance leadership initiatives is the Academic Leadership Program (ALP). Established in 1989, this intensive experience develops the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and academic promise. Many of the programs’ nearly 1000 Fellows have gone on to serve with distinction as college presidents, provosts, and deans.

The ALP consists of three seminars hosted by different member universities. In addition, ALP Fellows may be required to participate in on-campus activities throughout the academic year that vary by institution. The program is specifically oriented to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities and to help faculty members prepare to meet them.

2015-2016 ALP Fellows from UMD:

  • Dr. Rochelle Newman, Professor and Chair in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences and Associate Director, Maryland Language Science Center
  • Dr. Rebecca Ratner, Professor of Marketing and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs for Undergraduate Programs, Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • Dr. Stephen Roth, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Public Health
  • Dr. Joseph Sullivan, Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture and Interim Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program
  • Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies

Visit the Big Ten Academic Alliance website for a listing of all faculty opportunities.