Faculty Leadership in Academia: From Inspiration to Reality

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The Faculty Leadership in Academia: From Inspiration to Reality (FLAIR) program helps faculty prepare to advance their careers by taking on formal leadership roles. This leadership development program is for faculty with strong, untapped leadership potential who have the rank of associate or full professor (tenured, practice, research or extension) and who are either considering a leadership role or are in their first leadership position and considering continuing on a leadership path.

Programming includes a series of workshops in the spring, a required summer reading list, and another series of workshops in the fall. Topics focus on leadership as it relates to the inspirations, realities, and opportunities within and outside of academic administration. Participants have the opportunity to meet with the Chancellor and participate in panel discussions featuring university faculty in leadership roles both inside and outside the traditional academic leadership structure. They also participate in a Leading With Strengths workshop focused on developing their personal leadership style based on their Clifton Strengths. There are ample opportunities for participants to network with one another, including through co-leading presentations on summer reading choices and through summer informal gatherings.

2020 FLAIR Cohort

the 2020 FLAIR cohort
  • Keenan Amundsen, associate professor, Agronomy and Horticulture
  • Toni Anaya, associate professor, Libraries
  • Julian Atanassov, associate professor, Finance
  • Nicole Buan, associate professor, Biochemistry
  • Cara Burberry, associate professor, Earth and Atmospheric Science
  • Rochelle Dalla, professor, Child, Youth and Family Studies
  • Jenny Dauer, associate professor, School of Natural Resources
  • Kiyomi Deards, associate professor, Libraries
  • Richard Endacott, professor, associate director, Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
  • Tomas Helikar, associate professor, Biochemistry
  • Sarah Karle, associate professor, Landscape Architecture
  • Brian Kelly, associate professor, Architecture
  • Srivatsan Kidambi, associate professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Kelly Kingsbury Brunetto, associate professor of practice, Modern Languages
  • Alok Kumar, associate professor, Marketing
  • Beth Lewis, associate professor, Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
  • Tawnya Means, assistant dean, College of Business
  • Colleen Medill, professor, College of Law
  • Jake Messersmith, associate professor, Management
  • Scott Napolitano, associate professor of practice, Educational Psychology
  • Tim Nelson, professor, Psychology
  • Adam Wagler, associate professor, Advertising
  • Harkamal Walia, associate professor, Agronomy and Horticulture
  • Lorey Wheeler, research associate professor, Center for Children, Youth, Families, and Schools
  • Mark Wilkins, professor, Biological Systems Engineering

Past FLAIR cohorts