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 throughout the academic year and a required group project involving reading and reporting on an assigned book related to academic leadership. 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.

The next FLAIR program will be during the 2024-2025 academic year. Applications will be accepted in spring 2024.

2022-23 FLAIR Cohort

2022-2023 FLAIR cohort
  • Stuart Bernstein, associate professor, Durham School
  • Georgina Bingham, research associate professor, Entomology
  • Chad Brassil, associate professor and faculty director of undergraduate analytics, School of Biological Sciences
  • John Brunero, professor, Philosophy
  • Lorna Dawes, associate professor, University Libraries
  • Bedross Der Matossian, associate professor and vice chair, History
  • Allan Donsig, professor and vice chair, Mathematics
  • Carrie Heitman, associate professor, School of Global Integrative Studies
  • Libby Jones, professor and associate chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Yvonne Lai, associate professor, Mathematics
  • Xu Li, professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Susan Ourada, associate professor, Dance
  • Jamie Reimer Seaman, associate professor, Glenn Korff School of Music
  • Sajeesh Sajeesh, associate professor, Marketing
  • Brett Stohs, associate professor, Law
  • Emre Unlu, associate professor, Finance
  • Sergio Wals, associate professor, Political Science
  • LuAnn Wandsnider, professor, School of Global Integrative Studies
  • Adrian Wisnicki, associate professor, English

Past FLAIR cohorts