Provost Academic Leadership Program

The MSU Provost Academic Leadership Program provides specialized training and development for the next generation of academic leaders. The curriculum is designed to help participants focus on their individual leadership development and to enhance their understanding of the complexity of the university. While the program may help to create a pipeline of future university leaders, participation in the program does not guarantee an appointment to an academic administrative position. Participants attend a series of workshops and/or online modules over a two-year period with applied learning in topics such as:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Leadership styles
  • Legal affairs
  • Management skills
  • Media and communications
  • Strategic planning
  • University finance, planning, and assessment
  • HLC or other accreditations

The annual program schedule for each cohort, based on the academic calendar, starts in August and ends the following April. Participants will attend selected sessions with new academic administrators as part of a yearly orientation program.

Each new group of six to eight PALs will meet with the prior year’s program completers to identify an interactive project in one or more of the following areas: (1) Coaching and Mentoring, (2) Leading Change (3) Building a Diverse Community and (4) the Basics of Management including budgets and day-to-day operations. Over the first year, online modules will be developed to provide some foundational material in a consistent manner to be accessed and completed by PAL participants between August and April of each year.

Nomination Process

Deans will nominate up to two faculty each year. Final selections will be made by the Provost. Deans and Provost should attempt to nominate/appoint a diverse cohort. The goal is to have a seamless transition from cohort to cohort (six to eight per group), whereas second year participants can communicate with those in their first year on the status of selected projects deemed as a high priority of the university. Each group will be assigned “go to contacts” or mentors from the academic leadership team to provide ongoing advice or support for the targeted initiatives. Finally, those selected for participation in the two-year program will receive the necessary supports in the fall and spring semesters of the second year in order to complete the scope of work on the approved projects. Participants may also be supported by travel to approved conferences which have a focus on either accreditation or academic leadership.