Applications are now open for the UO Leadership Academy

For anyone looking to sharpen their leadership skills, there’s still time to apply to the 2023-24 cohort of the UO Leadership Academy. Applications are due Jan. 23.

Each year, 30 faculty and staff members are selected to join the academy. The cohort meets monthly, cultivating community and developing inclusive and transformational leadership skills.

Associate professor of biology Nadia Singh participated in the 2018-2019 cohort.

"It is not an understatement to say that participating in the Leadership Academy transformed my life,” she said. “The experience helped me truly understand how leadership is not a position, it’s a practice. The Leadership Academy provided me with the knowledge, tools and skills I needed to make positive impact in my community through leadership."

The academy is open to full-time employees involved in the administrative and academic mission of the university. That includes associate and full professors, senior instructors, associate deans, unit heads or directors, associate directors, program managers, advisers and more. However, no specific title or rank is required to apply. Program coordinators encourage people with diverse backgrounds and interests to participate.

Sierra Dawson, associate vice provost for faculty and leadership development, coordinates the program with Jennifer Espinola, dean of students at the law school and director of the Frohnmayer Leadership Program.

“The UO Leadership Academy is about connecting and empowering our faculty and staff to use their agency and strengths to affect positive change,” Dawson said. “We believe that leadership is not about title or position, but about choosing to lead from where you are.”

To learn more about the opportunity and to check your availability for the session dates, click here.

By Chelsea Hunt, Office of the Provost