Dean of the Faculty

Faculty Leadership Program

Gain the skills and experience to successfully lead in a variety of roles at Brown.

The Faculty Leadership Program will establish a new paradigm for faculty leadership at Brown, one that will be initiated by emerging leaders, and will continue to be shaped by a new, shared vision for inclusive excellence. The program will sustain a pipeline to fill university leadership roles that is filled with leaders who are equipped to guide Brown’s community to consistently set and achieve ambitious goals for an inclusive community that is enriched and curated by its members.

The Faculty Leadership Program will:

  • Initiate and sustain a pipeline of new leaders at Brown who are equipped to guide Brown’s community to continuously improve its culture of inclusive excellence and execute the University’s mission.
  • Provide associate and full professors experiential learning in skills including diversity, equity and inclusion; time management; priority setting; team building; coaching and mentoring; staff oversight; and assessment
  • Support cohort networking and ongoing professional development beyond the formal program period
  • Focus on the balance between leadership aspirations and personal professional research/scholarship goals

Program Goals

Participants in the Faculty Leadership Program will:

  • Refine skills for success in leadership positions
  • Develop support networks both internally and externally
  • Create individual advancement goals and pathways
  • Have the opportunity for practical application of skills
  • Serve as models/mentors for early career faculty

Time commitment and sample program topics

The program will run during the 2022-2023 academic year, September - May (no January meeting). There will be a monthly in-person two-hour meeting, and small assignments in between the meetings. The assignments will range from readings relevant to the month's program topic, to applying learned skills to a current challenge, to small group discussions.

Sample topics include: 

  • University Operations Who does what at Brown, and how do you as a leader get things done?
  • Time is Your Currency Setting priorities and sticking to them, how to run a productive meeting, how to communicate and delegate effectively.
  • Difficult Conversations and Conflict Resolution How to navigate challenging situations with staff, students, and faculty colleagues.


The nomination portal opens in Ufunds on June 2, 2022. Final nominations are due Monday, August 15, 2022. Chairs are encouraged to nominate faculty in their departments. Self-nominations also will be accepted. The program is open to associate and full professors.

Nomination materials: Chairs are asked to provide a 200 word nomination statement. Participants are asked to provide up to a 500 word application statement.

Criteria for Selection: Participants will be selected to represent a broad range of academic disciplines and leadership ambitions.

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