Dean of the Faculty

Faculty Leadership Program

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

***Nominations are open May 10-July 31 in UFunds***

Program Goals

The Faculty Leadership Program establishes 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 of faculty who are prepared to fill university leadership roles and who are equipped to consistently set and achieve ambitious goals for an inclusive community that is enriched and curated by its members.

Participants in the Faculty Leadership Program will refine skills for success in leadership positions while developing support networks both internally and externally. The program is designed to facilitate the creation of individual advancement goals and pathways and provide opportunities for the practical application of newly-acquired skills.

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 participants with 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

Eligibility: Applications will be accepted from associate and full professors, senior lecturers and distinguished senior lecturers. 

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

Time commitment and sample program topics

The program will run during the 2023-2024 academic year, September - May (no January meeting). The proposed meeting dates are September 29, October 27, December 1, February 2, March 1, and April 5. There will be a monthly in-person three-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?
  • The Art of Adaptive Leadership practical tools and techniques to assist in navigating leadership, organizational optimization and change.
  • Difficult Conversations and Conflict Resolution How to navigate challenging situations with staff, students, and faculty colleagues.


The nomination portal for AY23-24 is open in UFunds May 10-July 31st

Candidates may be nominated by their department chair or self-nominate. Chair nominations: Chairs are asked to provide a 200 word nomination statement and their candidate's CV. Self-nominations: candidates are asked to provide up to a 500 word application statement and their CV. Self-nominations do not require a statement from the department chair.

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Inaugural Cohort, AY22-23

  • Katie Biello, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Keisha Blain, Professor of Africana Studies, Professor of History
  • Rebecca Carter, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies
  • Eric Darling, Associate Professor of Medical Science (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) 
  • Françoise Hamlin, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History
  • Meredith Hastings, Professor of Environment and Society and Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
  • Karla Kaun, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
  • Nancy Khalek, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Associate Professor of History
  • Carly Klivans, Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics
  • Brandon Marshall, Professor of Epidemiology
  • Benoit Pausader, Professor of Mathematics
  • Andrew Peterson, Associate Professor of Engineering
  • Emily Rauscher, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Brenda Rubenstein, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Associate Professor of Physics
  • Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Professor of Data Science and Computer Science