Big Ten Academic Alliance Leadership Development Opportunities

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) offers a comprehensive range of leadership development programs designed for faculty and higher education administrators, bringing perspectives that are unique to individuals from large R1 universities. 

BTAA Academic Leadership Program (ALP)

BTAA-ALP develops the leadership and managerial skills of selected faculty. It also provides an opportunity to gain a better understanding of university-level academic administrative leadership and its challenges. UI has complementary on-campus interactions with campus leaders providing fellows the opportunity to make connections and learn how our institution may differ from others in the Big Ten.

BTAA Department Executive Officer (DEO) Seminars

The BTAA-DEO leadership program aims to develop the leadership and managerial skills of DEOs who are relatively new in their position, although more seasoned DEOs may also find the experience beneficial. Topics range from conflict resolution and mentoring to faculty development, performance reviews, and group problem-solving.

BTAA Deans Leadership Program (DLP)

The BTAA-DLP aims to support the leadership and managerial skills of relatively new deans on Big Ten campuses, although more seasoned deans may find the experience beneficial as well.

DEO Leadership Program

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and University Human Resources, the DEO Leadership Program is designed to support new or aspiring departmental executive officers (DEOs) or other new campus leaders make a successful transition to these key roles. The program is designed to complement collegiate support for DEOs, as well as existing UI programs (e.g., BTAA Department Executive Officers and BTAA Academic Leadership Program). Competency-based content is delivered via small cohorts. The program also includes one-on-one coaching and mentoring tailored to individual needs and goals.

Competency-based Curriculum

Built upon national models and research; topics include: Making the Transition to Expanded Academic Leadership Roles, Managing Departmental Resources, Leadership Communication, Leading and Developing People, Introduction to Data and Sources of Information, and introduction to the Critical Friends model of consultancy.

Executive Coaching Sessions

Participants meet one-on-one with trained Organization Effectiveness leadership coaches to clarify individual goals and develop tailored learning objectives.

Mentorship Programming

Teaming with a seasoned DEO for one-on-one mentoring to discuss role related issues and personal growth and development.  

DEO Conversations with Campus Leaders

This program provides an opportunity for DEOs to speak directly with key campus leaders and network with other DEOs across colleges and disciplines. 

Conversation with Academic Leadership

September 29, 2022 | 8-9 am | 2520D UCC (hybrid)

Kevin C. Kregel, executive vice president and provost

Conversation with Research Leadership

November 3, 2022 | 8-9 am | 2390 Exec UCC (hybrid)

Marty Scholtz, vice president for research

Conversation with Financial Leadership

January 19, 2023 | 8-9 am | via Zoom

Terry Johnson, university chief financial officer and treasurer
Susan Klatt, assistant vice president and director, Treasury Operations & Financial Management; university secretary
Don Szeszycki, associate vice president and director of administration and planning

Conversation with DEI and UHR Leadership

March 21, 2023 | 8-9 am | 2502D UCC (hybrid)

Liz Tovar, executive officer of diversity, equity, and inclusion and associate vice president
Cheryl Reardon, chief human resources officers and associate vice president

DEO Workshops

All departmental executive officers (DEOs) are invited to participate in these workshops.

Leading through the Faculty Career Life Cycle

October 26, 2022 | 9:30-11 am

Composition of UI Faculty: Tracks, Ranks, Distribution, Demographics
Mapping Your Unit Faculty
Planning and Managing Opportunities and Challenges of the Faculty Career Life Cycle

Conducting Annual Reviews

February 9, 2023 | 9-10:30 am

Understand the importance of the annual review
Learn to articulate the process for annual reviews
Appreciate the importance of establishing clear expectations for faculty participation
Understand the importance of documenting the outcome of the annual review

Deans, Directors, DEO Listserv

Maintained by UI Printing and Mailing Services; directed toward deans, directors, and departmental officers but also open to other subscribers.