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 Department Executive Officer (DEO) Seminars

BTAA Deans Leadership Program (DLP)

Iowa Academic Leadership Academy

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and University Human Resources, the Iowa Academic Leadership Academy (IALA), formerly known as the DEO Leadership Program, is designed to support new or aspiring leaders (departmental executive officers, program directors, associate deans or other campus leaders) to make a successful transition to these key roles. The program is designed to be complementary to collegiate support for leaders. Competency-based content will be delivered via small cohorts and one-on-one mentoring tailored to individual needs and goals. There will also be an opportunity to meet and learn from key institutional leaders.

Program participants will experience:

  • Competency-based curriculum built upon national models and research
  • Cross-college cohort interactions with other leaders to discuss topics and challenges
  • Self-guided learning carried out in confidential one-on-one coaching sessions
  • Access to key resources, both people and tools, to assist with leadership issues as they emerge
  • Networking opportunities with seasoned campus leaders

Nominations for participation in the cohort must be submitted through collegiate deans and associate deans for faculty. Call for nominations will be sent late April/early May.

Competency-based Curriculum


The program includes content that will address: the transition to a new role, basic management skills, development of skills to successfully lead others, and development of a vision for your department and for yourself.

Group Sessions:

  • Making the Transition to Leadership
  • Managing Data
  • Managing People
  • Managing Culture
  • Department Action Plan Development
  • Individual Action Plan Development

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 academic leader for one-on-one mentoring to discuss personal and professional goals as a leader and how to achieve those goals.

Networking Opportunities

Participants will develop cross-college cohort interactions with other leaders to discuss topics and challenges; network with seasoned campus leaders; and gain access to key resources, both people and tools, to assist with leadership issues as they emerge.

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 25, 2024 | 8-9 am | via Zoom

Kevin C. Kregel, executive vice president and provost

Conversation with Research Leadership

October 30, 2024 | 8-9 am | via Zoom 

Office of the Vice President for Research leadership

Conversation with Financial Leadership

February 12, 2025 | 8-9 am | via Zoom 

Office of Finance and Operations, Treasury Operations and Financial Management, Administration and Planning

Conversation with Student Affairs Leadership

March 5, 2026 | 10-11 am | via Zoom

Division of Student Life Leadership

Conversation with Communication Leadership

April 2025 | 8-9 am | via Zoom 

Office of Strategic Communications Leadership

DEO Workshops

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

Leading through the Faculty Career Life Cycle

September 4, 2024 | 8-9:30 am | via Zoom

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

Creating an Inclusive and Welcoming Environment for Faculty and Staff

November 2024 | tbd | via Zoom

  • Understanding the role of the DEO in developing a welcoming and inclusive culture

Meeting Management

October 2024 | tbd | via Zoom

  • Discuss strategies to manage meetings, such as changing your calendar settings, setting criteria for when to meet, reframing the agenda as questions to be answered.

Conducting Annual Reviews

January 29, 2025 | 8-9:30 am | via Zoom

  • 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
  • Documenting the outcome of the annual review
Presentation Slides

Managing Up, Down, and Sideways

April 9, 2025 | 8-9 am | via Zoom

  • Learn more about the various constituents to which the DEO is accountable
  • Learn more about managing varying and competing relationships

Care for Yourself and Others

April 2025 | tbd | via Zoom

  • Recognize the importance of resilience
  • Develop healthy habits for stress management


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