University of California, Riverside

Office of the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

Provost Faculty Leadership Program

Provost Faculty Leadership Program 2016-2017

UCR faculty members encounter leadership opportunities every day, ranging from formal positions in professional societies, research centers, departments and standing committees, to coordinating large grant submissions and navigating challenging topics during faculty meetings. But faculty members rarely have an opportunity to focus on developing leadership skills.

Designed for UCR faculty members who want to become more effective leaders in a variety of roles, the Provost Faculty Leadership Program is an 8-month program that provides a conceptual framework on leadership to a small cohort of faculty members. The program is designed for not only current administrators, but also for emerging leaders who are relatively inexperienced in formal leadership and for those who want to become more effective leaders in less formal roles. The program focuses on exploring leadership principles and applying them to the challenges facing higher education and UCR.

Program Structure and Content:

The Provost Faculty Leadership Program will host monthly breakfast seminars in which participants will engage with senior campus leaders including the Chancellor, Provost, Deans, and leaders of the Academic Senate. These individuals will facilitate discussions on topics including:

  • What is leadership? Leadership perspectives and theories
  • Understanding your personal leadership style: pathways to leadership
  • Building and developing a team
  • Planning forwards and backwards
  • Leading change and innovation
  • Shared governance and building consensus
  • Managing conflict: Difficult conversations and difficult people
  • Collaboration in a diverse community
  • Institutional Strategy: Defining a vision and executing from the top

Participants may have pre-seminar assignments such as a reading or self-evaluation, and will use these materials to engage more fully in the seminar discussions. Additionally, participants will be strongly encouraged to engage with one another outside the seminars to continue conversations on leadership and management in an academic setting.

Participants also will have the opportunity to engage with senior leaders one-on-one, including an individual meeting with the Provost. Total monthly time commitment for the entire program will be approximately 2-5 hours.


Candidates for the Program must be tenured or tenure-track faculty (including L(P)SOE). Participants will be expected to attend each seminar session.

Expected Outcomes

  • Provide current and future leaders with skills and tools to more effectively manage and lead
  • Inspire participants to engage in leadership opportunities across the campus
  • Prepare participants for higher-level responsibilities

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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