Nominations, applications to be accepted for second Staff Leadership Development cohort

September 5, 2018 | UToday
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Beginning Monday, Sept. 17, through Monday, Oct. 1, nominations and applications for the second cohort of UT’s Staff Leadership Development Program will be accepted.

To be eligible for consideration, staff members must have at least two years of UT service.

During the 2017-18 academic year, the new leadership development program was launched for UT staff members in direct response to feedback received during the University’s strategic planning process. Its first cohort of 22 individuals will graduate Thursday, Nov. 8.

“I’m proud that the University offers the Staff Leadership Development Program for emerging leaders — it’s a great investment in their — and our — future,” said President Sharon L. Gaber. “The program not only strengthens cross-campus networking and provides select candidates the opportunity to learn from current higher education leaders, but also helps us to ensure the continuity of UT’s future leadership.”

“The program is specifically designed to develop high-potential leaders so they can grow in their existing positions at UT, and then later assume expanded leadership roles here,” noted Wendy Davis, associate vice president and chief human resources officer. “It provides a formal path for career development while improving participants’ leadership skills.”

The one-year program is composed of complimentary courses, lectures, assessments and experiential learning. Courses are facilitated by UT senior leaders and subject matter experts on specific topics.

“A diverse cohort of approximately 20 selected participants attend program sessions each month for minimally two or three hours, from October 2018 through October 2019,” explained Carrie Herr, director for the Center for Continuous Improvement, who oversees the program. “And while no courses are held during July and August, participants are required to complete summer reading assignments and submit a capstone project in October 2019.”

Employees may apply for the program by completing the application form, or deans, vice presidents and other senior leaders may recommend an emerging leader by submitting a nomination form on their behalf. (Please avoid duplications.) Forms are available on the Human Resources website at

A multidisciplinary selection committee will review all forms, and individuals selected for the second cohort of UT’s Staff Leadership Development Program will be contacted no later than Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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