Academic Leadership Institute

What is the Academic Leadership Institute?

The UAF Academic Leadership Institute is a unique and exciting, two-semester long professional development opportunity for a cohort of university employees who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of current issues and changing landscape in higher education.

The Institute meets once a month on a Saturday morning from 9am-noon (see schedule below). Most meetings will include a dialogue with an invited speaker (such as the UA President, a UA Board of Regent representative, a community leader, or another key Alaskan leader), a question and answer session, and a case study discussion. Continental breakfast will be served.

Who Should Consider Attending?

  • Relatively new administrators
  • Faculty or staff who are considering administration as a potential career path
  • Faculty or staff who are interested in the topic of leadership in an academic setting
  • Rural campus employees are encouraged to apply; rural participants will be connected via Zoom.

We typically receive about 40 applications for the ~20 openings, and the quality of your responses can make a difference. If you are selected as a participant and find that you are unable to commit to the assigned readings and full meeting schedule, please notify the Office of the Provost immediately so that the opportunity can be extended to another interested applicant.

The Office of the Provost will notify you of your acceptance and provide instructions regarding reading materials.

How to apply:

The application for the 2024-25 Academic Leadership Institute is closed. The Deadline for application submission was May 17th, 2024, by 5 p.m.

The application form can be located here.

Questions or comments

Any questions or comments about this program should be directed to the Office of the Provost at or by contacting  Alyssa Enriquez at 907-474-6634 or at

AY22-23 ALI Graduates
Graduation day for the AY22-23 cohort.
I found it to be a very rewarding and positive experience.  I met and made connections with a lot of folks from different departments, had some great discussions and learned a bit more about the inner workings of the university.  Provost Prakash does a wonderful job creating community, leading discussions, and making sure everyone feels they have a place at the table.Sarah Jensen, Counselor
The Academic Leadership Institute helped me develop meaningful relationships with colleagues across all of UAF, and sparked thoughtful dialogue to examine my leadership style which resulted in professional growth.   Morgan Dulian, Director of Development 


*2024-25 schedule is as follows:

September 21, 2024

October 19, 2024

November 16, 2024

December 21, 2024

January 18, 2025

February 15, 2025

March 15, 2025

April 19, 2025

*Schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the Provost and the guest speaker's availability.

*2023-24 schedule is as follows:

September 16, 2023

October 21, 2023

November 18, 2023

December 16, 2023

January 20, 2024

February 17, 2024

March 23, 2024

April 20, 2024

*Schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the Provost and the guest speaker's availability.