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 twelve 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. Required reading will be assigned for every session, and each of the  participants will receive a book, and reading materials.

 How to apply:

Applications for the 2021-22 Academic Leadership Institute were submited and applicants selected. 

The deadline for application was August 20, 2021

Questions or comments 

Any questions or comments about this program should be directed to the Office of the Provost at or by contacting 907-474-7096 or 907-474-6634.

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 audio conference system

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 where and when to pick up your textbooks / reading materials.

*2021-22 schedule is as follows:

September 25, 2021

October 23, 2021

November 20, 2021

December 11, 2021

January 15, 2022

February 19, 2022

March 26, 2022

April 23, 2022

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

  1. Patrick Marlow
  2. Matthew Wooller
  3. Genova Brookes Boyd
  4. DeShan Foret (remote)
  5. Janene McMahan
  6. Taniesha Moses (remote)
  7. Mark Billingsley
  8. Olga Skinner
  9. Cara High
  10. Rachelle White (remote) 
  11. Matthew Balazs
  12. Mary Beth Leigh
  13. John Smelter
  14. Sarah Jensen
  15. Jenn Pedersen
  16. Anne Doyle
  17. Amanda White
  18. Bob Bolton
  19. Jessica Garron
  20. Morgan Dulian
  21. Courtney Pagh 
  22. Jessica Black