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President’s Leadership Development Initiative Senior Vice President Fellows Call for Nominations 2017

Application Due Date: Monday, September 25, 2017

“Few institutions think systematically about the development of administrative leadership. Yet the skills and qualifications necessary for success as a professor are not the same as those required for success as a department chair, director, dean, or president.”
– American Council on Education, 2010

The LMU Senior Vice President Fellows Program is designed to develop and sustain a high quality of leadership that is central to Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) mission and goals. The Fellowship is a competitive appointment intended to provide opportunities for faculty and staff to explore executive-level higher education administration without having to take a considerable amount of time away from teaching, research, creative works, service, and administrative duties. The yearlong program combines mentoring and learning in a formal curriculum with real-life experiences including placement in one of the five administrative divisions at LMU:

  1. Academic Affairs
  2. Administration
  3. Business and Finance
  4. Student Affairs
  5. University Relations

During the Fellowship year, Fellows participate in management meetings in their assigned division, attend events, work on projects and initiatives identified by Senior Vice President mentors, and visit other colleges and universities. Some Fellows round out their experience by participating in workshops offered by Leading Institutional Units and Programs. View Senior Vice President Fellows from 2016-2017.

Components

  • Academic year placement with a Senior Vice President Mentor
  • Real-life experiences through participating in management meetings, events, projects, and initiatives
  • Interactive Fellows Retreats
  • Reading and reflecting on higher education literature
  • Self-Evaluation and feedback from mentors
  • Networking across LMU
  • Visit to other colleges and universities

Curriculum

  • Leading in Jesuit Colleges and Universities
  • Trends and Issues that Impact American Colleges and Universities
  • Organizational Culture
  • Campus Climate
  • Respecting and Managing Differences
  • Making Diversity Work on Campus
  • Managing Change
  • Effective Academic Leadership
  • Leading from the Middle

Benefits

The LMU Senior Vice President Fellows Program provides opportunities to:

  • Broaden and deepen an understanding of LMU’s Catholic and Jesuit Mission
  • Understand LMU’s governance and organizational structures
  • Develop highly effective leadership skills through Senior Vice Presidents/Fellow mentor/mentee relationships
  • Acquire cutting-edge knowledge about higher education trends and issues
  • Understand the role of equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education
  • Participate in leadership development workshops conducted by higher education administration scholars
  • Participate in interactive mini-retreats
  • Build networks across the University
  • Visit other colleges and universities

Criteria for Program Completion

  • Respect the confidentiality of all information learned in LMU’s divisions.
  • Complete the Senior Vice President Fellows’ Learning Contract. Discuss the content with the Senior Vice President and other Fellows during Retreats.
  • Engage in a mentor/fellow relationship with a Senior Vice President; attend and participate in executive- level decision-making meetings at the discretion of the Senior Vice President Mentor.
  • Schedule a monthly meeting with Senior Vice President Mentors and other administrators to discuss specific questions, issues, or concerns.
  • Spend 10 hours per month interacting with a Senior Vice President Mentor participate in senior-level decision-making management meetings and/or working on projects and initiatives.
  • Observe how Senior Vice Presidents and members of their teams make decisions, and how they communicate their decisions. Focus on the decision-making process rather than the content under consideration.
  • Complete an assigned project or initiative promptly. Write a report that describes the project or initiative and identifies related goals, objectives, outcomes, and challenges.
  • Read higher education literature and actively engage in discussions on topics covered during the Fellows Retreat.
  • Attend and actively participate in a minimum of eight (8) retreats to meet the requirement for successful completion of the program. Arriving late or leaving before a retreat ends will not suffice as attendance.
  • Conduct a self-evaluation and use it to obtain feedback from the Senior Vice President Mentor.
  • Visit other campuses.

Eligibility

Faculty who hold the rank of Associate or Full Professor and Mid-Career Administrators who have a minimum of five years of leadership experience at LMU. A maximum of three faculty and two staff receive the LMU Senior Vice President Fellowship each academic year. Fellows come from all areas of the University.

There is no stipend offered or expectation of an administrative position at the conclusion of the program. Faculty receive release from service obligations and staff receive appropriate release time from administrative duties during the Fellowship year.

Length of the Program

November 09, 2017 to November 30, 2018

Nomination Process

  • Applicants complete the LMU Senior Vice President Fellows application and submit it to their Dean or immediate Supervisor. NO VITAS OR RESUMES PLEASE.
  • Nomination letters are a critical part of the application process. The letters describe the applicant’s leadership competencies and experiences. They also identify the growth and development that may occur because of participating in the Senior Vice President Fellows Program. Additionally, it is critical that nomination letters determine the value that a Fellow will add to LMU after completing the Senior Vice President Fellows Program.
  • Applicants must submit two nomination letters with the application. Faculty must submit (1) a nomination letter from their college or school Dean, and (2) a second one from the Executive Vice President and Provost. Staff must submit (1) a nomination letter from their supervisor, and (2) a second one from the Senior Vice President in their division.
  • Dean or Supervisor submits application and nomination letters to the Senior Vice President in their division for review.
  • Senior Vice President writes a nomination letter and adds it to the applicant’s packet.
  • Senior Vice President sends complete applicant packets to the Vice President for Intercultural Affairs.
  • The President’s Cabinet reviews nomination packets and awards fellowships to successful applicants.
  • Senior Vice Presidents design administrative experiences that best fit the Fellow’s needs.
  • Senior Vice Presidents evaluate the Fellow assigned to their division and submit the evaluation to the Fellow’s Dean or immediate supervisor and the Vice President for Intercultural Affairs.
  • Upon successful completion of the Fellowship, Fellow receives a Certificate of Completion.

2017-2018 Senior Vice President Fellows Calendar

Luncheon
Thursday, November 9, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Fellows Retreat #1
Friday, December 1, 2017
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs Conference Room, University Hall 4827

Fellows Retreat #2
Friday, January 12, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs Conference Room, University Hall 4827

Fellows Retreat #3
Friday, February 02, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs Conference Room, University Hall 4827

Fellows Retreat #4
Friday, February 23, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs Conference Room, University Hall 4827

Fellows Retreat #5
Friday, April 06, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs Conference Room, University Hall 4827

AERA
April 12 – 17, 2018
New York

Fellows Retreat #6
Friday, September 07, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs Conference Room, University Hall 4827

Fellows Retreat #7
Friday, October 05, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs Conference Room, University Hall 4827

Fellows Retreat #8
Friday, November 02, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs Conference Room, University Hall 4827

Graduation Ceremony
Time & Date TBD

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