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Academic Leadership Program

The Academic Leadership Program (ALP), an intensive year-long program, develops the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and academic promise. Many of the program's nearly 1,000 Fellows have gone on to serve with distinction as college presidents, provosts, and deans.

The ALP consists of three conferences hosted by different BTAA universities throughout the course of one academic year. In addition, ALP Fellows participate in on-campus activities throughout the academic year that vary by institution. The program is specifically oriented to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities and to help faculty members prepare to meet them.

Participation is by dean's nomination. If you have questions, please contact Joan Johnson, Director for Faculty (

Congratulations to Northwestern University's 2018-19 Academic Leadership Program Fellows

 2018-2019 ALP fellows

Read more about our current and past Fellows here or by clicking on ALP Fellows in the left menu. You may also download a directory of Northwestern ALP Fellows.

More About the Program

The Academic Leadership Program is run through the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), the academic consortium of the Big Ten Conference members. For more than half a century, these world-class research institutions have advanced their academic missions, generated unique opportunities for students and faculty, and served the common good by sharing expertise, leveraging campus resources, and collaborating on innovative programs.