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Faculty Development and Leadership Programs

Whether you seek to improve a specific leadership skillset or fill a formal leadership role, such as department chair or program director, our Office sponsors many programs to help you succeed.  We encourage you to also check with your school to learn about what targeted resources may be available there. Many of these programs are by nomination or invitation only.  If you have questions about participating, please contact Celina Flowers, Director, Faculty (

Department Chairs and Directors

Academic Leadership Program

  • This intensive year-long program, run through the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), is designed for faculty who are interested in pursuing academic administration at major research institutions. Learn more.

Public Voices Fellowship Program

  • This year-long program provides a select group of twenty Northwestern scholars across all disciplines with the resources, support and skills needed in order to dramatically increase their visibility and influence as thought leaders in academia and the world at large. Learn more.

Provost's Grants for Faculty Innovation in Diversity and Equity 

  • This annual grants program helps fund faculty-led initiatives to build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable climate on campus. Learn more.

ChangeMakers for Faculty

  • This annual program, administered through the Women's Center in partnership with our Office, uses the University of Michigan's evidence-based Intergroup Dialogue Model to allow participants to explore their own social identities and apply this understanding to their work in creating more inclusive classrooms, lab spaces, centers, and departments. Learn more.
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