The Center for Organizational Leadership, within the Office of University Strategy, sponsors leadership development programs for individuals currently working in or aspiring to academic administration and for members of the university community who are interested in learning more about effective leadership within Rutgers and across higher education.
Collectively, these programs aim to:
- Build participants’ institutional knowledge of Rutgers and the higher education landscape.
- Enhance participants’ leadership capacity through engagement with concepts, competencies, and strategies associated with effective leadership in higher education.
- Cultivate a culture at Rutgers that encourages collaboration, networking, and learning across disciplines, functions, and units.
- Strengthen organizational effectiveness within Rutgers by helping participants develop a deeper understanding of relevant university, chancellor-led unit, and school-level priorities, processes, and goals.
Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA)
RLA is a university-wide, one-year program that brings together mid-career faculty and academic staff who aspire to broadened leadership roles. Through participation in this collaborative learning program, RLA Fellows develop a deeper understanding of the challenges and strategic issues facing higher education, strengthen their leadership capacity, and engage with colleagues from across Rutgers who demonstrate a shared interest in leadership development. Working with others to improve aspects of the university is a central component of the RLA experience. As a part of the program, participants develop project proposals that integrate the core values of academic excellence, beloved community, and the common good to advance their schools, units, or the institution. Upon completion of the program, alumni have future opportunities for networking, participation, and professional development in the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership Alumni Network. Nearly 240 faculty and staff participants representing over 60 departments and units have participated in the program since its inception in 2015. For more information regarding the Rutgers Leadership Academy, contact Vidhi Waran.
PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy (PLDA)
PLDA is a one-year program designed to provide selected doctoral student fellows from disciplines throughout the university with an introduction to current practices and challenges in higher education, and opportunities for developing the organizational, analytic, communication, and personal competencies recognized as critical to effective leadership across multiple organizational settings. Since the program’s inception in 2010, more than 200 doctoral students representing over 60 academic departments have participated in the program. For more information regarding the PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy, contact Vidhi Waran.
Academic Leadership Program-RBHS (ALP-RBHS)
Developed in collaboration with RBHS senior leaders, ALP-RBHS provides a venue for faculty administrators (e.g., chairs, program directors, assistant deans) to examine and further develop their leadership, management, and organizational competencies with attention to current biomedical and health sciences challenges and opportunities at the national and state level, and within Rutgers and RBHS. As a part of the program, participants assume a leadership role in developing an interdisciplinary/interdepartmental project proposal to advance RBHS, with opportunities for seed funding for select projects provided by the RBHS Office of the Chancellor. Upon completion of the program, alumni have future opportunities for networking, participation, and professional development in the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership Alumni Network. Nearly 40 faculty administrators representing all eight RBHS schools have participated in the program since the program’s inception in 2018. For more information regarding the Academic Leadership Program at RBHS, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department Leaders Program–New Brunswick
The Center for Faculty Success in the Office of the Chancellor-Provost at Rutgers-New Brunswick, in collaboration with the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership, have launched a Department Leaders Program (DLP-NB) for academic leaders in this key administrative role. For more information, please e-mail Dr. Laura Curran or Dr. Ralph Gigliotti.
Faculty Leaders Program—Camden
The Rutgers-Camden Office of the Provost, in collaboration with the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership, is pleased to introduce a new academic leadership program. The target audience for this pilot initiative includes faculty in a variety of leadership roles on campus (e.g., department chair, area head, graduate director) who are interested in knowledge acquisition and skill development in areas relevant to their current roles and potential future roles. For more information, please e-mail Dr. Naomi Marmorstein.
Personalized Coaching for Program Alumni
As an added benefit for the participants of our leadership development programs (RLA, ALP-RBHS, PLDA), the Center provides personalized leadership coaching services on a limited basis.
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