Candidate Criteria and Selection

Leadership University engages UA leaders to make a great institution even better. 

The 2015-16 cohort is expected to consist of individuals currently serving in leadership positions on campus. While it is clearly important to provide leadership development opportunities for individuals at all levels of responsibility, from entry level to very senior, Leadership U is not aimed at beginning managers or individuals aspiring to assume leadership roles.

The selection process favors individuals functioning at higher levels in the organization with substantive influence over mission-driven activities. LU Advisory Board members conduct the screening and interviewing with the objective of creating a cohort with experiences that are different in theme, or "content" but similar in scope or "level," so as to optimize mutual learning within the group. In other words, the process seeks to create a cohort that is diverse in areas of influence across the campus but congruent in complexity of leadership experience and opportunity for influence.

Staff who are at entry levels or exploring leadership opportunities may take advantage of other programs offered by The University of Alabama such as those offered by UA Human Resources and the College of Continuing Studies.

2015-2016 Leadership U Class

The class is expected to have both faculty and staff participants.

Ideal faculty candidates will be individuals currently serving in administrative roles and interested in continuing administrative work.  Faculty selected for Leadership U will also participate in the SECU Academic Leadership Development Program in one of their two years in Leadership U. 

Ideal staff candidates will be managers at the director or assistant/associate director level with a track record for consistent excellence in progressively more demanding positions.  Professional staff, regardless of title, poised for advancement into leadership positions will be considered.

  • Criteria to be considered will include:
  • Level and scope of current leadership responsibilities
  • Compatibility of personal goals with the objectives of Leadership U
  • Diversity of campus responsibility areas
  • Capacity for substantive influence of UA mission and vision
  • Support of the supervisor/superior


Building the Learning Community 2015-2016 Schedule

  • January 15, 2015 - Orientation
  • March 30-31, 2015 - Mission and Vision
  • September 21-22, 2015 - People and Relationships
  • April 4-5, 2016 - Resources and Infrastructure
  • September 12-13, 2016 - Thriving in the Learning Community
  • December 2016 - Graduation


Note: To gain the most from Leadership University, participants are expected to attend all sessions. Each of the 4 UA-specific sessions is designed as a unique blend of session themes, guest speakers and participant interactions, not easily made up. A submitted application is interpreted as a commitment to full participation in all courses. Session dates are provided so applicants can check for conflicts prior to applying.

Applications must be submitted through the online application process.