The Center for Faculty Excellence provides all faculty with development opportunities to build knowledge and skills needed to successfully carry out their leadership and organizational responsibilities at various stages of their career.

CFE faculty and academic leadership programs include open enrollment sessions for all faculty and several cohort programs through Dean’s nominations.

Faculty Leadership Development Open Enrollment Programs

These workshops are open to all faculty of any level and cover topics that are important at all stages of a career.
Do you want to have the skills and tools to assist you as a faculty to be more confident, effective, and efficient leaders on campus and in your respective fields? Our leadership learning framework consists of a Foundations Series and an Advanced Series. Often faculty leaders find it productive to participate in the foundational skills as an initial start to enhance learning in the advanced topics.

This foundational series is an open enrollment program for all faculty including tenure track, non-tenure track, fixed term, contract, and adjunct. It focuses on professional and leadership skills necessary for faculty regarding collaboration and relationship building with colleagues, staff, students, and others. Leadership models and tools support learning and application. The leadership topics will apply to early, new, mid-career, and senior faculty.

Session Topic Date
Building Relationships with Others

Listening Effectively

Giving and Receiving Feedback

October 24, 2019 Register Here
Managing Conflict Effectively (Styles) November 21, 2019 Register Here
Leaders teaching leaders is one of the most powerful options to build a culture of leadership. CFE will recruit a variety of internal faculty leaders to provide their own ‘leadership expertise’ and develop other faculty and academic leaders. This focused series is titled The 3-Cs: Collegiality, Communications, and Collaboration. Learn More

Session Topic Date
Building Relationships with Others
Steve May January 10, 2020 Register Here
Rebecca Wilder February 28, 2020 Register Here
Dawn Henderson March 19, 2020 Register Here
Vaughn Upshaw April 17, 2020 Register Here

Cohort-Nominated Leadership Programs

These Leadership Programs work to equip faculty leaders with the knowledge and skills to more effectively lead. Please note these programs require a nomination by a Dean, so if interested please contact your Dean.

Leadership Fundamentals is a cohort program for current, experienced or newly appointed leaders. It is focused on key leadership assessments and topics. Participants will learn leadership concepts and models, build specific skills, and practice mastery of those skills through real case studies and small group mentoring and coaching. Leaders will focus on how to continue to develop those skills and complete a targeted and specific individual leadership development plan.

Topics Date
You as a Leader

Orientation Session

Building Leadership Community

Definitions and Approaches of Academic Leadership


Ethics, Integrity and Trust

September 18, 2019
11:30am to 2:00pm

Understanding Your Strengths/Style

MBTI and Communications

October 9, 2019
11:30am to 2:00pm

Leadership Architect

Individual Leadership Development Plan

November 6, 2019
11:30am to 2:00pm
You and Building Relationships with Others

Listening Effectively

Giving and Receiving Feedback

December 11, 2019
11:30am to 2:00pm
Managing Conflict Effectively (Styles) January 15, 2020
11:30am to 2:00pm
Building and Leading Academic Teams February 19, 2020
11:30am to 2:00pm

Building and Fostering Collaboration

Motivating Others

March 18, 2020
11:30am to 2:00pm
Coaching April 15, 2020
11:30am to 2:00pm
You and Your Development
Leadership Review May 6, 2020
(1/2 Day)
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Celebration and Executive Dialogue with Provost Bob Blouin
Luncheon Session
May 6, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM


The Faculty Administrator Development Program (FADP) is an extensive introduction and overview to UNC Administrative Groups and Services for current or newly appointed leaders. Participants will strengthen their network of support and contacts across UNC, become oriented to campus administrative systems, and develop as administrators and leaders.

Session Topic Date Facilitator(s)
Orientation Session September 13
June Merlino, CFE Associate Director for Faculty
Development in Leadership
Office of Human Resources September 27
Linc Butler, Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Office of University Counsel October 25 TBD, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel
Ombuds Office November 22 Dawn Osborne-Adams, University Ombuds; and Laurie Mesibov, Associate University Ombuds
Information Technology Services (ITS) December 6 Mike Barker, Associate VC for Research Computing and Chief Technology Officer; John Mack, Assistant VC for Infrastructure and Ops; Sandra Germenis, Assistant VC for User Support and Engagement
Finance and Administration January 17
Brian Smith, Senior Assistant Vice Chancellor
and Treasurer
University Libraries January 31 Elaine L. Westbrooks, University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries; and University Libraries Senior Team
Office of the Provost February 14 Ron Strauss, Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer; and Anne Lemmon, Assistant Provost for Academic Personnel
Diversity and Inclusion March 20 TBD- Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor
Office of Faculty Governance April 3 TBD, Chair of the Faculty, and Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics
UNC and its External Publics April 24 Tanya Moore, Associate Vice Chancellor, UNC Communications; Don Hobart, AVC for UNC Research; Regina Oliver, Editor and Director, Communications-General Alumni Association; and Mark Meares, Associate Vice Chancellor, Corporate and Foundations Relations

The Academic Leaders Network Program (ALN) is a targeted, intensive, leadership development program for experienced leaders focused on a comprehensive approach to leadership development, style, and skills. The program is a multi-institutional program (ACC Universities) formed to network academic leaders, share best practices and benchmarking, and foster collaboration across diverse organizations. The program structure consists of three sessions each hosted at a different participating university campus. These sessions are designed to build leadership awareness and effectiveness in the context of higher education, and facilitate conversations over a range of topics that support leadership growth in key areas across multiple spheres of influence. Each participating university selects an internal leadership liaison to support its leaders and assist with organizational outcomes. Learn more about the ALN

Session Topic On-Site Dates CFE Session Preparation Dates CFE Session Debrief Dates
University of Pittsburgh CFE Conference Room
You as a Leader October 3-5, 2019 Thursday, September 12, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Florida State University CFE Conference Room
Leading Others February 20-22, 2019 Friday, February 7, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Friday, March 6, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
NC State University CFE Conference Room
Developing Others May 12-14, 2020 Friday, May 1, 2020 Friday, May 22, 2020
ALN Program Benefits to the University CFE Goals
  • Access to an additional level of leadership development for promising academic leaders, building from existing campus programs
  • The ability to access and leverage information, perspectives, people, and approaches that no one university can offer on its own
  • Building internal leadership capacity, diversifying the leadership pool, facilitating succession planning, and developing internal networks and collaboration
  • Sharing and studying best practices and benchmarking across a diverse range of institutions, creating an enhanced ability to build departments, programs, and approaches that can result in competitive advantages
  • Seeding additional inter-institutional collaborations that will strengthen participating universities as well as overall Academic Consortium
  • Serve ALN Faculty Leaders as liaison to support vision, outcomes and leadership development opportunities
  • Create the ALN Faculty Leadership Peer Coaching group to support leaders to apply and implement leadership and organizational skills
  • Coach and consult individually with each faculty leader to develop specific skills to include an individual leadership development plan

Other Leadership Development Opportunities

Check out this list of internal and external resources for leadership development. Read More ›

Leadership Development Plan

Leadership development is a lifetime learning journey. Leaders take steps for learning using various opportunities by creating a tailored, individual leadership development plan. This plan enables the leader to focus on what is most important. Read More ›

Strategy and Approach

The CFE vision aims to create a continuous and deliberate ‘culture for leadership’ where all faculty and academic leaders model, mentor, and motivate students, colleagues, leaders, and other key collaborators to lead with passion, collaboration, and shared commitment to our mission and values.
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