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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

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.

These workshops are open to all faculty of any level and cover topics that are important at all stages of a career. Learn more about Faculty Leaders programs.

Faculty Leaders Teaching Faculty Leaders Program 

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. Fall 2020 series outlined below. Check back for future sessions. 

Collaborating for Quality Decision-Making – October 30

  • Speaker: Vaughn Upshaw

Communicating Effectively and Understanding Your Style (DISC Styles & Tools) – November 13

  • Speaker: Rebecca Wilder

Faculty Leadership Foundations Series

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. Dates and times TBD. 

Foundations Session Topics

  • Listening Effectively: Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Managing Conflict Effectively (Styles)

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. Determine which program is right for you.

Leadership Fundamentals

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. Dates for 2020-21 series. 

Part One: You as a Leader

September 16, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Orientation Session
  • Building Leadership Community
  • Approaches to Academic Leadership
  • Values Identification

October 7, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Understanding Your Strengths/Style
  • MBTI and Communications

November 4, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Influencing Others

Part Two: You and Building Relationships with Others

December 9, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Listening Effectively
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback

January 13, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Managing Conflict Effectively (Styles)

February 17, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Building and Leading Academic Teams

March 17, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Building and Fostering Collaboration
  • Motivating Others

April 14, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Coaching

Part Three: You and Your Development

May 5, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Leadership Review
  • Leadership Development Plans
  • Continuous Journey

Celebration and Executive Dialogue Luncheon Session – May 5, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Faculty Administrator Development Program

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. Dates for 2020-21 series. 

Orientation Session – September 11

  • June Merlino, CFE Associate Director for Faculty Development in Leadership
  • Emily Boehm, CFE Faculty Development Consultant

Office of Human Resources – September 25

Ombuds Office – November 13

Office of University Counsel – October 23

Information Technology Services (ITS) – December 4

  • Mark Johnson, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Communication Technologies
  • Suzanne Cadwell, Director, ITS Teaching & Learning
  • Brent Caison, Director of ITS Open Systems
  • David Eckert, Managed IT Services Director
  • Alex Everett, IT Specialists

Finance and Administration – January 15

University Libraries – January 29

  • Elaine L. Westbrooks, University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries
  • University Libraries Senior Team

Office of the Provost – February 12

  • Ron Strauss, Executive Vice Provost
  • Sara Reese, Director of Executive Talent Development

Diversity and Inclusion – March 26

  • Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, Interim Chief Diversity Officer
  • Gretchen Bellamy, Senior Director for Education, Operations and Initiatives

Office of Faculty Governance – April 9

UNC and its External Publics – April 23

  • Tanya Moore, Associate Vice Chancellor, UNC Communications
  • Don Hobart, AVC for UNC Research
  • Regina Oliver, Editor and Director, Communications-General Alumni Association
  • Mark Meares, Associate Vice Chancellor, Corporate and Foundations Relations

Academic Leaders Network Program (ALN)

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.

Other Leadership Development Opportunities

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


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. Create a Leadership Development Plan.


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. Learn more about CFE’s approach.