NMSU program offers faculty chance to flex their leadership muscles

March 24, 2010 by Audry Olmsted @NMSU the online newsletter for NMSU staff and faculty.

New Mexico State University is fostering leaders in a program aimed at helping faculty advance their professional careers.

The ADVANCING Leaders Program is now accepting applications for its 2010-2011 session.

“The goal of the program focuses on faculty developing leadership skills so they can serve our students, our university and our state better,” said Pam Hunt, director of the ADVANCE Program. “Leadership is an important component of that faculty career.”

As part of the program, participants attend an off-campus retreat, take a StrengthsFinder self-assessment review, attend monthly sessions with speakers and participate in a “Provost’s Project.” For this, participants propose a project that can be developed and implemented over the course of a year. Each faculty member also receives individual mentoring from a person who has graduated from the program.

Participants must be a tenured faculty, an academic department head or a dean of a college or Cooperative Extension Service to be eligible to apply, although other interested persons who hold faculty positions will be considered as well.

The leadership program started in 2004 and to date has graduated 68 leaders who have gone on to fill such roles as department head, associate dean and dean in the different colleges at the university.

Hunt said this program is beneficial to any faculty member, whether they want to move into a leadership position at the university or simply sharpen their skills.

“Faculty should sign up for this program so that they can learn about themselves and heighten their ability to contribute to their own career and to the university as a leader,” Hunt said. “The people who feel that they want to be better leaders, or who want to explore the whole concept of better leadership, will truly benefit by signing up for this program.”

The deadline to apply for the program is April 1. Accepted faculty will be notified on May 1. For more information about the program and application process, contact Hunt at (575) 646-2583 or visit http://www.advance.nmsu.edu/Initiatives/Leaders/index.html#project.

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