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Our Office is willing to fund 50% of the cost of participation of a limited number of faculty members in these programs.  We invite you to consider the following:

HERS (Higher Education Resource Services):  The HERS program is a residential program in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania which takes place each summer (this year, from July 10 – 22, 2017).  HERS is open to women only, and focuses on women in faculty, staff, and administrative roles in higher education to further develop their leadership ability and management skills.  The application deadline is February 15, 2016, and applications are being accepted now.  The fee for tuition and meals is $7499 per faculty member.  (In the past, local participants have sometimes commuted to the program; there is also a housing option.) 

Aspen Institute’s Wye Faculty Seminar: The 2017 Wye Faculty Seminar on Citizenship in the American and Global Polity, modeled in the tradition of The Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, takes place from July 16-21, 2017 on their Wye River Campus on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The Seminar assists professors in relating their teaching to broad issues of citizenship in the American polity and beyond, by providing a forum to exchange ideas with colleagues from other colleges and other disciplines while probing ideas and values that underlie their teaching and the lives they lead as liberally educated persons. The application deadline is April 15, 2017.  The total fee including tuition, meals, and housing is $2,975 for each Fellow.

Salzburg Global Seminar: Salzburg Global Seminar has always invested in rising leaders as an essential part of long-term change management. Online and through events around the world, Salzburg Global nurtures ongoing relationships and engagement, and hosts vibrant cross-sector discussions to stimulate the exchange of new ideas and innovative practices. The Fellowship department is designed to serve Salzburg Global Fellows by helping them to reach broader audiences when communicating organizational and individual success stories and by connecting them with valuable new contacts in their region or thematic field, thereby creating long term collaborative hubs as drivers for global change. View their 2017 offerings at (deadlines for different programs vary).

ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine): The ELAM program offers an intensive one-year fellowship of leadership training with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry and public health. The ELAM program has been specially developed for senior women faculty at the associate or full professor level who demonstrate the greatest potential for assuming executive leadership positions at academic health centers within the next five years. ELAM's program fee is $13,600, which covers 19 days in session, distance learning activities throughout the fellowship year, course materials, faculty/facilitators, conference site expenses, continuing education fees, special events and most meals for the fellows. Applications are due on January 15, 2017. Nominations and recommendations are due January 29, 2017.

Please send the names and CVs of any faculty members you wish to nominate for this fee-splitting arrangement by the respective application deadlines to  Nominations must come with a letter of support or other communication of endorsement from the dean.

Faculty Development Workshops Fall 2016

Please join us for the Office of the Provost's annual workshops for new department chairs, faculty leaders, and associate deans. These workshops are intended to orient and support new academic leaders, build skills for those on a leadership trajectory, and provide useful information to faculty involved in the important process of recruiting new colleagues.

All sessions are held from 12-1:30 pm in College Hall Room 205. Lunch is provided. Click on the link for any session to register. 

New Chairs and Associate Deans Orientation

* Required for new department chairs serving their first term. Please plan on attending one session. These sessions are also useful to new associate deans.

Monday, September 19 OR
Thursday, September 29

Search Committee Orientation

* Helpful for anyone serving on a search committee; covers latent bias and discrimination, widening the pool, and funding opportunities.

Monday, September 26 OR
Thursday, October 13

* A workshop on developing leadership skills and thinking, featuring Mike Useem, William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton School.

Monday, November 14

RCM Budget Management
* An introduction to the essential financial matters that shape decision-making at Penn and the basics of reading a departmental budget. Featuring Bonnie Gibson, Vice President of Vice President of Budget, and Trevor Lewis, Chief of Academic Finance and Planning.

Friday, November 4

Diversity Search Advisor (DSA) Orientation
* An introduction to the basics of the DSA role and an overview of latent bias research.
* New DSAs should plan on attending one session.

Thursday, September 22 OR
Monday, October 10

Faculty Development Workshops Spring 2016

Join us for our springtime workshops for faculty leaders.


Leading Teams and Emotional Intelligence

Thursday, April 14, 12-1:30 pm, lunch provided
College Hall Room 205

Part of being a successful faculty administrator is being able to “read” people - for example, recognizing that something you have done has hurt or upset a staff member rather than being surprised when s/he confronts you with it. In a presentation about this specific sub-skill of emotional intelligence, Sigal Barsade, Professor of Management at the Wharton School, will use the research knowledge and theory,  grounded in practical application, to help you examine your own ability in this skill set, and understand the factors in best being able to accurately read your own emotions and those of other people. 

Visual Thinking Strategies (“VTS”)

Wednesday, April 20, 12-1:30 pm, lunch provided
Institute for Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street

This session, facilitated by consultant and curator Dabney Hailey, will use the ICA collection to explore listening, learning, and communicating in an academic environment through guided discussions of works of art. The session will provide participants with skills to help them understand communications and influence, as well as a deeper understanding of the multiplicity of human perceptions. The group will reflect on how the method exemplifies best practices in effective leadership and models a learning culture within the workplace. Participants will practice techniques for stewarding rather than directing conversations (the skills of observing, asking, listening, paraphrasing, and framing); experience the impact of seeking and providing evidence-based reasoning; and consider how the method integrates conflict, ambiguity, mistakes, and multiple perspectives into problem-solving. The method has been developed for leaders of businesses, hospitals, museums, and universities.

More information about Dabney Hailey and VTS is available at: Hailey Group

To register or ask questions about any of these workshops, please contact us at or 898-4032.