Advanced Track

Building Academic Leaders in the Humanities

Advanced Track Info Session

The Advanced Track Info session was held on April 10, 4-5pm via Zoom.

The Info session was recorded and can made available upon request. Please email Assistant Director Diana Marginean at if you would like to receive the recording.


Applications are now open until April 26, 2024.

Please fill out the application form below and email your CV separately (as Word or PDF) to Assistant Director Diana Marginean at

Program Highlights

The Advanced track is designed for faculty who want to explore campus-wide leadership opportunities and who have some administrative or leadership experience. With a smaller cohort of fifteen, this track focuses on group discussions and problem solving as participants build leadership skills and capacity. Through this program, participants will learn from both current Five College leaders and each other as they engage with workshops, case studies, and reflective practice over the course of the academic year. The Advanced track meets for three 1-day retreats and six shorter 90-minute meetings. In addition to these meetings, participating faculty will also select and meet regularly with a mentor throughout the year who will advise them on their leadership growth. This program includes a $4,000 participatory stipend and a $2,500 travel stipend for attendance at a leadership conference.

Eligible Faculty:

  • Currently teach in the humanities or humanistic social sciences.
  • Have some administrative or leadership experience at the department, center, or committee level.
  • Want to learn more about a campus-wide leadership role or are currently serving in such a role.
  • Tenured faculty, or faculty who are off the tenure line (e.g., professor of the practice), are eligible to apply. Tenure-track faculty are ineligible to apply.

2024-25 Dates and Topics

  • September 13 (all day):    Your Academic Leadership Path 
  • October 25:                         Incorporating DEI Goals into Leadership Work 
  • November 15:                     Authentic leadership and Self-Care 
  • December 13:                     Prioritizing and Time Management
  • January 31 (all day):          Conflict and Leadership 
  • February 28:                       Advocating for the Humanities on your Campus
  • March 28:                            Applying to Leadership Roles 
  • May 2:                                  Crisis Management
  • May 21 (all day):                Making Institutional Changes 

* All meetings but the last one will take place on Fridays. The shorter meetings will be held in the morning.  

Information for current program participants can be found here.

Past Session Calendar

  • September 15 (all day):  Your Academic Leadership Path | Amherst College
  • October 6:                         Incorporating DEI Goals into Leadership Work | Hampshire College
  • November 3:                     Authentic leadership and Self-Care | Smith College
  • December 8:                     Prioritizing and Time Management | UMass
  • January 26 (all day):        Conflict and Leadership | Mt Holyoke College
  • February 16:                     Advocating for the Humanities on your Campus | Amherst College
  • March 15:                          Applying to Leadership Roles | UMass
  • April 19:                             Crisis Management | Hampshire College
  • May 22 (all day):              Making Institutional Changes | Smith College

* All meetings will take place on Fridays. The shorter meetings will be held in the morning.  

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