Currently, humanities faculty are under-represented in academic leadership. Through a 3-year $1.6 million Mellon Foundation grant, the Building Academic Leaders in the Humanities Program aims to build a pipeline of humanities faculty into leadership roles by providing targeted workshops, opportunities to practice leadership skills, space for reflection, and community. This grant-funded program is currently entering its second year – both the Introductory and Advanced tracks will also run in the 2024-25 academic year.
Two Tracks for Humanities Faculty
The program contains two tracks: an Introductory and an Advanced track, that are aimed at mid-career humanities and humanistic social science faculty who are currently in or considering taking on leadership roles on their campuses and beyond. The Introductory program is aimed at faculty just stepping into a leadership role at the department, unit, or center level. The Advanced program suits faculty with some administrative experience who are curious about or currently serving in a campus-wide leadership role, such as dean, associate dean, committee chair, and the like.
Stipends for Participants
Both the Introductory and Advanced programs offer a chance to connect with peers across the consortium and hear from leaders and experts in key areas of academic administration. In order to get the most from this selective program, participants are asked to dedicate a significant amount of time to attending and reflecting on the group sessions over the course of a full academic year. In recognition of this time commitment and to support participants’ full engagement with the program, all attendees will receive participatory stipends. In order to encourage participants to explore the national landscape of higher-ed administration, participants also receive a travel stipend to fund their attendance at a national conference outside of their discipline.
Click on the links below to find out more about each track.
The Building Academic Leaders program is directed collaboratively by the Leadership Team, with administrative support from Five Colleges Inc. This team, listed below, includes members of all five campuses, as well as Five Colleges staff:
Principal Investigator: Sarah Pfatteicher - Executive Director, Five Colleges, Inc.
Faculty Director: Pawan Dhingra - Associate Provost and Associate Dean of the Faculty, Amherst College
Assistant Director: Diana Marginean, Five Colleges, Inc.