Advanced Track

Building Academic Leaders in the Humanities

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 or workshop.

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.
  • May be on or off the tenure line. Tenure line faculty must be tenured to apply.

2023-2024 Dates and Topics

  • September 15 (all day):  Your Academic Leadership Path | Amherst College
  • October 6:                         Incorporating DEI Goals into Leadership Work | Hampshire College
  • November 3:                     Introducing a New Goal or Change and Avoiding Burnout | Smith College
  • December 8:                     Prioritizing and Time Management | UMass
  • January 26 (all day):        Oversight, Teams, and Conflict | Mt Holyoke College
  • February 16:                     Advocating and Raising Money in the Humanities | Amherst College
  • March 15:                          Applying to Leadership Roles | UMass
  • April 19:                             TBD | 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.  


Information for current program participants can be found here.

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