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 track. Tenure track faculty must be tenured to apply.

2023-2024 Dates and Topics

  • September 15 (all day):  Your Academic Leadership Path
  • October 6:                         Pressing Issues for Higher Ed
  • November 3:                     Knowing and Working with your Campus/Unit’s Culture
  • December 8:                     Prioritizing and Time Management
  • January 26 (all day):        Communications, Teams, and Conflict
  • February 2:                       Advocating and Raising Money in the Humanities
  • March 15:                          Applying to Leadership Roles
  • April 19:                             TBD
  • May 24 (all day):              Making Institutional Changes

* All meetings will take place on Fridays. The shorter meetings will be held in the morning. Attendance is expected at all sessions. Please check your campus and personal schedules before applying. 

2023-24 Applications and Info Session

Please apply by filling out the Google Form linked below.

Potential applicants are invited to a virtual information session on the Advanced Track on March 27th at 4:00 pm. Email Bea Cusin ( to register and receive a Zoom link. 

Applications are due Monday, April 10th. Selected participants will be notified in early May of the committee’s decision.

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