• Emerging Leaders Program

    Emerging Leaders Program 2022


    Early- to mid-career academic and administrative emerging leaders who are exploring opportunities to advance to mid-level administrative positions.

    2022 Timeline and Format

    The 2022 Emerging Leaders Program will take place from June to December 2022.

    Programming will be delivered in a blended format, including:

    • Six 2-hour interactive virtual sessions (monthly, May and August-December)
    • A 1 ½ day intensive at AASCU’s Washington, DC office, June 15-17, 2022
    • Five one-hour optional networking and reflection sessions (monthly, May and August-November)
    • A participant-led project or initiative (more on this below)

    The cohort is limited to 30 participants.

    Purpose and Objectives

    ELP is designed to prepare the next generation of higher education administrators to be effective leaders; to view every decision through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens; and to further their institutions’ path to equitable student success.

    Participants will:

    1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of the academy and how they relate to each other. Participants will learn from experienced AASCU presidents, senior leaders, and national experts in leadership and student success. Sessions will include theoretical knowledge, practical application, and case study discussions.
    2. Develop critical skills for leading institutional change. Participants will learn and practice leadership, project and change management, and team building skills. 
    3. Build a strong and supportive network of peers. The program includes many opportunities to work together, network, and share experiences and best practices.
    4. Demonstrate leadership skills by leading an on-campus project or initiative. Participants will work with their president/chancellor or cabinet level administrator to identify and lead a project or initiative to apply, demonstrate, and strengthen their leadership skills. The campus leader will provide mentorship and guidance throughout the project/initiative.

    To Apply

    Applications for the 2022 cohort are due Friday, February 11, 2022, and must include:

    • An application form, submitted by completing this fillable PDF or by responding to the prompts outlined in the application and submitting it to leadershipdevelopment@aascu.org.
    • A signed endorsement from a president, chancellor, or cabinet-level administrator supporting the nominee’s candidacy for ELP and endorsing their qualifications Nominators should submit the letter to leadershipdevelopment@aascu.org. A template endorsement page is provided for your convenience.
    • A one-page description of a project/initiative planned by the candidate in collaboration with their nominator. It should include the significance of the project to the university, the learning and leadership opportunities the applicant would gain by accomplishing the project/initiative, and the designated mentor who will guide and advise the implementation process. Click here for a sample description.
    • A current copy of the candidate’s resume or CV, whichever is most current. 

    These materials can be submitted in four separate documents, we do not require that applications are combined into one file. All applicants will be notified in early March.

    More Information:

    The ELP Experience

    Experience in ELP allows participants to determine where they fit in the academy and to envision what their career path might look like, including a concrete next step. Participants graduate with the skills, connections, and support necessary to navigate the transition to administrative roles and also gain a national network of motivated peers.

    Additionally, ELP provides the opportunity for participants to assess their individual leadership style and strengths and to apply the skills learned in the instructional portion of the program to a project/initiative on their home campus over the course of the academic year.

    The 2022 program will cover the following topic areas:

    • Title IX Campus Accountability
    • Social Media Best Practices
    • Fundraising and Alumni Relations
    • Finance and Administration
    • Academic Affairs
    • Project Management/Change Management
    • The Role of Government Relations
    • Change Management
    • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
    • Managing Staff and Faculty
    • Navigating the Search Process

    ELP Faculty

    ELP has convened an impressive faculty of current and former presidents, chancellors, and subject matter experts.

    Project Work

    Participants will lead a project or initiative at their home campuses over the course of the 2022 academic year, under the guidance of a designated mentor. Click here to review project mentor guidelines.

    Examples of university projects include the following: 

    • Chairing or co-chairing a division, university-wide committee, or task force that requires working with multiple constituencies
    • Managing a project for a division or university strategic initiative
    • Conducting a research project that investigates an important challenge the university faces and provides an opportunity for the participant to influence campus decision-makers using data   

    Registration Fees

    • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $2,000
    • Participants from non-member institutions: $3,000

    The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensive, and all materials.

    Scholarships are available to accepted applicants from qualifying institutions.

    Register no later than April 1, 2022.

    Cancellation Fees

    • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $500
    • Participants from non-member institutions: $750

    Cancellations received in writing by March 15 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received by April 4 will incur the above administrative fees. Refunds are not available for cancellations after April 4. Email Susannah Rodrigue at rodrigues@aascu.org and include “ELP Cancellation” in the subject line. 

    Refunds are processed 30 days from date of cancellation.



    Kathleen Scott
    Vice President for Leadership Development and Partnerships

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