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Provost Faculty Administrative Leadership Program Launches

Office of the ProvostDec 14, 2017

Fostering faculty leaders at Pacific who are interested in higher education administration is integral to the future of Pacific. Pacific is committed to developing capable leaders in higher education who are interested in being catalysts for change. To this end, the Provost is pleased to announce the establishment of the Provost Faculty Administrative Leadership program (PFAL). By working on specific projects important to advancing Pacific, the PFAL program will provide an opportunity for faculty members to expand their knowledge and understanding of priorities in the Academic Division. Fellows will develop an understanding of the challenges facing administration in higher education and pursue opportunities for growth and improvement while engaging in an administrative project.

As professional development was one of the priorities emphasized in the COACHE Survey completed in spring 2015, the goal of the PFAL program is to support professional development for Pacific faculty members who are interested in leadership in higher education. This is also an opportunity to develop competencies such as broad thinking, increased self-awareness, relationship building, an enhanced understanding of administrative roles at Pacific and hands-on administrative work.

Fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop leadership and administrative skills 
  • Familiarize themselves with university-wide academic initiatives, strategic planning, budget management and current trends in higher education
  • Meet with senior level administrators, observe and attend meetings within the Office of the Provost
  • Participate in professional development conferences
  • Under the supervision of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, undertake a jointly agreed-upon project, designed collaboratively to reflect individual interests and long-term career goals and of importance to the Academic Division and the university. 

Focus Area Initiatives 2018
Several academic administrative initiatives that support the goals of faculty development at Pacific are either ongoing or ready to begin. To continue to support these initiatives, we are looking for a PFAL Fellow for one to two semesters with an option for a summer 2018 appointment.

All full-time tenured faculty who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and non-tenure track faculty who have taught at Pacific for more than five years are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those with the rank of Professor in recognition that this status is often a prerequisite for consideration of advancement into administration.

Possible projects for this academic year include:

  • Mid-career Faculty Development - Develop the framework for faculty development at mid-career. The Fellow will investigate needs of faculty at mid career and develop a plan to support mid-career faculty to achieve their academic goals. 
  • Continuity Plan for the Academic Division - Develop standard operating procedures for the continuance of services during a disaster
  • Undertake a project of importance to the academic division and university under the supervision of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. Interested faculty may propose to undertake a project (a) from an established list of needs or (b) designed by the faculty member to address a self-identified need. 

Expectations and compensation
Faculty Fellows are eligible for a one-course release, or comparable compensation, per semester during their appointment and will be required to attend at least one professional development conference selected in collaboration with the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. The appointments will generally be a 20% commitment and usually one semester in length. Summer fellowships for faculty on 9- or 10-month appointments will also be considered. Fellows will develop a work plan for the term of the fellowship and complete a final report at the end of the fellowship.

How to apply
Interested faculty members must submit:

  • Letter of interest (no more than two pages) describing their interest in the Fellowship and how their background and skills are a potential fit with this opportunity
  • Current curriculum vita
  • Endorsement letter from their department chair (if applicable) and from their dean

Please send application materials directly to by Feb. 1. . Questions can be directed to Berit Gundersen, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at

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