The Leadership Education for Advancement and Promotion (LEAP) program began at CU Boulder in 2001 as an Institutional Transformation Grant funded by the National Science Foundation ($3.5 million) and the University of Colorado Boulder ($900,000). The following seven years were an effort to strike a balance between research, workshops, and events with the goal to recruit and retain faculty on the Boulder campus. With support from now Chancellor Phil DiStefano, LEAP has become an institutionalized program fully funded by the University of Colorado Boulder and housed in the Office of Faculty Affairs. Vice Provost Jeff Cox has played an integral role in creating an appropriate home for the program, increasing the role of the Office of Faculty Affairs in supporting the career development of the Boulder faculty.

For pre-tenured faculty, we run a two-day, skill-based workshop that includes sessions on time management, career development, and cultivating leadership skills. The sessions are presented by tenured faculty, administrators, and professional staff and the workshop seeks to connect the participants to the larger campus community. Working together over the course of the two-day workshop, participants have an opportunity to meet colleagues from across the campus and realize that they are not ‘alone’ in navigating the tenure path.

Introductory Leadership Workshop

LEAP offers the Introductory Leadership Workshop twice annually, in early January (before the beginning of the spring semester) and in mid-May (after the end of the academic year). This 2- day long, skill-based workshop is designed to help assistant professors understand the particular challenges of navigating the tenure track. One of the key goals of the workshop is to provide the participants with a greater understanding of the campus community and structure.

For questions regarding the LEAP Introductory Leadership Workshop please contact:  Francisca Antman, Faculty Director for Early-Career Faculty: francisca.antman@colorado.edu.