The Faculty Leadership Institute is a program and space for faculty across the University of Colorado Boulder campus to work together to break down barriers and build community, collaboration, and connectedness across schools, programs, and departments. The Faculty Leadership Institute also offers each cohort the opportunity to engage in targeted discussions with campus leaders on current campus issues.
A group of 12-15 self- or peer-nominated faculty are chosen to make up the new leadership class each year. The group meets regularly with senior members of the University administration, including the Chancellor, the Provost, Vice-Chancellors, and Deans, as well as leaders at the forefront of key campus initiatives such as the IDEA Plan. During these meetings, each leader explains what their particular part of the university does, how it functions, what impact that segment has upon the activities of the university as a whole, and how faculty are affected. For the participants, these sessions provide a unique opportunity to engage in an open conversation with these individuals on topics that are of concern to the faculty. Approximately halfway through the year, the cohort splits into smaller groups to brainstorm projects that provide faculty the opportunity to affect sustainable change in areas of need on campus (see links below, under FLI Projects, for examples from previous years).
Formal meetings of the leadership cohort occur monthly, with informal get-togethers occurring more frequently to encourage and build upon the relationships between participants (current COVID restrictions dictate all official activities as virtual until further notice).
Faculty members interested in either nominating a faculty member to participate in FLI or are interested in participating should send a short paragraph describing their interest in the program and the name of a reference, or the individual they are nominating, to Robin Bernstein. Preference is given to Associate Professors and Senior Instructors, although all ranks are welcome to apply.