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 Suzanne Soled. Preference is given to Associate Professors and Senior Instructors, although all ranks are welcome to apply.


FLI Projects

Class of 2015-2016

Series of invited presentations featuring research, pedagogy, or creative works by CU Boulder faculty and presented to CU Boulder faculty and administration.

Create a campus-wide and national dialogue regarding how best to define, evaluate, and reward the unique work of Instructors and Senior Instructors as central contributors to the undergraduate experience.

Two-year working group to enhance diversity and improve classroom climate by developing an annual faculty workshop on classroom culture, developing a clearinghouse of resources on campus, and identifying other issues and potential solutions.

Class of 2014-2015

Through the ePortfolio experience, a student can actively participate in the academic process by including reflections on lessons, projects, or their involvement in campus programs or community activities. ePortfolios blend professional and personal aspects to create a holistic view of a student during their academic experience.

Through improved citizen engagement we can improve public perception of CU-Boulder and the value that it brings to the community, provide opportunities for community-engaged learning and scholarship to students and faculty, and facilitate recruitment of high quality students within the state.

Provide mechanisms for adjuncts to participate in campus affairs and decision making, to be able to access faculty programs, create a policy on compensation for extra work, provide an annual evaluation procedure, and increase adjunct compensation/convert to instructors. Restructure tuition benefits for GPTIs and TAs.

Class of 2013-2014

Implement rewards for good teaching, support for research, facilitate a new course for interested units aimed at improving information fluency early in an academic program.

Leadership and civic-mindedness can be enhanced through discussing and committing to change in the faculty reward structure. The changing nature of CU-Boulder requires a move to greater porosity and flexibility which requires a reward structure that can accommodate that demand.

Improve communication to foster a strong sense of faculty involvement, support collaboration, and encourage commitment to institutional goals. To also develop a more collaborative environment that fosters innovation and is responsive to changing societal needs.

Create innovative approaches to teaching that address the 21st century learner, modernize course content and delivery, foster cross-disciplinary education to develop awareness of global nature of problems and solutions, and allow opportunities to enhance teaching through training.