National Science Foundation

ADVANCE Leadership Institute

Call for Applications

As part of UTPA’s National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant Attracting and Nurturing Women Faculty at a Hispanic-Serving Institution, we have established the UTPA ADVANCE Leadership Institute to enhance faculty and leadership development opportunities at UT Pan American. While the goal of the NSF ADVANCE grant is to increase the representation and advancement of female faculty in STEM (science, technology, mathematics, and engineering) fields, we encourage the participation of all tenure-track and tenured faculty members employed at UTPA, regardless of gender, college, or academic discipline.

The second cohort of this Institute will be held during the Spring 2014 semester. It will launch with a kick-off luncheon event on Thursday, January 16th and end with a graduation luncheon on April 25th. In between, eight sessions will be held on Friday afternoons, from 12:00-4:30 p.m., throughout the semester. Lunch will be provided. Participants are required to attend all eight sessions. In addition, Institute participants are strongly encouraged to attend a special training workshop on diversity-related issues in the hiring/recruitment process, scheduled on Friday January 24th. See the attached tentative program for more details.

Faculty who successfully complete the Leadership Institute by attending all sessions will receive a $500 stipend and will be presented with a certificate at the final reception on April 25th. Moreover, the Leadership Institute participants will be matched with a mentor to support their career and leadership development. The mentors, who can be internal or external to UTPA and may or may not be in academia, will also receive a $500 stipend.1 When possible, the Leadership Institute will match participants to their mentor of choice; see the application form for details. Finally, upon successful completion of the Leadership Institute, faculty will be eligible to apply for an administrative Faculty Fellow position for the 2014-2015 academic year. We anticipate 4-5 such positions, beginning in Fall 2014.

All tenure-track and tenured faculty members are encouraged to apply. Due to the limited number of slots (25) for the Spring 2014 program, we request that interested faculty email a completed application form (attached) and a one-page Statement of Interest to no later than Monday September 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Any questions? Contact Dr. Marie Mora, Vice Provost Fellow for Faculty Affairs ( or 3257).

Program – Spring 2014

Session and Topic Day Date Time
Introduction and Kickoff * Thursday 16-Jan 12-1:30 pm
Session I – Role of the Leader Friday 17-Jan 12-4:30 pm
Special Training Workshop – Diversity-Related
Issues in Hiring/Recruitment
Friday 24-Jan TBA
Session II –Decision Making/Problem Solving Friday 31-Jan 12-4:30 pm
Session III – Be the Change Friday 14-Feb 12-4:30 pm
Session IV – Strategic Planning in Higher Ed Friday 21-Feb 12-4:30 pm
Session V – Finding Your Balance Friday 7-Mar 12-4:30 pm
Session VI – Conflict Management/Resolution Friday 21-Mar 12-4:30 pm
Session VII – Collaborate to Compete Friday 4-Apr 12-4:30 pm
Session VIII – Reaching the Deal Friday 11-Apr 12-4:30 pm
Graduation and Reception
Friday 25-Apr 12-2:00 pm

*The guest speaker will be Erin Wolf, author of Lessons from the Trenches: A Woman’s Guide to Winning the Corporate Game and If I knew Then What I Know Now: Secrets to Career Success from Top Women Leaders. Erin is currently the Executive Director of the Women’s Leadership Center at Kennesaw State University where she creates, delivers and oversees initiatives that help women students and professionals reach their fullest potential.