The Academic Leadership Academy (ALA) is a comprehensive leadership development and training program and serves as a hub for academic unit leaders to access learning and mentoring opportunities offered at OSU. The ALA expands upon the leadership workshops and trainings that have been provided through the Provost’s Office since 2010. With a reorganized structure, the ALA also continues the important work of the OSU ADVANCE program. The ALA further encompasses mentoring programs and communities of practices for academic leaders who are interested in pursuing focused small group developmental opportunities.

Overview of the Academic Leadership Academy (ALA)

A well-organized leadership training and development program focused on training new academic leaders, providing continuing education for current academic leaders, and developing the pipeline of academic leaders.

Academic unit leaders are department chairs and heads, school directors, deans, vice president for research, vice provosts, and selected others with authority over faculty and students.


  • A well-designed and coherent mix of training that is realistic as to time commitments of leaders and training needs.
  • Aggregates training from various internal and external collaborating units.
  • Uses credible trainers, often in co-delivery format with subject matter experts and trainers with experience in academic unit leadership (former department heads, chairs, deans, vice provosts, etc.).

The Office of the Senior Vice Provost is responsible for coordination among collaborating units.


  • Internal to OSU: Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA), Office of Human Resources (OHR), Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), Research Office (RO), Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA), Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Ecampus, Libraries and Press, Academic Colleges.
  • External to OSU: National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), NSF ADVANCE Network, National Academies Action Collaborative, external speakers.


    • The Academic Leadership Summit scheduled for September 14, 2020. The goals of the Summit are to welcome and introduce new academic leaders to the university and to their peers; share and discuss resources for success as a leader at OSU; and to facilitate mentoring and collaboration amongst university leaders.


    • New Leaders Retreat, a 2-3 day retreat for aspiring and new leaders which will take place in rotating locations (OSU-Cascades, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Portland Center).
    • OSU ADVANCE, including remote delivery events for fall and winter, and the summer Seminar.
    • Women-in-Leadership lunches featuring 2 speakers per term for 20-25 participants (for aspiring, new and current leaders).
    • Action Collaborative for STEM and Inclusive Research Leadership Training.



    • The Provost Fellows Program is designed to complement our leadership training by providing focused leadership and administrative experience for tenured faculty members who aspire to leadership positions.
    • Communities of Practice are available to academic leaders who would like to organize and lead a small group of peers to focus on particular topics of interest and importance to the university. Potential topics for AY20-21 include: leading in times of uncertainty; advancing anti-racism and social justice through leadership; nuts and bolts of unit management; amplifying your voice through thought leadership; Action Collaborative on Sexual Harassment and Racism in the Academy.
    • Executive onboarding for new senior leaders.