SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) Fellows

The University of Georgia’s SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) Fellowship provides an opportunity for faculty to work closely with select senior administrators (Mentors) to gain valuable knowledge and experience in academic leadership. The program is part of a broader initiative involving the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference, known as the Academic Leadership Development Program.

The mission of the SEC ALDP is “to identify, develop, prepare, and advance faculty as academic leaders in and for the Southeastern Conference universities.”

Up to four outstanding individuals are selected each year to serve as UGA ALDP Fellows under the mentorship of a senior administrator or dean. In addition to working with their Mentors, Fellows will also participate as ALDP Fellows in two SEC ALDP Workshops to be hosted by different participating schools each year. These workshops will address topics such as conflict resolution, emergency preparedness, structure and operations, budgeting, accreditation, and accountability.

The goal of UGA’s ALDP and the related SEC program is to expose faculty interested in administration to the challenges and rewards of such institutional service, and to prepare them for potential leadership positions within the academy. Whether or not a Fellow ultimately chooses to pursue an administrative position in the future, the program will, at a minimum, provide him or her with a better appreciation for and understanding of how the university operates.

Fellowship Year
Each year, the ALDP Fellows will have the opportunity to work with one or more members of the university’s senior administration, depending upon the Fellow’s specific area of interest, as well as administrative needs. The pool of potential administrators may vary from year to year, and applicants may indicate suggestions for potential mentors as part of their application. Confirmation of mentor/applicant pairings will take place following selection of the successful candidates.

The Fellows will work with their Mentors to develop activity plans for the year based on identified needs and professional goals. Activities should be directed toward maximizing the Fellows’ opportunities to interact with individuals from all levels of UGA’s administration and should permit them to observe and participate in decision-making processes as much as possible.While there will undoubtedly be variations in the structure and content of the experiences of each ALDP Fellow, all should meet regularly with their Mentors.

The commencement and duration of each fellowship will vary depending upon individual schedules and plans.

In addition, all Fellows are required to attend the two SEC ALDP Workshops that will be scheduled during the fall (October) and spring (February) of their fellowship year. These workshops are hosted by SEC institutions and will follow a format designed to maximize interaction among the Fellows. Case studies, group discussions, and other group exercises will be incorporated into the workshops.

Selection Process
Senior administrators and deans of all schools and colleges are invited to nominate one individual for an ALDP Fellowship. To be eligible, a nominee must be a tenured faculty member or have a standing appointment as service or administrative faculty. Nominees are expected to possess strong leadership experience, as well as outstanding records of achievement in their current and past positions, along with a sincere interest in administrative service.

The nomination must take the form of a letter of no more than two pages that describes the academic leadership qualities of the nominee and elaborates upon his or her contributions to the academic unit and to the University. Each nomination must be accompanied by an application completed by the nominee. 

The nominees’ materials should be sent by the nominating senior administrators or deans to: Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) Fellows Selection Committee, Office of Faculty Affairs, University of Georgia, 225 New College, Athens, GA 30602-1651. The application deadline is Friday, April 7, 2017.

The selection process will take place during the spring semester of each academic year, with decisions announced in May.

Questions regarding the Academic Leadership Development Program or the selection process should be directed to Dr. Sarah Covert,, 706-542-9389.