SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) Fellows

The University of Georgia’s SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) Fellowship allows faculty 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 and early career administrators from within the Southeastern Conference universities.”

The goal of UGA’s ALDP 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.

A list of past SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows can be found here.

Fellowship Year
Up to four outstanding individuals are selected each academic year to serve as UGA ALDP Fellows. During the fellowship year, they gather at monthly intervals to meet with senior campus leaders and participate in leadership development activities tailored to the cohort’s interests. In addition, fellows attend two SEC ALDP Workshops hosted by different SEC schools in October and in February. These workshops address varied topics, such as conflict resolution, instructional initiatives, operations, budgeting, emergency preparedness, accreditation, and accountability, and follow a format designed to maximize interaction among the Fellows. Case studies, group discussions, and other group exercises are incorporated into the workshops.

Selection Process
Senior administrators and deans of all schools and colleges are invited to nominate one individual each year for an ALDP Fellowship, with the exception of the colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Education and Veterinary Medicine, which each may forward two nominations, and the Franklin College, which may forward one nomination from each of its five divisions. 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 Academic Programs
The University of Georgia
225 New College
Athens, GA 30602-1651

Or via email to Dr. Meg Amstutz (

The application deadline is April 6, 2018.

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. Meg Amstutz,, 706-542-0547.