The Faculty Executive Leadership Academy (FELA) is designed to identify, foster, and develop senior faculty members for leadership. This program will build on individuals’ previous leadership development experiences by providing first access to senior leadership and their decisions; offering close, and accessible, mentoring; and participating in the formulation of solutions and policies related to real problems and on-going issues.
First Cohort Selected
Nov 18, 2021 — Atlanta, GA
Four faculty members have been selected to participate in the first cohort of the two-year Faculty Executive Leadership Academy (FELA). Those selected include Susan Burns, professor and associate chair for Administration and Finance, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Hang Lu, Love Family Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Pinar Keskinocak, William W. George Chair and professor, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering; and Alessandro (Alex) Orso, professor and associate dean, College of Computing. Read more.
Four FELA Fellows have been selected for rotations over a two-year period (Jan. 1, 2022 thru Dec., 2023).
The FELA will be composed of four components, designed to foster a holistic leadership development experience for the Fellows:
Each Fellow will spend a six-month shadowing and project rotation in each of the Institute’s executive offices: President, Provost, EVPR, and EVP-A&F. During the six-month rotation, the fellow will be invited to participate in selected meetings, shadow the executive in selected day-to-day activities and will be asked to complete a project of relevance to that executive’s mission and strategies.
The Fellows will work on four short term, high impact projects. Each project will focus on an objective of significance to the mission or strategic goals of each of the four divisional areas of the Institute. Projects will be selected prior to the start of each rotation in consultation between the Fellow and the executive and will follow a defined project plan with a deliverable due at the end of the six-month period. Projects will be in support of specific Institute-Strategic Plan initiatives. Some example projects include:
- National lab collaboration and relationship development
- Forging relationships with local tech industry giants (Google, Microsoft, etc).
- HBCU and Minority-Serving Institutes research collaboration and partnership
- Georgia Tech’s role in the state as a public research university
- Leveraging Association of American Universities (AAU) status and relationships
- Accelerating research activities in the liberal arts and humanities
- Supporting the development and success of student athletes
- Improving institute support for faculty research start-up
- Incorporating research growth and aspirations into the Campus Master Plan
- Is there a role for the Institute in K-12 and two-year degrees?
- The future of work – workforce of the future.
- What are untapped audiences, degrees and markets for GT’s enrollment growth?
- How to increase international reputation?
- What are potential revenue generating ideas and corresponding implementation plans?
Cohort meetings and activities
Former Provost Rafael L. Bras will serve as the program director and coordinator and organize the activities of the Fellows, including the monthly meetings outside of the shadowing of the leadership. He will serve as a mentor and provide guidance to the participants. The FELA Fellows will also participate in two short trips to other institutions.
Leadership development resources
FELA fellows will have access to leadership development resources and support to include internal executive coaching and leadership development support funding for travel or other additional activities selected by the participant.
Sample rotation schedule
|Faculty Leadership Fellow||Jan. 1-June 30, 2022||July 1-Dec. 31, 2022||Jan. 1-June 30, 2023||July 1-Dec. 31, 2023|
How to apply
Applications will be accepted from among the tenured full professors at Georgia Tech. Applications should include one document (pdf) saved as: Last Name_ First Name. The file should include the documents below in numbered order:
- A cover letter (no more than three pages) that includes:
- What the applicant would hope to gain from participation in the program
- How they could contribute to the Georgia Tech mission and the Strategic Plan through the program
- Prior leadership development activities, including level of engagement in those activities
- Plan for how they will adjust their current time and commitments to participate in this program
- Short-term and long-term leadership aspirations
- A current CV
- List of five internal references representing a mix of leaders, faculty, and staff.
Assuming the program continues beyond the initial two-year period, applications will be solicited every other year (again in 2023).