Nomination Process for Big Ten Academic Alliance Leadership Program

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Leadership Program provides an opportunity for selected faculty to enrich their understanding of issues facing higher education and of higher education administration through two kinds of experiences:

  • Fellows from all participating institutions attend three seminars during the course of the fellowship year—each held at a different Big Ten campus; and
  • On this campus, fellows are scheduled to meet, as a group, for informal conversations with a variety of senior administrators. Fellows are also invited to attend the various academic leadership workshops sponsored jointly by the Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Human Resources and to share their seminar experiences with other university leaders.

Nominated faculty should either be full professors or associate professors who are close to achieving promotion, and should have demonstrated leadership experience and interest in pursuing other leadership roles. They may or may not already hold a leadership or administrative appointment such as Senate committee chair, department chair, center director, associate chair, or associate dean. Nominations of women and minorities are strongly encouraged. All costs for the program are paid through the BTAA and the Office of Academic Affairs.

Individuals nominated in the past, yet not selected, may be nominated again. As a maximum of only six individuals can be selected for each academic year, we will not be able to include all of the nominees in any given year. Chairs should forward recommendations to their deans, though deans may make nominations without a chair’s recommendation. Nomination packets should include the following:

  • A cover letter from the dean in support of the nominee’s leadership
  • A letter of interest from the candidate describing why the candidate wishes to participate
  • A list of previous leadership programs attended by the candidate including dates
  • A current curriculum vitae.

Nominee must be willing and able to fully participate in the program if selected. In particular, prospective nominees must commit to traveling to and attending all three seminars if selected to be a fellow. These seminars typically run from Thursday afternoon to mid-day Saturday. The Office of Academic Affairs sends a formal call for nominations to deans and department chairs each spring with details on the following year’s program. Faculty members who already have commitments on any of the seminar dates should not be nominated. Prospective nominees should also have a level of other commitments, or a unit head willing to reduce the level of commitments, that assures availability to participate in Columbus campus programs and meetings.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Helen Malone, via e-mail, at

Nominations are due April 30, 2020, and may be submitted via e-mail to