March 4, 2019

Nearly 50 Administrators and Faculty Complete the 2018-2019 SEC ALDP

University of South Carolina fellows and liaison (left) during the Spring 2019 recognition ceremony. (Courtesy: @tehodges)
University of South Carolina fellows and liaison (left) during the Spring 2019 recognition ceremony. (Courtesy: @tehodges)

By: SEC Staff
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program oversight group recently recognized the program’s 11th cohort of fellows to conclude the spring workshop at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Participants included faculty members as well as early career administrators from each of the SEC’s 14 member universities.

During the workshop, which was designed to complement a similar program conducted in the fall at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, fellows learned about partnerships for student success across the areas of student life, intercollegiate athletics and academic affairs. In addition, they were challenged in a mindfulness exercise to remember the importance of focusing on their own physical and mental well-being.

“One of the main takeaways for me during this program is understanding that there is no one specific leadership style that works,” said Dr. Martha Crowther, Interim Associate Dean in the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama. “Instead, it is taking your style and being authentically you in that style while figuring out how to capitalize on your strengths and manage your deficits.”

Tennessee’s three-day development seminar featured a presentation from the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, Dr. David Manderscheid, on budget models and a panel discussion among deans from the university’s Haslam College of Business related to flexible faculty workloads.

The goal of the longstanding SEC Academic Leadership Development Program is to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. It has three components: a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own fellows; the two SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants; and a competitive fellowship designed to provide administrative growth opportunities for former fellows.

Click here for the full list of 2018-2019 SEC ALDP fellows.