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Professional Development

2020 CFAES Leadership Program


Resources for Faculty & Staff Professional Development

University Institute for Teaching and Learning


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CFAES Office for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

Gateway to Learning


Academic Leadership Development for CFAES Faculty

There are a variety of professional development resources designed to help faculty become better faculty leaders and administrators. Here are the programs in which our college faculty commonly engage:

OSU Leadership Center Foundational Leadership Certificate

The Foundational Leadership Certificate provides the opportunity to develop professionally, create relationships with other industry professionals, and grow as a leader within the workplace. Throughout the workshops required, one-on-one attention is provided to address individual strengths and weaknesses in order to create a personalized and effective experience.  Faculty and staff can learn more and register on the certificate website.

John Glenn College of Public Affairs Leadership Certificate for Public and Nonprofit Professionals

This is a 12-week leadership development course offered twice annually by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. It is intended for mid- to senior-level managers with at least a bachelor’s degree and focuses on deepening self-awareness about leadership and how to lead others. Participants earn six hours of graduate credit and OSU employees can cover program tuition costs using Faculty and Staff Tuition Assistance. Faculty and staff can learn more and apply on the certificate website.

CFAES FastTrack Leadership Program

This program is sponsored by the college and utilizes the training provided by FastTrack Leadership and their Three-Day Leadership Intensive model, which is described in detail on the FastTrack website

The college covers the cost of this in-house program for 30-35 faculty and staff annually. Units are permitted to send their faculty and staff to other versions of the program, but at the cost of the unit.

Our CFAES target audience is aspiring or current leaders at all levels of the college, in both faculty and staff roles. No prior leadership training required, but participants must be nominated by their TIU head or other college unit leader.


According to the LEAD21 program website, “The one-year LEAD21 core curriculum includes 3 sessions and a concurrent individual learning component. Leadership competencies are enhanced using a combination of exposure, information, knowledge and practice.” The three session are hosted at locations across the country.

Our CFAES target audience is aspiring faculty leaders or administrators who have demonstrated abilities in academic leadership as noted by their supervisor. Nominations are garnered through TIU heads and the CFAES Cabinet, and finalists are forwarded by the college.

President and Provost’s Leadership Institute

As described on the OSU Women's Place website, “The President and Provost's Leadership Institute (PPLI) focuses on long-term faculty leadership development. The primary goals of the institute are to create a pool of potential leaders from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in key leadership roles and to develop leaders who can create a culture that is supportive of all faculty members.” Also, “Women and members of underrepresented minorities constitute 85% of the participants, but majority males have also been welcome.” The program is 18-months in duration and hosted on the Columbus campus. Nominations are sent forth by the college.

Our CFAES target audience is aspiring faculty leaders who show potential and interest in the role of department chair or school director.

Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Academic Leadership Program (ALP)

This program is operated by the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) in cooperation with each of the Big Ten institutions. At Ohio State, the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) co-coordinates the program. According to the OAA website, “The Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program was developed to hone the leadership and managerial skills of faculty members on BTAA campuses. Participants take part in three two-day seminars that rotate among the BTAA institutions.” In addition, Ohio State hosts a series of meetings, engaging the ALP Fellows.

Our CFAES target audience is aspiring faculty leaders or administrators who have demonstrated abilities in academic leadership as noted by their supervisor. Participation in other leadership programming is preferred. The college nominates one and sometimes two people annually. Nominations are garnered through TIU heads and one to two finalists are sent forth from the college.

Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI)

According to the FSLI website, “Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) is dedicated to developing individual and institutional leadership for a 21st Century food system. The program curriculum focuses on a series of core leadership competencies and three complementary threads: individual leadership; leading change within organizations; and understanding and influencing complex, diverse food systems. This curriculum lays the groundwork for leaders who will transition food systems research, education, and outreach to broader, more holistic approaches.” This is a two-year program. In the first year,  participants attend three week-long sessions, and in year two, focus on a leadership project focused around their work.

Our CFAES target audience is faculty currently in administrative roles (Deans, Associate/Assistant Deans, Chairs/TIU Heads) or faculty in extensive faculty leadership roles that span beyond a department or school (Center Directors, Discovery Theme Faculty Directors). Participation in other formal leadership programming is expected and having participated in LEAD-21 preferred. Nominations are garnered through the CFAES Cabinet. Typically the college nominates one to two people annually.

Ohio State’s New Chairs Program

Operated by the Office of Academic Affairs, the New Chairs Program is specifically designed for new department chairs and school directors to orient them to this essential leadership role. The program begins with an orientation and continues throughout the year with various types of programming. This program is only for newly appointed department chairs and school directors and their participation is strongly encouraged.

Research-Related Professional Development


This program is an opportunity for faculty researchers from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) to become more competitive by visiting federal program officers and federal funding agencies in Washington D.C. More details can be found on the D.C. Days website.


The goal of the STARS Program is to propel emerging research leaders – those individuals with the interest, vision, and motivation – to take their research programs to a higher and more collaborative level.

Ohio State GRO Academy

Participants in the Ohio State GRO Academy will be recognized as GRO Research Leadership Fellows and will begin a relationship with the Office of Knowledge Enterprise, which offers continued support for interdisciplinary team formation and large, complex proposal development.

Ohio State Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Workshops on Mentoring

Register for these workshops and learn more on the Ohio State Mentoring Initiative website.