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MSU launches new Faculty Leadership Fellowship program

March 31, 2014

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Montana State University has launched a program to provide senior faculty members with opportunities to develop their academic administrative leadership capacity.

The new MSU Faculty Leadership Fellowship program is designed to provide motivated senior faculty members with opportunities to learn from and work with senior-level academic leaders at MSU. The first Faculty Leadership Fellow is expected to be selected this spring and will begin as a fellow this fall, according to Paul Gore, an American Council on Education fellow in the MSU President’s Office who has developed the program.

The program includes four different components, including mentorship, perspective, knowledge and contribution.

Faculty members selected for the program will immerse themselves in the culture, policies and decision-making process of MSU for an academic year while being mentored by senior academic leaders, Gore said. Fellows will also participate in leadership meetings and councils at the university and gain perspective on higher education administration through visits to other campuses and universities and attending conferences. They will also be expected to supplement their experiences with targeted readings and complete special projects that are consistent with their learning objectives.

“The exact nature of each faculty member’s experience will be unique and constructed to meet the professional development goals of the fellow,” Gore said.

Gore said that faculty members selected for the fellowship will engage in the experience on a part-time basis and maintain some contribution to their academic unit.

To be eligible for the Faculty Leadership Fellowship, an applicant must hold a full-time faculty appointment, be tenured, complete a formal application and submit a letter of support from his or her department head and college dean.

Applications may be found online. Applications will be reviewed in the spring semester of each year by a committee consisting of the provost, an MSU Regents Professor, an academic dean and one vice president.

To apply, faculty members may email their completed application to or deliver the application to Montana Hall 211. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 11.

Paul Gore, (406) 994-3480 or