Rutgers Leadership Academy FAQs

1. What is the definition of mid-career?

For purposes of nomination to the RLA, mid-career is defined as a person with 7 or more years of scholarly/professional experience. The nominee should be one who has potential for increased leadership responsibility and achievement within higher education.

2. How many fellows will be selected for the Academy?

Approximately 25 individuals will be selected for participation.

3. Who is eligible to be nominated?

Mid-career faculty and staff from both New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) are eligible to be nominated. The nominee should be one who has potential for increased leadership responsibility and achievement within higher education. Faculty and staff from Camden and Newark are not currently eligible to participate.

4. Can you nominate yourself?

No. Nominations for participation in the Academy must be submitted by VPs, deans, directors, chairs or other senior administrative leaders who see potential for greater leadership in the nominee. Senior leaders may nominate more than one individual.

5. Can applicants from last year be nominated again?

Yes. Using the current nomination form, nominators should submit new nomination materials for prospective RLA Fellows.

6. Do nominators and mentors have to be the same person?

Typically, the nominator will serve as a project mentor. However, a nominator and mentor need not be the same person. Designation of a project mentor will be required toward the end of the first year at the time the Fellow’s project is identified. Mentors must be current Rutgers employees with the ability to serve as advisors for the projects and participate in selected RLA meetings/events.

7. When do projects have to be identified?

Toward the end of the first year, each Fellow, in conjunction with his/her nominator/mentor, will identify a project of import to the unit or the broader campus. These projects are intended to provide a context for applying and furthering the development of leadership competencies, while contributing meaningfully to address significant needs of the institution. Work on projects will begin in the second year of the program.

8. When do the classes meet?

The class meets on Wednesdays from 4:00-7:00 pm, roughly twice a month throughout the two-year period. A full schedule for 2017-2018 will be available in June 2017.

9. What happens if you can’t attend all the classes?

Fellows are expected to attend all classes. However, we recognize there may be circumstances that may affect a Fellow’s ability to attend all classes and meetings. An RLA Fellow should not miss more than one or two classes during each year of the program.

10. Is there a cost to the academy?

No. Materials for RLA class sessions are provided by the Academy. Any project costs, including release time, travel, and materials must be assumed by the unit benefitting from the project.

11. Will funding and/or release time be provided for Fellows or mentors?

No funding will be available for RLA Fellows or mentors from the Academy.

12. When will nominations be accepted for the next cohort of the RLA?

Nominations for the next cohort of the program will be accepted from early April 2017 through May 15, 2017. Decisions will be made in June 2017.

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