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The FLI aims to build an interdisciplinary community that cares about leading and professional development. We invite faculty applicants who are already in leadership positions within the university (programs, schools, committees) or in professional organizations, as well as faculty who are considering taking on leadership positions. Both junior and senior faculty are welcome to apply.

FLI Faculty Fellows will develop leadership skills applicable to all levels at the university and within the professional landscape. The FLI will include training and lectures from on and off-campus leaders, and workshops and supplementary readings on the following topics:

  • leadership theories
  • strengths analysis
  • conflict management
  • communication skills
  • collaborative leadership
  • strategic leadership
  • advocacy
  • personal and professional goal-setting

FLI faculty fellows will gain skills, knowledge, and resources that are transferable to varied dimensions of their faculty careers, from research productivity to involvement in their professional discipline to formal leadership opportunities on campus.

The FLI is scheduled for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2024. The fall and spring semesters include bi-monthly meetings on Mondays from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. The summer semester includes an online discussion board based on readings and community building meet ups. The institute will begin with an all-day retreat on January 10, 2024 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. FLI Faculty Fellows are required to participate in the opening retreat and in all three terms.

FLI 2024 Retreat: Wednesday, January 10, 2024 | 9 am - 4 pm

Spring Meeting Dates: January 29 | February 5 & 16 | March 4 & 25 | April 8

Fall Meeting Dates: TBD
Rabab Abdelfattah Computer Science and Computer Engineering
Katie Angus Social Science and Global Studies
Julia Bradley Accountancy
Melissa Brooks University Libraries
Maria Brown Professional Nursing Practice
Holly Foster Education
Robert Leaf Ocean Science and Engineering
Marion Patti Professional Nursing Practice
Mariann Taylor Child and Family Science
Anna Wan Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Reginald Wilson Accountancy
Audra Classen Education
Brendan Fay Library and Information Sciences
Mark Huff Psychology
Iliyan Iliev Social Science and Global Studies
Kristy McRaney Psychology
Leslie Oglesby Public Health
Candice Salyers Performing and Visual Arts
Bryan Spuhler Child and Family Sciences
Heather Stur Humanities
Zhaoxian Zhou Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering


Leslie Anderson Child and Family Sciences
Jacob Cotton Performing and Visual Arts
Christopher Foley Coastal Resilience
Cheryl Jenkins Communication
Shahid Karim Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences
Melissa Kossman Health Professions
Michael Madson Psychology
Charlie Scheer Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security
James Thomas Education
Wei Wang Marketing
Katie Anthony Communication
Ayse Banu Elmadag Bas Marketing
Jennifer Courts Performing and Visual Arts
Joseph Delaney Construction and Design
Angel Herring Child and Family Sciences
Holly Huye Kinesiology and Nutrition
Ann Marie Kinnell Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development
Melanie Leuty Psychology
Ben McIlwain Music
Tisha Zelner University Libraries - Public Services


David Cochran Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences
Matthew Donahue Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Dana Fennell Social Science and Global Studies
Julie Hammond Performing and Visual Arts
Jay Howell Education
Marti Jordan Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice
Sara Jordan Psychology


Noal Cochran Education
Bonnie Nicholson Psychology
Jonathan Pluskota Communication
Jeremy Scott Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Laura Stengrim Communication
Melissa Thompson Kinesiology and Nutrition
Teresa Welsh Library and Information Science
Lindsay Wright Child and Family Studies


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