The Emerging Leader: The UF Academy


Please note:

    • Participants are selected via a competitive applicant process
    • Applications will be considered by the UF Leadership Development Selection Committee, with selection being announced in late May 2018

The Emerging Leader: The UF Academy

Designed for emerging leaders at our institution, the UF Academy is a 9-month program that provides a UF-specific approach for up to 15 recognized star achievers who are “emerging leaders” at our institution. Entering its thirteenth year, the UF Academy focuses on immersion in the university culture and exposure to its organizational structure.

To participate in the Academy, an employee must be exempt with at least two years of supervisory or decision-making responsibility at the University of Florida and meet the additional criteria described below. Assistant directors and above, as well as interested faculty members with fewer than two years at the university may apply.

Program Structure and Content

In this 9-month program, participants will meet with various representatives from the university and Gainesville. Typically, Academy members meet with the university president, UF vice presidents, and other key UF leaders. They travel to Tallahassee to meet with key legislators. Participants meet approximately two to three times a month over the course of the academic year. Total monthly time commitment ranges from 4 to 12 hours.

Part of the program includes self-development—both a reading group to discuss relevant issues related to effective leadership as well as an all-day “Leadership Foundations” workshop. Job shadowing, observing key meetings, and other interactive activities round out the experience.

Additionally, members of the participant group will be responsible for scheduling the identified meetings as part of their Academy experience—to include coordinating among the group for acceptable dates, times, and locations. This responsibility typically will rotate among group members, with assistance from the Academy Director, Tricia Bachus.

Expected Outcomes

      • Develop future managers at the University of Florida by increasing participants’ knowledge of our university as a whole
      • Provide future leaders with skills and tools to more effectively manage and lead people
      • Inspire participants and influence greater commitment and loyalty to UF
      • Reinforce Human Resource Services’ mission to “retain and develop world-class faculty and staff”

The UF Academy is designed to prepare participants for higher-level responsibilities at the University of Florida. Participation, however, is not a guarantee of future promotional opportunities. Instead, the Academy is a training and leadership tool.

Benefits to Participants

      • An increased understanding of high-level issues that affect the University of Florida—managerial, legal, academic, community—as well as an increased understanding of the governance processes and systems in place on our campus
      • A better appreciation of the relationship between administrative and academic units on campus. This will be enhanced by networking and teamwork experienced by the participants
      • Opportunity to develop key leadership and managerial skills

Participant Criteria

Candidates for the UF Academy must meet the following criteria (at a minimum):

      • Supervisory support
      • Satisfactory performance reviews and attendance records
      • Two years in a supervisory or decision-making role at the University of Florida*
      • An exempt employee up to and including the director level

* The “two years of experience” criterion is waived for employees at the assistant director level and above as well as interested faculty members.

Fee to participate

This year, the fee to participate is $500. All materials (including a 360-degree evaluation pre- and post-program), facilitation fees, and meals included when travel extends outside of Gainesville.

Selection Committee

Frank Bova
Past Chair, UF Faculty Senate
Jodi Gentry
Vice President for Human Resource Services
Charlie Lane
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Angel Kwolek-Folland
Associate Provost
Diane McFarlin
Dean, College of Journalism and Communications
Elaine Turner
Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

UF Academy 2017-2018

  • Jennifer Andrew; Assistant Professor; Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Brian Ausgood; Sergeant; University of Florida Police Department
  • Brian Danforth; Director of Development and Alumni Affairs; College of Education
  • Martie Gillen; Assistant Professor; Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences
  • Keith Gouin; Director of Finance; UF/IFAS Extension Administration
  • Miyuki Hall; IT Analyst III, Enterprise Systems; UFIT
  • Nicola Heredia; Assistant Director; Procurement Services
  • Carol McAuliffe; Associate University Librarian; University Libraries
  • Alisha Mitchell-Roberts; Associate Director, Research Administration; CTSI-SECIM
  • Caryn Plummer; Associate Professor; Small Animal Clinical Sciences
  • Janette Rawls; Employee Relations Specialist III; Housing and Residence Education
  • Dustin Stephany; Sustainable Building Coordinator; Planning, Design & Construction
  • Allison Vitt; Communications Coordinator; Office of Sustainability
  • Katherine Vogel Anderson; Clinical Assistant Professor; UF College of Pharmacy

Previous years’ participants