Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals

Applications for the 2024-25 Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals Cohort are now closed. Check back spring 2025 to apply for the next cohort.

About ALAP

The Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals (ALAP) program, developed in collaboration with UF’s Office of the Provost, Faculty Senate, and Human Resource Services, offers UF academic and professional leaders the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills. The program offers two tracks: one for academic leaders and another for professional staff. It is designed based on leadership competencies crucial for success at UF, developed through interviews and focus groups with successful UF leaders. Participants attend track-specific activities and collaborate on leadership development issues.

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Candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • To join the Academic Track, you must be a UF faculty member in a leadership role
  • For the Professional Track, applicants must be in a TEAMS position at the assistant director level or above
  • Support from immediate supervisor with protected time for program participation, satisfactory performance reviews, and attendance records
  • Willingness to adjust personal and professional schedules for monthly leadership development training

Benefits for Academics and Professionals

  • Enhance people management and leadership skills
  • Gain a better understanding of strategic and operational university issues to support your division, department, and college
  • Contribute to advancing the university’s strategic agenda while assisting others in achieving their goals

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Curriculum Highlights

  • Structured around UF’s key leadership competencies for success
  • Individual 360-degree assessment for personalized development
  • Guest speakers from UF and other institutions aligned with program competencies
  • Leadership challenges presented as academic and professional case studies
  • Selected readings catering to both academic and professional perspectives
  • Opportunity for job shadowing with UF leaders

Participation Fee

Upon acceptance into the ALAP program, there is a participation fee of $1,500. The fee covers all materials, including a 360-degree evaluation, and meals. There is no need for travel if you live and work in Gainesville.

Key Information

  • Applications will be considered by the UF Leadership Development Selection Committee
  • This program meets over the course of the academic year, beginning in September (see 2024-2025 schedule below)
  • Application deadline is May 6, 2024
2024-2025 Program Schedule


Date & Time

Opening Session

September 19, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
September 20, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Session 2

October 24, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m
October 25, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Session 3

November 21, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
November 22, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Elevator Speech Review

January 16, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Session 4

February 20, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
February 21, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Session 5

April 3, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
April 4, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Session 6

May 8, 1:00 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m.
May 9, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closing Reception

May 15, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Selection Committee

  • Frank Bova – Past Chair, UF Faculty Senate
  • Melissa Curry – Vice President for Human Resources
  • Chris Hass – Associate Provost
  • Elaine Turner – Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Application Steps

  • Step 1: Complete the online application form by May 6, including a one-page outline of your employment history and key highlights.
  • Step 2: Request your manager, dean, director, or department chair (if different) to submit the ALAP Supporting Documentation Form.