In the Academic Advancement Network (AAN), we work to provide support for academics who currently hold formal administrative positions, as well as those who are looking for ways to further explore and develop their leadership and managerial skills.

As an academic, you will have a variety of opportunities to take on formal and informal leadership roles throughout your career, even though they may not be framed that way specifically. If you have currently hold a titled position, have aspirations to develop your leadership skills, or just want to “dip your toe” into administration, we offer a number of programs and resources. We can also serve as a conduit to programs and resources happening both across the University and externally.

A few AAN specific opportunities:

Leadership Fellowships

Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program (ALP)

Intensive experience develops the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and academic promise.

AAN Leadership Fellows

This yearlong program involves both a shadowing experience and work on a project developed jointly between the mentor and fellow.


Exploring Academic Leadership Lunches

Learn firsthand from campus leaders what their positions entail in an informal setting.


Open to all faculty and academic staff. Learn more about leadership development.