Faculty Leadership Programs

Building faculty leaders is important to NIU's future. To focus on this task, NIU's president and the Board of Trustees agreed to a set of goals for 2022. The first goal is "empowerment and shared responsibility" which includes building capacity for shared leadership across the university. The provost oversees two key faculty leadership programs: Emerging Faculty Leadership Program (EFLP) and the MAC Academic Leadership Program (ALDP).

Emerging Faculty Leadership Program (EFLP)

Identifying and developing future leaders is important to the success of NIU and higher education more broadly. With that in mind, the Provost's Office is inviting you to participate in the Emerging Faculty Leaders Program, an intensive professional development experience for faculty seeking to expand their capacity for leadership in higher education. Eight to 10 faculty members are selected annually to participate in the program, which includes regular cohort meetings, assigned readings and panel discussions, with feedback and mentorship provided throughout. Fellows should expect a commitment of four to six hours per month outside of meeting times.

Eligibility: Eligibility: all full-time faculty (tenured, tenure-track, clinical, research and instructors) are eligible for the program, with priority given to tenured faculty. Faculty members do not have to be in an administrative or titled position to participate. The program aims to have a diverse cohort with representation across NIU's colleges.

Requirements: in-person meetings are held about every three weeks during the fall and spring semesters to discuss leadership topics and meet with faculty leaders from across campus.

To apply: a call for applications is sent out by the Provost's Office to all eligible faculty each spring.

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2022-2023 Participants

  • Abdoulaye Diallo, associate professor, Rehabilitation Counseling, College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Eric Jones, associate professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Jessica Labatte, associate professor, School of Art and Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Anita Maddali, associate professor, College of Law
  • Charles Petersen, professor, Department of Operations Management and Information Systems, College of Business
  • Jim Ressler, associate professor, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, College of Education
  • Alecia Santuzzi, professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Ursula Sullivan, associate professor, Department of Marketing, College of Business
  • Jui-Chang Wang, professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Bradley Wiles, associate professor, University Libraries

2021-2022 Participants

  • Christina Abreu, associate professor, Department of History and Director of the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies
  • Dawn Brown, clinical assistant professor and director of clinical education, Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
  • Bill Cassidy, professor, Department of Communication
  • Peter Chomentowski, associate professor, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Melani Duffrin, professor, Interdisciplinary Health Professions
  • Mya Groza, associate professor, Department of Marketing
  • Courtney Hughes, associate professor, Division of Health Studies
  • Christine Nguyen, associate professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Alan Polansky, associate professor and Chair, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
  • Bart Sharp, Mike and Kristina McGrath professor of entrepreneurship, Department of Management
  • Simon Weffer, associate professor, Department of Sociology and Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

MAC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP)

Since 2017, Northern Illinois University has joined the other colleges and universities in the Mid-American Conference in participating in the MAC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP). The program's goal is to help faculty from MAC member institutions develop and advance as academic leaders. By collaborating with faculty and administrators from other MAC institutions, ALDP fellows build advanced skills in academic leadership.

Eligibility: all tenured faculty are eligible for consideration. Faculty are nominated by the dean of each college each spring for participation in the following academic year. Two to three fellows are chosen for each cohort.

Requirements: the program has two components: participation in a university-level leadership development program at NIU led by the vice provost for faculty affairs and participation in monthly development meetings with other MAC fellows. These components may be supplemented with meetings at other MAC schools as allowed.

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2022-2023 Fellows

  • Mark Frank, professor and chair, Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Yolanda King, associate dean for Academic Affairs and associate professor of Law, College of Law
  • Reinaldo Moraga, interim associate dean and associate professor, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
  • Garry Sunter, professor and chair, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2021-2022 Fellows

  • Amanda Durik, professor and chair, Department of Psychology
  • Joseph Flynn, associate professor, Curriculum and Instruction and associate director, Center for Black Studies
  • Daewoo Park, associate dean and professor, Department of Management
  • Matt Wilson, associate professor, School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders

2020-2021 Fellows

  • Mary Lynn Doherty, assistant director, School of Music and associate professor/coordinator of music education
  • Gwen Gregory, associate dean, Collections Management
  • Jamie Mayer, associate professor, Speech-Language Pathology/Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
  • Jessica Reyman, professor, Department of English, acting director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

2019-2020 Fellows

  • Lara Crowley, associate professor and chair of the Department of English
  • Laurel Rigertas, interim dean and professor of Law
  • Shanthi Muthuswamy, associate professor, Department of Technology
  • Wesley Swingley, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences

2018-2019 Fellows

  • Steven Howell, associate professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Vijaykumar Krishnan Palghat, associate professor, Marketing
  • Alicia Schatteman, associate professor, Public Administration and the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies

2017-2018 Fellows

  • Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz, associate professor and coordinator, World Languages and Cultures
  • Sarah See Geiger, associate professor, Public Health
  • Leanne VandeCreek, social sciences librarian and associate professor, University Libraries