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Provost Fellows Program


The Provost Fellows Program seeks tenured professors who are contemplating the possibility of future university-level leadership positions.  Faculty applicants need to be at full professor rank or have at least five years in the rank of associate professor. Typically, two fellows will be selected each year.

Fellows applicants may apply for a one semester or a full academic year term.  Applications will provide an indication of the applicant’s areas of interest for further leadership development and experience.

Each year, the Provost, in consultation with the academic deans, creates several possible projects from which applicant may choose.

Each of the two successful applicants will be assigned one project. 

Fellows will be mentored by the Provost and supervised by one of the Associate Provosts.

In consultation and with the approval of the Provost, each fellow will create a (3-5-page) project plan that includes a brief description, list of key partners, timeline of action steps, and expected outcomes at the conclusion of the fellowship term.

Project may relate to diversity and inclusion, curriculum and assessment, faculty affairs, or other academic initiatives or issues. 

Fellows will complete a final report (10 pages, maximum) at the conclusion of the project that includes project description, key partners, action steps taken, outcomes of the project (in comparison with the expected outcomes articulated in the initial plan), recommendations for future steps that can be taken to ensure the ongoing success of the project as well as a reflection on the leadership skills the individual gained as a result of the fellowship experience.

The Provost’s Office will provide either funds to cover a one-semester course release or the equivalent amount in professional development funds ($2100) to be used by the fellow.  Fellows will confer with their department chair and dean to arrange either a one-course release for one semester or professional development funds. 


Interested persons should e-mail the following materials to Jeffrey Wanko, Associate Provost, by the end of April (with successful applicants completing the fellowship the following academic year):

  1. One-page statement of interest that includes:
    • Leadership goals or aspirations
    • Areas where you would like development (e.g., curriculum, faculty affairs, compliance, assessment, budget)
    • Indication of when you would like to participate in the program (fall, spring, or full academic year) and your capacity for completing the project successfully
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Brief statement of support from Department Chair and Dean (can be a brief email). The statement must include a clear indication of which type of compensation (one-time course release for fellow) or the equivalent amount in professional development funds ($2100) the fellow seeks.

Selection Criteria

Applications for the Fellows Program will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Rank of the applicant
  • Alignment of leadership goals and past experiences with one or more of the projects
  • Clarity of the statement, i.e. level of insights into Miami and higher education, likelihood that the applicant can carry out the project successfully
  • Level of support from Dean and Chair

Previous & Current Fellows


  • Amanda Diekman (Department of Psychology)
  • Amit Shukla (Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering)
  • Zara Torlone (Department of Classics)


  • Susan Baim (Department of Commerce)