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Institute Criteria

Application Pool

The Institute is comprised of 10-12 mid-career full-time faculty and staff members who are interested in continuing or expanding their leadership roles. IMLD participants are nominated in fall of the even year (ex. 2014, 2016) by their divisional vice presidents, deans, associate deans, department chairs, program directors or heads of offices, and generally have 3-7 years of demonstrated leadership. Faculty members should be part of faculty assembly and staff members should be a coordinator, assistant director or higher in title.

Those nominated are invited to attend informational meetings in the spring of the odd year (ex. 2015, 2017) and to apply for the Institute. If interested in applying, faculty and staff candidates should complete an application by spring break which includes a statement of interest, a list of your leadership experiences (both Miami and other professional roles), and a concise description of your goals or expectations as a participant in the IMLD. Applications should be sent to the Office of the Provost.

By the end of spring semester, the cohort has been chosen to start the following Fall semester of the odd year. If you are selected as part of the cohort, 100% participation is required in all facets of the program. (Dates are provided at time of acceptance.)

Institute Schedule

Participation in the IMLD is for three consecutive semesters. Starting in the fall semester of the odd year, cohort members will start the IMLD with a one and a half day opening retreat.

Over the course of fall and spring semester in the first year, fundamentals of leadership and Miami specific leadership examples will be discussed through presentations dinners, book discussions and round table open session events.

The applied experience will be in the summer or fall semester of the second year. Each cohort member (CM) will participate in a self-directed experience to apply what s/he has learned in year one of the program and conduct a more in-depth and focused examination of some aspect of the university and/or leadership. Each CM will develop his/her applied experience proposal in the spring of year one of the program, with the execution to take place in the subsequent Summer and/or Fall term, culminating with CMs reconvening to share insights of their experiences in late fall. The IMLD will conclude with a graduation celebration in December of year two. A Steering Committee member oversees and helps facilitate each CM's individual experience. Each CM may self-design a unique applied experience or adapt one of the following types of opportunities:

Applied Experience

CM will choose one of the following experiences and provide the following information:

  • Briefly describe the application experience you envision.
  • Identify 2-3 learning goals for the experience. What do you hope to accomplish?
  • What type of support/resources will you need to accomplish the experience? (e.g., assistance of steering committee in identifying potential mentor or committee approval, travel reimbursement, etc.)
  • What is the timeline for completion of the experience?

Experience #1—Mentoring

CM will propose a short list of leaders within Miami or at another institution with whom s/he would like to set up a mentoring relationship. Once paired, the CM will set up regular meetings to determine the following:

    • Priorities: what does the CM want to learn/do and how does the CM envision the mentor helping (the CM “owns” the goals)
    • Area of interest: mentor will share information and answer questions (from the perspective of the mentor) about the specific area that the mentor is responsible for or about the university at large
    • Opportunities: discussion about opportunities that would be beneficial to the CM
    • Direction: mentor will serve as a professional sounding board
    • Milestones: CM and mentor will create short term or long term goals

While these are suggestions, the CM and mentor will craft their own relationship. CMs may also choose to develop a group-mentoring situation where one mentor may work with a group of participants.

Experience #2—Shadowing

CM will identify a leader at Miami or at another institution with whom s/he would like to shadow the day-to-day operations and responsibilities of the mentor. Faculty may wish to shadow staff, and vice versa. The goal is to develop a greater understanding of the role and tasks related to the position/office. Ideally, shadowing will occur on multiple occasions during the term of the engagement.

Experience #3—Committee Attendance

CM will identify a standing committee or regular administrative meeting that s/he would like to attend multiple times during the term of the engagement. The CM will work with a member of the committee who will be able to debrief and afterward answer questions regarding the discussions at the meetings.

Below is a list of potential, regularly-scheduled, standing meetings that may be of interest to CMs. (This list is certainly not exhaustive, nor guaranteed to be accessible to the CM at certain times.) Approval must be obtained at the time of request and is subject to the approval of the committee chair. In addition, the CM may identify other groups/committees that are of interest. The CM may also want to identify multiple committees, in order of preference, in his/her proposal.

    • President's Executive Council
    • Board of Trustees (Full BOT Meeting, Academic/StudentCcommittee or Finance and Business Committee)
    • Council of Academic Deans
    • Council of Chairs for a specific academic division
    • Finance and Budget Meeting
    • Physical Facilities Meetings
    • Advancement Services Meetings
    • Institutional Response Team
    • Institutional Diversity
    • University Accreditation and Assessment Steering Committee
    • Student Court
    • University Senate or Senate Committee:
      • Academic Policy Committee
      • Academic Program Review Committee
      • Athletic Policy Committee
      • Awards and Recognition Committee
      • Benefits Committee
      • Campus Planning Committee
      • Codification Committee
      • Council on Diversity and Inclusion
      • Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment (CELTUA)
      • Extramural Professional Activities Committee
      • Faculty Research Committee
      • Faculty Welfare Committee
      • Fiscal Priorities Committee
      • Governance Committee
      • Graduate Council
      • Information Technology Policy Committee
      • International Education Committee
      • Library Committee
      • Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC)
      • Student Affairs Council
      • Undergraduate Curriculum, Council for
      • Undergraduate Research Committee
      • University Honors Program Advisory Committee
      • University Liberal Education Council
      • University Senate Executive Committee

Experience #4—Benchmarking

CM will identify an institution that s/he would like to visit and arrange meetings with defined offices/leaders which could then provide a basis for comparison to Miami University. For such an experience, travel expense reimbursement must be pre-approved by the steering committee.

Experience #5—Informational interviews

The CM will schedule at least three informational interviews. These highly focused information gathering sessions with higher education leaders within or outside the university not only provides the CM with the “insider” point of view, but also allows for networking contacts.