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Cultivate YOUR leadership style.
Execute strategy. Foster innovation.
Lead change. Influence others.

The University of Arizona's Academic Leadership Institute (ALI) seeks to strengthen the University’s
leadership capacity through a carefully developed curriculum for leaders in higher education.


Institute Overview

ALI is a major University initiative to invest in its internal leaders. The primary program includes meetings with leadership experts, sessions with executive coaches, and work in peer groups. In addition, there will be three opportunities to engage with leadership from across UArizona. Fellows who graduate from ALI will be prepared to lead for organizational impact across the University.

ALI is a partnership between the Division of Human Resources and the Office of the Provost, under the direction of Helena Rodrigues, vice president and chief human resources officer, and Andrea Romero, vice provost for faculty affairs. ALI is one of the flagship programs administered by the Office of Leadership & Organizational Development.


August 2022–April 2023
(9 sessions)


Lodge on the Desert Hotel
Tucson, AZ



To Employee: Free
To University: $5,000



20 Fellows
per year


Key Benefits


Individual Attention
Assessments and advice to help you build on your leadership styles and strengths.

Interactive Workshops
Engage with national experts to bolster your critical leadership competencies.

Informative Presentations
Hear from campus leaders about critical and timely topics that increase your ability to lead.

Interact with a cohort of colleagues from a variety of disciplines, departments, and units.


Who Should Apply?

Are you are a mid- to senior-level leader? Do you aspire to expand your University-wide role and influence? Are you committed to advancing and demonstrating the University’s values? Then ALI is for you.

You should have:

At least one year of management experience and be in a management role now
Management experience could include supervising staff, directing programs, leading grants, managing labs, or chairing committees for national organizations.

Broader experience outside of your home unit
Consider committee work, cross-unit projects, task forces, or internal mentoring programs.

At least one year of UArizona employment
By the time the ALI cohort begins in August.

Applicants admitted to the ALI cohort are typically at a director level or above, and primarily include assistant/associate vice presidents, assistant/associate deans, chiefs of staff, new deans, department heads, or interim titles in one of those positions. Faculty should be at an Associate Professor level or above.

What You Will Learn

You will strengthen your ability to:

Work effectively across boundaries
Build strategic connections and gain new perspectives.

Improve agility and decision-making
Balance tactical concerns with strategic priorities.

Navigate the University
Know where to turn as your leadership responsibilities increase.

Drive change
Identify the behaviors required to inspire others and align people to the University’s organizational outcomes.

Solve complicated problems
Take thoughtful action in complex, rapidly changing conditions.

Build a network
Connect with fellow leaders for continued development and support.

Create a culture of integrity
Embody University values.

2023-2024 Program Sessions

Thursday, August 17, 2023:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Session 1: Defining Your Leadership Brand

Friday, August 18, 2023:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Session 2: Power and Influence
Friday, September 15, 2023:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Session 3: Adaptive Leadership & Psychological Safety
Friday, October 20, 2023:
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Leadership in Action Workshop 1
Friday, November 17, 2023:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Session 4: The Inclusive Leader
Friday, February 16, 2024:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Session 5: Leading from the Middle
Friday, March 22, 2024:
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Leadership in Action Workshop 2
Friday, April 26, 2024:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Session 6: Decision-Making and Problem-Solving

Fellows must attend all sessions


of ALI alumni
have received a promotion


of ALI alumni
have stayed at UA


Fellows have
participated in ALI