Academic Professional Leadership Program (APLP)

The University of Illinois’ Academic Professional Leadership Program (APLP) utilizes superior leadership principles and applications to develop key academic professionals.  Through relationships built across the University of Illinois System, the program uses the knowledge of University staff, executives, academic theory and practical applications to foster an environment where leaders can emerge.

The program accommodates 20 participants in any given twelve-month class.  Candidates for the program must be in mid-career level positions and possess the desire and passion to contribute to the success of the University of Illinois System.  They must demonstrate values that are consistent with those of the system and have the characteristics and competencies that are exemplary of superior leadership.

Mission

Foster and sustain a culture of exceptional, dynamic, and transformational leadership at all levels throughout the University of Illinois System.

Goals

The goals of the Academic Professional Leadership Program focus on the individual development of UI academic professionals and the transmission of inter-institutional knowledge.  The program goals are:

  • Create opportunities for internal succession planning for emerging leaders.
  • Teach and provide opportunities to develop and implement best practices associated with leadership roles and responsibilities.
  • Develop key resources for the university through a network of leaders that are capable of successfully executing strategic plans and accomplishing strategic goals.
  • Enable leaders at all levels the agility to react quickly to our rapidly changing economic and social environment.

Curriculum

The curriculum consists of six integrated components.  Topics included in each of the components include:

  • University Organization
  • Leadership and Academic Theory
  • University Operations
  • Management
  • External Relations
  • Professional Development

The sessions will be supplemented by two extracurricular activities:

  1.  A reading program will offer insights into current literature related to the program topics.  Reviews of the literature will be integrated throughout the twelve-month curriculum.
  2.  A mentoring program will be offered to program members.  Mentoring can offer insights into the University operation, its formal and informal culture.  Mentors can also be good sounding boards to test ideas, discuss issues and career goals.  The mentoring program will be established and supported by the APLP, but mentor meetings will occur outside of the formal APLP sessions.

Eligibility

  1. Full-time, non-visiting AP with minimum of three (3) cumulative years of service as an academic professional at the University.
  2. Two or more years at a mid-level manager position.
  3. Currently in a management or leadership role.
  4. Not currently a member of another University-sponsored leadership program or past UAFP (University Administration Fellows Program) participant.

Nomination and Application Process

Senior administrators may nominate an Academic Professional for the program by sending an email to aplprogram@uillinois.edu with the following information:

  • Nominee's name, title, and department/unit. 
  • Nominee's campus and email address. 
  • Name and email of nominee's supervisor/manager.

Nominees, their nominator and/or their supervisors/managers are then notified of the nomination. If the nominee is interested in applying for the program, he/she completes an online application and provides the following:

  • current resume
  • letter of interest indicating:
    • their interest and qualifications for acceptance into the program
    • expectations
    • career goals
    • a description of a professional experience in which the candidate took a leadership role, including examples of how the candidate was or was not effective, as well as what the candidate learned from the experience
  • letter of support and commitment from his/her immediate supervisor and department head.

Participation Selection

The APLP steering team selects 20 participants and 3 alternates from all eligible submissions and makes a recommendation to the Program Sponsor for final class participation.  Selected candidates will be notified via a letter from Executive Vice President Barb Wilson. The number of academic professionals selected for the program from each of the university/system offices will be:

Urbana-Champaign: 7
Chicago: 7
Springfield: 3
System Offices: 2
UIF and UIAA: 1

Program Cost

The participant's department will pay a one-time $1,000 fee to participate in the program.  The System Office will cover the remaining costs. 

Program Committees

Program Sponsor: Office of the Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs - Dr. Barbara Wilson

Program Coordination: System Human Resource Services - Jami Painter, Interim Associate Vice President and Jackie Billhymer, HR Associate

Steering Team:

  • Jami Painter, Chair, System Human Resource Services
  • Laura Clower, President's Office
  • Robin Kaler, Chancellor's Office, UIUC
  • Kristy Kuzmuk, Office of the Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation
  • Teresa Oliszewicz, UI Hospital and Health Sciences System
  • Patricia Sanchez, Chancellor's Office, UIS
  • Teresa Soto, Chancellor's Office, UIC

Curriculum Advisory Committee:

  • Jami Painter, ​Chair​, System Human Resource Services
  • James Gallaher, Illinois Human Resources, UIUC
  • Michael Ginsburg, Human Resources, UIC
  • Melissa Mlynski, Human Resources, UIS
  • Sarah Zehr, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs