2020 Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy Purpose

To build a diverse pool of academic & staff employees with the knowledge and skills to be successful in leadership roles at UCSC.

Eligible Participants

Staff employees (Career Tracks series Professional 3-5, Supervisor 1-2, Manager 1-4) with a minimum of six months of service are eligible to participate. All Senate faculty are eligible; continuing Lecturers may apply and will be accepted into the Academy if space permits.


The Leadership Academy is offered once per year, with participants meeting weekly over a three month period between January and March. Each session highlights specific issues and challenges faced by leaders at UC Santa Cruz. Through presentation, discussion, and experiential learning, participants will broaden their understanding of how the campus operates, and hone their leadership skills and abilities. The Leadership Academy also provides a unique opportunity for participants to create new networks, and for dialogue with the Executive Vice Chancellor, and other campus leaders. A few sessions each year are held jointly with the Graduate Student Leadership Program.

The Leadership Academy is jointly sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs and Staff Human Resources, and there is no fee to participate.

Applicants must commit to attending all sessions and to full participation in the 360° assessment process.

2020 Leadership Academy Program*

*Please note: session times and titles are subject to change. 

January 10 1:00-4:30 Introduction and Academic Horizons (joint session) Alumni Room, University Center
January 16 8:15-4:30 Leadership Skill-Building, including 360° Assessment with Dan Schwab, Part 1 Alumni Room, University Center
January 17 8:15-4:30 Leadership Skill-Building, including 360° Assessment with Dan Schwab, Part 2 Horticulture II, Arboretum
January 24 1:00-4:30 Diversity Session with Herbie Lee and Linda Scholz (joint session) Alumni Room, University Center
January 31 8:30-4:30 Collaborative Negotiation Skill-Building with Jim Tamm (joint session) Alumni Room, University Center
February 7 10:00-4:00 The Art of Adaptive Leadership with Sarah Latham Horticulture II, Arboretum
February 14 1:00-4:30 Conflict Resolution with Nancy Heischman Kerr Hall Room 212
February 19 2:30-5:00 Academic Senate Meeting TBD
February 28 1:00-4:30 Leading at UCSC

Kerr Hall Room 212

March 6 1:00-4:30 TBD

Kerr Hall Room 212

March 13 1:00-3:30 Graduation Kerr Hall Room 212

Application Process

The deadline for application submission is Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

Staff Application Form

Faculty Application Form

For questions, contact: Herbie Lee, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, at 831-459-1349 or vpaa@ucsc.edu.