Leadership Development

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building., Suite. 50
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

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The UI Executive Leadership Academy-Higher Education is a comprehensive program, designed for accomplished mid- to senior-level UI staff and faculty with strategic and operational leadership responsibilities. The Academy develops and enhances leadership core competencies essential for effective, agile, and innovative leadership. The goals of this intensive, 7-month program include:

  • Strengthening our university culture by building diverse, equitable and inclusive networks to increase cross-institutional collaboration and retention
  • Expanding participants’ leadership knowledge & skills for today’s changing higher ed. & research environment
  • Increasing knowledge and impact in leading agile administrative, operational, and project teams
  • Building strong organizational sustainability
  • Increase leader commitment to strategic and innovative culture

The ELA-Higher Education elements include: Immersion, Individual Coaching, Sponsored Team Project, Project Management, Mentor and Service Project. Academy assessments include: Gallup CliftonStrengths, Leadership Efficacy Questionnaire (LEQ), Multi-rater 360, and DISC. 

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Nomination and Application Process

  • To nominate a mid- to senior-level UI staff or faculty member with strategic and operational leadership responsibilities, email and include: nominee's name, department and email address. Self nominations are accepted.
  • Nominees will be contacted by a member of the academy administrative team and should complete the 2022-2023 ELA-Higher Education on-line application.
  • After the application deadline, the ELA-Higher Education Selection Committee (comprised of alumni and academy administration) will review applications and provide recommendations. A three-step process is used to vet these recommendations and, upon final approval, applicants are notified.
  • Upon notification of acceptance into the academy, ELA-Higher Education participants will receive next steps on programming, scholarships and the Academy fee ($2000) payment process.

ELA-Higher Education Application

2022-2023 ELA-Higher Education applications are no longer being accepted.  

2022-2023 ELA-Higher Education Schedule

Immersions will be held 1:00-4:30 pm, location to be determined | Individual Coaching, five 1-hour and one 30-minute session via Zoom, and Assessment Coaching, one 30-minute session via Zoom | Project Management and Sponsored Team Projects, facilitator guided, via Zoom, 2:00-4:30 pm with project sponsor or project team meetings between 3:30-4:30 pm.

2022-23 ELA-Higher Education Schedule

ImmersionS Individual CoachingS Project Management & Sponsored team projects
October 6-7, 2022 October 10-14, 2022 October 18, 2022 | Sponsor Meeting
November 3-4, 2022 November 7-11, 2022 November 15, 2022 | Project Team Meeting
December 2022 | Winter Break December 5-9, 2022 (30-minutes | Assessment Coaching) December 13, 2022 | Sponsor Meeting
January 12-13, 2023 January 16-20, 2023 (30-minute check-ins) January 24, 2023 | Project Team meeting
February 9-10, 2023 February 13-17, 2023 February 21, 2023 | Sponsor Meeting
March 9-10, 2023 March 13-17, 2023 March 28, 2023 | Project Team Meeting
April 6-7, 2023 April 10-14, 2023 April 18, 2023 | Individual Project Team Practice (30 min TBD)
Service Projects Due: 1/1/23 | Project Posters Due: 3/28/23

April 28, 2023Showcase Celebration, Hilton Garden, Iowa City, Iowa

  • 11:30 am-12:00 Noon: Cohort Meeting (Private) | 12:00 Noon–1:00 pm: Lunch (Invitation Only) | 1:00–1:30 pm: Posters Presentations (Public)

  • 1:30-4:30 pm: Project Team Presentations and ELA-Higher Education Cohort Acknowledgements (Public)


Please reach out to for any questions regarding the Executive Leadership Academy-Higher Education.

For employees with a health care focus, visit: The Executive Leadership Academy-UI Health Care