Leadership Development

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

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

OE believes that at the University of Iowa, leaders at all levels should have opportunities to develop themselves and others to achieve peak performance. Our mission is to move you into the next level of professional leadership and to improve the effectiveness of your leadership teams.

OE Leadership Programs

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Leadership, Education, Assessment, and Development

UI LEAD (Leadership, Education, Assessment, and Development) is a comprehensive leadership program where mid-senior level staff and faculty work directly with peers, a coach, and leaders in their organization to further their career goals and effectiveness as a leader. Our approach is based upon the creation of a powerful partnership between the participant, the participant's supervisor/administrator, and their UI LEAD coach. 

Fee: $300 for UI Employees (additional $195 fee with optional 360 assessment)
Contact Hours: 12.5 hours in class; 3 hours coaching
Timeline to Finish: 3-4 months
Audience: Current faculty and staff leaders in expanding roles are nominated

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Executive Leadership Academy (ELA)

Higher Education

The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) – Higher Education is a comprehensive and immersive program that prepares UI leaders to meet the organizational goals of the University of Iowa now and into the future. ​This program is best suited for leaders who are new to or moving into more strategic roles and have demonstrated strong mid-level management experience. 

Fee: $2000 Academy fee for UI employees (scholarship may be available)
Contact Hours: Approximately 10 hours per/month
Timeline to Finish: 7 months
Audience: Mid-to-senior level faculty and staff leaders; ELA-Higher Education is a nomination/application process. 

Additional Leadership Opportunities 

Iowa Academic Leadership Academy

Faculty Leadership Development
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The Iowa Academic Leadership Academy (IALA) is designed to assist new or aspiring leaders (e.g., DEOs, program directors, associate deans) in making a successful transition to these key campus leadership roles. OE helps to support the IALA through facilitating Executive Coaching sessions.

Leadership at Iowa

Leadership Development for Everyone
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Discover a full overview of Iowa programs and other opportunities designed to serve your career and personal goals. Whether you're a faculty or staff member that is new to leadership, building on years of experience, or just ready to learn a few new skills, there are opportunities available for you!

Please reach out to for any questions regarding leadership programs and opportunities.