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MAC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP)

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The University of Toledo has joined with other colleges and universities in the Mid- American Conference (MAC) to participate in the Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP). The mission of the MAC ALDP is to identify, develop, prepare and advance faculty as academic leaders in the Mid-American Conference universities.  The program provides an opportunity for University faculty to gain valuable knowledge and experience in academic leadership by working closely with select administrators from other colleges and universities in the MAC. 

Key outcomes of the program include:

  • Articulate the complexity of the structure and operations within an institution and  across institutions;
  • Describe the impact of the external influences on the role of leaders in a higher institution.  This should include, but is not limited to, federal/state regulations and mandates, accreditation, and community influence;
  • Identify best practices in academic leadership;
  • Assess one’s own leadership potential, including strengths and weaknesses, and identify leadership pathways;
  • Communicate the importance of inclusive excellence.

Up to three qualified faculty will be selected each year to serve as University of Toledo ALDP Fellows. The program has two components: a university-level development program for the selected fellows facilitated by the provost’s office and institutional administrators, and participation in two, 3-day MAC-wide workshops for all program participants that will be held on one of the MAC school campuses. These workshops will address topics such as conflict resolution, budgeting, accreditation and accountability. 

The goal of this program is to expose faculty who are interested in administration to the challenges and rewards of institutional service and to prepare them for potential leadership positions within the academy.  Whether or not a Fellow ultimately chooses to pursue an administrative position in the future, the program will, at a minimum, provide him or her with a better appreciation for and understanding of how universities operate.

Application Process

Application for consideration as one of the University of Toledo’s MAC ALDP Fellows for 2018-19 requires a letter of nomination by an academic dean. To be eligible, a nominee must be a tenured faculty member.  Nominees are expected to possess strong leadership capacities, an outstanding record of achievement in their current and past positions, and an expressed interest in administrative service.

The dean’s nomination should take the form of a letter no more than two pages in length that describes the leadership qualities of the nominee and elaborates upon his or her contributions to the academic department, unit or division.  Each nomination should be accompanied by the application below, completed by the nominee. Each dean’s nominating letter, the nominee’s application, and a copy of the nominee’s CV should be sent (via email) to The deadline for submitting nominating letters and applications is Thursday, May 31, 2018. Fellows will be selected and announced before the end of June.

Click the button to access the MAC-ALDP Nomination Application:

MAC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP)
University of Toledo Fellows Application Form

Fellowship Year

During the fall semester, each Fellow will have the opportunity to meet with the other University of Toledo Fellows every 3-4 weeks for a facilitated discussion of relevant professional literature. Several books relevant to leadership in higher education are being provided to the selected Fellows by the MAC as part of the ADLP initiative.

The spring semester will be devoted to designing and submitting a leadership portfolio and meeting monthly with the institution administrators and/or other Fellows.  The portfolio will include several leadership artifacts, including a statement of the Fellow’s leadership philosophy, C.V., leadership goals as well as reflections on the two MAC ALDP Workshops.  The goal of the portfolio is to assist the Fellow to reflect and gain insight into his or her future leadership goals. The MAC-ALDP Liaisons (who are upper level administrators in other MAC institutions) will provide input on the Fellows’ portfolios.

Fellows are required to attend the two MAC ALDP Workshops that are scheduled during the fall, in November 2018 at Miami University, and spring, in February at Central Michigan University. These workshops will follow a format designed to maximize interaction among the Fellows representing the various MAC universities.  Case studies, group discussions and other group activities will be incorporated into the Workshops.

Questions regarding the Academic Leadership Development Program should be directed to or




Last Updated: 5/3/18