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University at Albany’s Program for Career, Leadership and University Excellence (CLUE)

The CLUE program is a multi-faceted and growing set of initiatives aimed at addressing the various calls for action in the Going Forward Plan and the newly developed Strategic Plan. The Going Forward Plan called for ways to “invest in, and work to retain, our high quality faculty and staff” and the CLUE Program is specifically designed to support and retain our talented faculty and staff. The programs that are part of this effort include:

  • The annual Fall Faculty Retreat—a day-long welcome-back program that takes place the week before classes start in late August and which includes a workshop on teaching, opportunities for exchange between new and veteran teaching faculty and a presentation from the Albany Interactive Theater Ensemble.
  • Tenure Trek—a year-long program for pre-tenure faculty, designed to build the community and careers of those on the academic tenure track
  • The CLUE Planning Groups—an opportunity for faculty and staff to participate in longer-term and more specific conversations that are aimed at developing new ideas and finding concrete solutions to the issues raised in the Going Forward Plan and the Strategic Plan. Initially we have started with three CLUE Planning groups, with more groups to be developed depending on the interests expressed by the UAlbany community over time. The existing CLUE Planning groups are dedicated to finding information and best practices on
    - Promotion and Tenure
    - Quality of Life at the University at Albany
    - Faculty Retention
    - Staff Retention
  • The CLUE Seminar—The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs sponsors an annual opportunity for academic tenured or tenure-track faculty members looking for ways to reflect on new strategies for structuring an effective academic career. We have designed the CLUE Seminars as an opportunity for a selected group of junior and senior faculty interested in developing leadership skills and in joining a community of faculty from all ranks focused on integrating research, teaching and service effectively in their careers. Up to 10 faculty are selected each year to participate. CLUE Fellows take part in a week-long, intensive program in August and in regular follow-up meetings during the subsequent 12 months, focusing on leadership and career management issues. Each faculty member receives a modest stipend for participation. Please click on the link below to see past
    CLUE Fellows.


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