University at Albany

The UAlbany Provost’s Fellows Program

Over the years, a number of University at Albany tenured academic faculty members have expressed interest in exploring the possibility of augmenting or broadening their research and scholarly activities with administrative and leadership responsibilities. In an effort to grow leadership capabilities at UA and to respond to these kinds of requests for growth and creative uses of faculty expertise, the Provost’s Fellows Program has been established.

Program Description

The faculty members who participate are placed in and work on a project introducing them to an important and timely issue in higher education administration. As Provost's Fellows, they will also participate in a Fellows Council designed offer a forum for exchange of ideas, opportunities to explore creative solutions to challenges experienced within the projects, and opportunities to hear invited speakers on topics relevant to their projects.  The Provost’s office will sponsor and negotiate release time for each Fellow in accordance with the time commitment required for any specific project.

Provost's Fellows projects will: 

  • be of interest to the faculty member in question
  • fill a need within the University
  • reach any or all of the following goals:
    • achieve greater student and faculty engagement
    • create improved administrative functions
    • cross boundaries and create new and productive connections
    • generate new sources of revenue for the university

Past Projects have included: review and clarification of the Promotion and Tenure guidelines and processes; internationalization at UAlbany; building a viable Humanities Institute; developing support for the Writing and Critical Inquiry Program; designing and implementing an Institutional Digital Repository; review and improvement of research services; and building community and support for junior faculty with special focus on faculty of color.

Deans are asked to submi ideas for projects that would be of use to their School or College. Faculty may also propose additional or alternative Provost's Fellows Projects and submit applications for them. Application procedures can be found at the bottom of this document. Projects might include such activities as analyzing and enhancing communication across Academic Affairs; effective use of data within or across units; or enhancing service learning opportunities for students and faculty. Other types of project ideas are welcomed.

Eligibility and Application Procedures: 

Tenured full or associate professors are encouraged to apply to the Provost’s Fellows Program. Interested faculty may submit to their dean their curriculum vitae and personal statement of interest in the area of proposed assignment and project. Application materials should be forwarded to the Office of the Provost by the dean with an accompanying letter of nomination.

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