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MAC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) Fellows 2021-22

Western Michigan University has joined with other colleges and universities in the Mid- American Conference (MAC) to participate in the Academic Leadership 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 WMU 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 four outstanding individuals are selected each year to serve as Western Michigan ALDP Fellows under the mentorship the Associate Provost of WMUx. The program has three basic, required elements: (i) a university-level development program led by the associate provost for the selected WMU fellows, (ii) participation in multiple MAC-wide workshops for all program participants that will be held virtually during the fall 2021 semester and, if conditions allow, in-person at the MAC headquarters in Cleveland in spring 2022; and (iii) completion of a portfolio that documents and allows for reflection of the experience. The workshops will address topics such as conflict resolution, budgeting, accreditation and accountability.

Dr. Ed Martini, Associate Provost of WMUx

The goal of this program is to expose faculty who are interested in administration and those who have recently moved into an administrative role as chair or associate dean (within the last three years) 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 them with a better appreciation for and understanding of how universities operate.

Selection Process

  • June 4 application deadline

Academic Deans and the Executive Board of the Faculty Senate are invited to nominate up to two individuals for an ADLP Fellowship. To be eligible, a nominee must be a tenured faculty member. Master Faculty Specialists are eligible. Nominees are expected to possess strong leadership capacities as well as an outstanding record of achievement in their current and past positions, along with an expressed interest in administrative service. 

The nomination must take the form of a letter no more than two pages in length that describes the leadership qualities of the nominee and elaborates upon their contributions to the academic department, unit or division. Each nomination should be accompanied by an application completed by the nominee.

Deans and the Executive Board of the Faculty Senate are responsible for getting the following application material to the candidates they select.

The nominating letter and application should be submitted electronically:    Application Form

The application deadline is Friday, June 4, 2021, and decisions will be announced shortly after.

Fellowship Year

Each fall semester, the Fellow will have the opportunity to meet with the other Western Michigan Fellows and the Associate Provost for Assessment and Undergraduate Studies to discuss relevant professional literature and to design a leadership portfolio to be completed during the spring semester. The portfolio will include several leadership artifacts, including leadership philosophy, CV and leadership goals. The goal of the portfolio is to assist the Fellow to reflect and gain insight on 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.

In addition, all Fellows are required to attend the MAC ALDP Workshops scheduled during the year. These workshops are hosted by MAC institutions and will follow a format designed to maximize interaction among the Fellows. Case studies, group discussions and other group activities will be incorporated into the workshops. All expenses for the workshops are covered by either the MAC or WMU.

Questions regarding the Academic Leadership Development Program should be directed to Dr. Ed Martini, Associate Provost, WMUx at