FAS Dean’s Leadership Fellows

The FAS Dean’s Leadership Fellows program is a focused, small group coaching program for faculty interested in pursuing or currently holding leadership roles. Leadership Fellows will meet regularly in small groups with a leadership coach to further develop their leadership goals and will engage in dialogue with leaders from Yale and beyond. Participants will be selected through a nomination process.

Nomination Deadline: December 1, 2023.

Up to 10 FAS Faculty members will be selected to be part of this focused leadership development program. The coaching groups will provide training and support for those currently in leadership roles and for those who may take on leadership roles in the future.  

The program has two components:

  • In-person workshops and opportunities to meet with university leaders from Yale and beyond
  • Small-group leadership coaching sessions


  • On January 23 and 24, 2024, Kevin Dettmar, W.M. Keck Professor of English at Pomona College, author of How to Chair a Department, and columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education, will offer a series of workshops and consultations sessions for Leadership Fellows and other FAS faculty members. Details are forthcoming.
  • On February 15, 2024,  Leadership Fellows will have the opportunity to attend a lunch and discussion with a panel of academic leaders. Details are forthcoming.

Group coaching

Coaching groups, led by a professional leadership coach, will meet on Zoom six times between February – June 2023. Meetings will be 1.5 hours long. Topics covered in the group will be tailored to participant interest and may include the following:   

  • Developing a departmental (or unit level) vision and goals in alignment with the university’s vision and strategic plan 

  • Strategic planning and strategic management 

  • Effectively supervising staff 

  • Motivating and mentoring faculty members 

  • Managing conflict and difficult personalities 

  • Managing your time – balancing leadership and scholarship

Upon completion of the FAS Dean’s Leadership Fellows program, participating faculty may request a semester of one-on-one coaching support through the Coaching for Success program. 

Participants will be selected through a nomination process. To submit a nomination, please complete the form below by December 1, 2023.

We encourage you to nominate colleagues. Self-nominations are also very welcome. Nominees may be faculty who are currently in leadership roles (i.e.: chairs of committees, programs, or departments; program directors; directors of graduate or undergraduate studies, etc.) or faculty who may pursue leadership roles in the future. 


We welcome nominations of:

  • any ladder faculty member with a primary or fully joint appointment in an FAS department or program, or 

  • any instructional (non-ladder) faculty member with a primary or fully joint full-time multi-year non-visiting appointment in an FAS department or program or the MacMillan Center.

Nomination Form

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