Faculty Program Trains 32 in Leadership Skills

June 15, 2006
Thirty-two faculty members are now better prepared to take the lead at UCSF, following the successful conclusion of the first faculty leadership development program. Launched earlier this year by the Chancellor's Council on Faculty Life in partnership with Coro Northern California, the faculty leadership collaborative gave two groups of 16 -- a diverse cross-section of fields, schools and ranks -- the opportunity to build personal and professional leadership skills. Designed for faculty interested in building community on campus, the UCSF-Coro Faculty Leadership Collaborative consisted of interactive seminars that helped faculty practice and strengthen personal leadership skills, develop a network of leaders, transcend campus community divisions and build confidence to initiate community change. The program also gave faculty the opportunity to interact with campus leaders and to learn more about what it takes to become an effective leader.
Participants in the faculty leadership collaborative, included, from left, top row down, Louis Reichardt, Renee Reijo Pera, Kimberly Topp, John Roberts, Descartes Li, Miriam Martinez, Stuart Gansky, Mary Croughan, JoAnne Saxe, Jack Resneck Jr., Chris Kane, Rebecca Jackson, Sheila Brear and Janice Lee. Those missing from the photo shoot were Lisa Bero and Ellen Haller.
The participants expressed a great deal of enthusiasm for this program, giving it high marks on the evaluations. "I gained an immense respect for and trust in my colleagues from other 'silos' whom I otherwise would not have met or interacted with," wrote one program participant. "Getting to know the other participants put a face on UCSF for me and made me feel much more a part of this immense institution." Another participant wrote, "I entered the program skeptical about my ability to be taught or learn specific leadership tools or skills. I emerged with an impressive array of such tools, several of which I have been using for several months as part of the program."
Participants in the second group of the faculty leadership collaborative, included, from left, top row down, Brian Schmidt, Kim Kirkwood, Hanmin Lee, Chris Cullander, Carmen Portillo, Dan Dohan, Ida Sim, Anne Chang, Judy Moskowitz, Louise Walter, Elena Fuentes-Afflick, Ellen Weber, Caroline Shiboski, Kit Chesla, Tina Raine and Stephen Hall.
The participants will be celebrated at a reception hosted by the Chancellor's Council on Faculty Life at the end of July. Although the formal program has ended, the participants have expressed a desire to continue meeting informally to work on issues and further develop their skills and relationships. It is anticipated that the program will be offered again in 2007. Information will be published in UCSF Today and through departments when the application period opens. All faculty members with an interest in developing their leadership skills are encouraged to apply. Links: UCSF Launches Faculty Leadership Collaborative