The Big Ten Academic Alliance kicked off its 2022-23 Academic Leadership Program with the first seminar taking place at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus on Oct. 13-15. More than 80 fellows from across the Big Ten were in attendance including six fellows from Nebraska U.
Throughout the year, fellows will participate in intensive experiences aimed at enhancing their understanding of universities as dynamic and inclusive. While exploring their leadership roles, they will deepen their knowledge of the diverse, complex, and changing landscape of higher education.
The event marked the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that this seminar returned to being fully in person on a college campus.
"We always enjoy hosting the Academic Leadership Program at Nebraska, and returning to in-person, on campus events this year was even more special," said Judy Walker, associate vice chancellor for faculty and academic affairs. "The one-to-one relationships these fellows developed here will serve them well throughout the program and their careers in higher education."
During their visit, fellows heard from a variety of speakers on important topics in academia including critical challenges, inclusive excellence, and the social value of higher education. They also discussed freedom of expression and academic freedom, as well as the importance of student well-being and support.
Members of campus leadership, along with Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird, shared how the university worked in partnership with the City of Lincoln and the community for a COVID-19 response that allowed students to return to campus in the fall of 2020 for an in-person, residential educational experience.
The group also spent time with Chancellor Ronnie Green on Oct. 13, and Katherine Ankerson, executive vice chancellor, on Oct. 14 to hear about their perspectives and paths to leadership followed by a question and answer session.
"Among these fellows are likely to be our future deans, provosts, and college presidents. The knowledge and thoughtful conversations shared by Chancellor Green and Executive Vice Chancellor Ankerson were incredibly valuable," Walker said.
Fellows also had time to spend "outside the classroom" with opportunities to visit and learn more about the university's athletic-academic partnerships, the Johnny Carson School for Emerging Media Arts, Nebraska Innovation Studios, the International Quilt Museum, and the new Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall.
The program's next two events will be virtual, followed by a final, in-person seminar at Pennsylvania State University in the spring. Additionally, Nebraska U fellows will participate in on-campus meetings throughout the academic year with members of the university's academic leadership.