Provost's Administrative Fellows Program

The Provost's Administrative Fellows (PAF) program at the University of North Alabama offers professional development opportunities to tenured faculty members to further develop leadership skills and become more effective in their current and future positions as administrative leaders.  The program provides selected faculty members the opportunity to explore an interest in becoming administrative leaders within the campus community. Each fellow will be given the opportunity to serve under the mentorship of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and Senior Academic Affairs leaders to accomplish one or more defined projects. Fellows will also engage with a variety of university senior administrators and administrative groups. Although participation in this program does not guarantee an appointment to an advanced academic position, the experience can be invaluable to participants in meeting career goals and becoming better equipped to serve in an administrative or leadership position on campus.
  • Identify and further develop faculty members who desire advanced career opportunities in the future, thereby improving the succession process at UNA by increasing the pool of administrative leaders.
  • Increase faculty member’s awareness of the “nuts and bolts” of senior administration by experiencing the challenges and major issues that arise within higher education, while also increasing awareness of the environment in which those decisions are made.
  • Provide faculty members an opportunity to participate in the decision-making process and program management requirements.
  • Support the mission of UNA as a regional, comprehensive, evolving University.
  • Allow participants to pursue a targeted project in an area of strategic priority for the University.

Two Provost's Administrative Fellows will be accepted to the program for a nine-month period; appointments will begin in the fall term and end in Spring (August-May). commencing in the Fall semester, with the Provost serving as the overall supervisor of the Provost’s Administrative Fellows program. The term of appointment will be for one full academic year. Fellows will be granted a course release for each fall and spring semester, and the department will be provided with funds to allay costs of covering the faculty member's released courses.  Additional funds will be provided for the faculty member's professional development.  Please see the description attached below for more details.

All Provost’s Administrative Fellows will report to the Provost and will be assigned one major project, based on needs and strategic priorities of the University, and a series of multiple mini-tasks to complete within the nine-month period. There may be additional tasks assigned as needed.

Additional information regarding eligibility, the selection process, and program activities can be found by clicking on the link below labeled "Provost's Administrative Fellows Program Description." 

Provost's Administrative Fellows Program Description