Miriam Sherin Chosen as Academic Leadership Fellow

Miriam Sherin Chosen as Academic Leadership Fellow

Miriam Sherin

Professor Miriam Sherin is one of five faculty leaders selected to be fellows in the Academic Leadership Program (ALP), an intensive yearlong program offered by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The program addresses challenges for administrators in major research universities.

“This is a significant opportunity for faculty at Northwestern, and our current and previous fellows are highly talented,” said Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, associate provost for faculty at Northwestern.

“The program’s strength lies in the intensive conferences that bring together more than 70 fellows from the 15 CIC institutions to participate in discussions around key topics such as diversity and inclusiveness, the university of the 21st century, effective leadership strategies and the like,” she said. “In addition, the engagement that fellows have with each other on campus throughout the year is very productive.”

The Academic Leadership Program -- geared toward addressing the challenges of academic administration at major research universities -- features three two-and-a-half day conferences hosted each year by a different subset of the CIC universities.

Sherin is a professor of learning sciences and director of undergraduate education at the School of Education and Social Policy. The other 2014-15 Northwestern ALP fellows are Linda J. Broadbelt, chair and Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of chemical and biological engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; Edward L. Gibson, chair and professor of political science, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Emily Kadens, professor of law, Northwestern University School of Law; and Susan E. Phillips, associate professor of English and Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professor, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

The program gives fellows, who often are already serving in leadership roles, the opportunity to expand their networks, perspectives and expertise. Many of the program’s nearly 1,000 fellows have gone on to become university or college presidents, provosts and deans. (The program began in 1989.)

“I have a new appreciation of the broader trends in higher education and how Northwestern fits into that context,” said Ann Bradlow, chair of Northwestern’s department of linguistics and an ALP fellow last year.

“At the seminars, it was extremely interesting to hear from presidents, provosts, vice presidents of research and deans about the challenges and opportunities facing universities today,” Bradlow said. “Also very valuable were the small discussion groups and networking with other fellows, who all had important information to share.”

For the first time, the ALP fellows will come to Northwestern in February for one of the conferences, which will focus on the theme of “Internal and External Relationships.” In addition to conversations with President Morton Schapiro and Provost Daniel Linzer, the fellows will participate in sessions on building collaborative research networks, understanding one’s own leadership style and supporting faculty and administrators through all stages of their academic careers.

The other two conferences during the 2014-15 academic year are “Issues and Ideas,” hosted by the University of Minnesota in October, and “Money, Management and Strategies,” hosted by The Ohio State University in April.

The five Northwestern fellows also will participate in a series of in-depth discussions and meetings with University leaders at Northwestern throughout the academic year.

This is Northwestern’s fourth year participating in ALP and third year of appointing fellows. The ALP is one of many faculty development programs administered by the Office of the Provost.

By Megan Fellman
Last Modified: 6/8/15