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Administrative Fellows

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ADVANCE is a unit within the Dean of Faculties Office that offers programs designed to advance faculty diversity, inclusion and success. The ADVANCE Administrative Fellows Program provides an opportunity for mid- to late-career faculty to take on a temporary, part-time administrative role in an administrative unit at the college or university level. ADVANCE provides funding to help support these positions and to provide leadership development training. 

Each fellow will serve in a leadership role that is designed in collaboration with a host unit. Each role will be the functional equivalent of an administrative internship with the following elements:
  • Limited Term.  The fellowship period is for one academic year (2020-21) to allow meaningful engagement with a specific project. It is anticipated, however, that some of the positions designed through this program will become permanent, and that some of the Administrative Fellows will transition into permanent leadership positions. 
  • Part-Time.  These positions will be part-time so the faculty member can continue their research and other academic duties. The positions may be budgeted for anywhere ranging anywhere from 25% to 50% administrative time, as determined by the proposed fellow and the host unit. The remaining percent effort will be with the home department, with the specific breakdown of duties negotiated between the fellow and the department head.
  • Meaningful Experience.  The position will allow the fellow to exercise an active leadership role that contributes to a specific project or issue that is viewed as important to the host unit. Each fellow will have a defined a set of responsibilities or tasks that are mutually determined between the host unit and the administrative fellow. The experience is likely to include budgetary responsibility and/or line management experience.  
  • External Leadership Development Opportunities.  Each fellow will receive a leadership development bursary to support their participation in a national leadership development program (e.g. programs offered by the American Council on Education, the Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Institute, or Academic Impressions conferences). Fellows may also choose to use these funds to receive executive coaching, and/or to attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE).  
  • Internal Leadership Development Opportunities. Each fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in the Dean of Faculties Leadership Learning Community organized at Texas A&M University for administrative leaders (including the SEC Academic Leadership Development Fellows and other newly appointed leaders on campus).
  • Mentorship.  Each Fellow will be mentored closely by the administrator who creates the position and supervises their work (e.g. a Provost/Vice Provost/Associate Provost, Vice President, Dean/Associate Dean).  


The aim of the program is to develop potential faculty leaders who are likely to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at Texas A&M University.   


Eligibility CRITERIA

This program is designed for all mid-career and senior university faculty at Texas A&M University. This includes tenured faculty and Academic Professional Track (APT) faculty at the rank of associate or full professor, senior lecturer, etc.

Hiring units are intended to be administrative units that are typically led by faculty administrators. This includes college units, the provost's office, offices that are led by a vice-provost or associate provost, etc. 

Faculty and hiring units located outside of Bryan-College Station are eligible to apply.



Priority will be given to proposals that meet one or more of the following three criteria:
  • Proposed fellows who have demonstrated experience as effective leaders, but have not yet taken on a titled leadership role that reports to a college or university administrator. Examples would include (but not be limited to) faculty who have served as associate head, director of graduate studies, or president of a scholarly organization.
  • Proposed fellows who are from underrepresented groups from their home units. This would include (but not be limited to) faculty from underrepresented minority groups, women from STEM fields, and men from fields such as education or nursing.
  • Proposed administrative roles that bear some relevance to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts (broadly conceived) at the college or university level.


ADVANCE will provide selected Fellows with the following:
  • $20,000 to be provided to the Fellow’s home department for course buyout, and
  • $10,000 to be provided to the Fellow as a bursary for professional leadership training.

Course buyout funds are intended to be used towards the cost of replacement teaching (not to replace salary).  The course reduction is likely to vary from one fellow to the next depending on the faculty member’s standard course load and the typical cost in that unit to hire a part-time lecturer and/or graduate teaching assistant. The host unit may need to top off the funds provided by ADVANCE.

Leadership training programs also vary in cost.  If the cost to participate in a particular program exceeds the amount provided by ADVANCE, then the host unit is expected to provide the difference. 

Host units are expected to provide a minimum of $10,000 in matching funds for proposed fellows. Matching funds can be designated for supplemental pay (including summer salary), or used to provide additional support for course buyout costs or leadership development training (as needed). 

ADVANCE will provide funding for up to three Administrative Fellows for 2020-2021. Units can propose more than one fellow, but no more than one fellow will be selected for any given unit.

Application Process

Applications are prepared jointly by a nominating unit and a nominated candidate, and submitted along with a 2-page CV for the nominee, to  ADVANCE will facilitate the process of matching hiring units and fellows. College and university administrators who are interested in hosting an Administrative Fellow will have the option of submitting information about an available opportunity. ADVANCE will post these opportunities on the ADVANCE website and will distribute this information to faculty across the university.

The application form includes sections to be filled out by the hiring unit, the prospective fellow, and the department head.  The hiring unit should describe the nature of the position and the percent effort. The prospective fellow should describe their relevant experience and their interest in taking on this position. Finally, the head should provide a short statement confirming that the department will provide a course release that is appropriate to the percent effort for the position, and describe how service expectations within the department will be adjusted, particularly if the nominee is at the associate professor rank.

All applications will be reviewed by the ADVANCE Program Committee. The following criteria and weights will be used to evaluate all eligible applications:
  • the extent to which the application matches the priority criteria for this program (50%)
  • the host unit’s proposed plan for providing a meaningful leadership experience (10%)
  • the host unit’s proposed plan for mentoring the nominee (10%)
  • the nominee’s stated goals for this experience (10%)
  • the thoughtfulness of the nominee’s plan for leadership training (10%)
  • the nominee’s preparation and potential as an academic leader (10%)


The application deadline has passed for the 2020-21 competition cycle.

The application deadline for the 2021-22 competition cycle will be announced at the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester.


Contact Information

Any questions about this program should be sent to