Faculty Fellows Program

TWU political science professor Parker Hevron teaching a class
TWU political science professor Parker Hevron will be one of six faculty members taking part in the 2022-23 College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Fellows program.

The Faculty Fellows Program creates leadership development opportunities for faculty who aspire to academic administrative positions like department chairs, directors of schools, or deans. The program seeks to deepen participants’ understandings of academic leadership, strengthen participants’ skills in key areas of academic administration, and examine issues that particularly women and people of color face in higher education.

Up to five participants are selected to participate each year. This program was made possible through the generosity of the TWU Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership.


The program includes the following required components and expectations:

  1. Creating and successfully executing an administrative project under the mentorship of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and/or one of the associate deans of the College. The project may be in the areas of curricular and academic program development; student recruitment and retention; budget oversight and development; professional development and mentoring programs for faculty; or advancement, grant-writing and fundraising. Each participant meets with the Dean and/or their associate dean mentor at least monthly.
  2. Participating in monthly group meetings over lunch to discuss scholarship on academic leadership and to listen to presentations on academic administration. These monthly meetings will seek to deepen understanding of academic leadership through discussion and dialogue with the ideas of experienced leaders in higher education. The discussions include reflecting on issues affecting women, especially women of color, in academia. Readings for discussion will be drawn from such sources as Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia (2020), edited by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, et. al.; Brené Brown, Dare to Lead (2018); and Higher Education Administration for Social Justice and Equity, ed. Adrianna Kezar and Julie Posselt (2020).
  3. Attending at least one leadership conference of interest to each participant.
  4. By May 15, 2023, submitting a report on one’s activities in this program.
  5. By May 15, 2023, submitting 5- to 10-minute video discussing what one learned about academic leadership from participating in the program.
  6. Providing feedback to evaluate the program.


Each selected faculty fellow is awarded the following:

  1. One course release (.25 FTE) in Fall 2022 and one course release (.25 FTE) in Spring 2023.
  2. $3,000 to travel to at least one academic leadership conference in 2022-2023.
  3. $850 for books and supplies related to their participation in this program.
  4. Mentorship, support and opportunities to gain leadership experience and knowledge while contributing to the College of Arts and Sciences.


  1. All full-time faculty, including tenured, tenure-track, clinical and lecturers, are eligible.
  2. Awards are made with the expectation that the faculty member will continue in service to TWU for at least one academic year following their participation in this program. Faculty in their terminal year of employment at TWU are not eligible.
  3. Faculty who are on disciplinary action or remediation plans are not eligible.

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