College of Liberal Arts

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College of Liberal Arts

Dean Stevens and the AY 22-23 cohort. 



The Staff Leadership Academy is open to all full-time staff members who have a minimum of 6 months of continuous service at COLA at the time of application. Staff do not need to have prior managerial or formal leadership experience, rather a desire to learn and a commitment to build their leadership skills to enhance and grow their careers.


There is no fee to apply nor to attend. Instead, we ask for the commitment of staff time and supervisor support.

Required Materials

Up to 15 COLA staff will be selected to participate in the program for the 2023-2024 academic year. The application will open May 1, 2023 with a submission deadline of June 16, 2023. 

Applications include:

  • One-page personal statement of interest describing the ways in which you most want to grow as a leader, and what you hope to get out of the COLA Staff Leadership Academy.
  • Résumé or CV
  • Two reference statements speaking to your leadership strengths and areas for potential growth in the program.
    • One from a current or former supervisor
    • One from a current or former colleague
  • Supervisor approval form

Selection for the program will be based on an applicant’s expressed desire for and commitment to personal and professional development. The college will strive to admit a diverse cohort that is representative of varying levels of leadership experience and roles.