Advanced Leadership Program

The 2015-16 ALP application process is now closed.


Participants will experience a unique opportunity to further develop their leadership skills through presentations by executive and senior-level University administrators, active participation in focused discussions on organizational development that are supplemented by assigned readings and small group discussion, and the creation of an independent project that must engage the principles of leadership and systems change management. Participants will also receive individual and group consultation and support during the independent project phase.

CEW posts the ALP application and nomination materials to our website, and sends out a call for nominations via email, in early June to all eligible UM staff. Nominations and applications for the Advanced Leadership Program are accepted during the months of June and July, and staff selected for the program are notified in August.

Application Process

Steps to apply for the 2015-2016 CEW Advanced Leadership Program: 

1. Interested candidate prints the application packet (components are: Application, Personal Statement, Statement of Department Support, and 2 Endorsements).

2. Employee applicant completes the:

 Application, and
 Brief Personal Statement, then
 Secures supervisor’s signature on the “Statement of Department Support” and includes the form with the completed application. For selected participants, the fee for the series is $650 and is due by Wednesday, September 16, 2015. 

3. Employee applicant identifies two people to write an endorsement – supervisor, and/or department dean, director or chair (note if your supervisor is also the department head, please select someone else familiar with your work for the second endorsement). Employee forwards the endorsement form to the
two “endorsers,” who complete and send it to CEW by Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

4. Please submit an original, plus 1 copy of the entire packet (application, personal statement, resume, “Statement of Support”). Endorsements should be submitted separately by endorsers. CEW will accept all completed packets received by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Selection Criteria

Employees must be nominated by a department/unit manager or supervisor (who signs a statement of departmental support) and have two letters of endorsement to be considered for this program. Applicants submit their resume/vita and respond to a number of questions about their leadership experience, goals and experience with change management. Nominated employees should have the capacity for influence and decision-making in their jobs, supervisory responsibility, and the potential to advance in their career field by participating in this leadership development program. CEW considers leadership experience, diversity of experience, representation across University units, and merit in assembling the cohort. 

Presentation Topics

  • Leadership, Vision & Values
  • UM Organization & Culture

  • Emotional Intelligence in Leadership
  • Organizational Change Leadership
  • Multicultural Communication
  • Positive Organizational Structure.

Sample ALP Projects

  • Re-examine the unit’s mission and values to determine a clear vision and develop a strategic plan.
  • Plan and coordinate a staff retreat with the goal to constructively influence the development of a reorganized work team/unit for improvedcohesion, balance, understanding, and efficiency.
  • Implement a new clinical service across ambulatory care sites within the University of Michigan Health System.
  • Create an outpatient program that offers timely consultations to PCP referrals in the clinic, and to provide additional resident education opportunities within a clinic setting.
  • Facilitate a smooth and positive change process in two areas: to support the leadership transition of a new section director, and to initiate assessment and strategic planning for the development of a new project.
  • Develop a new student fellows program for those students who showed exceptional leadership skills.
  • Create a robust, easy to use and informative wiki to be utilized by reference desk staff of the nineteen libraries that make up the University of Michigan Library System. 

ALP Schedule (2015-2016)

September 2015 - December 2016 ALP Sessions
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Palmer Commons, Great Lakes North & Central)

December 2015 - March 2016     Project Work Phase
Groups of trios & quads, and individual consultations with project consultants

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 
Project Follow-up Session 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 
Project Presentations 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 
Project Presentations 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 
Project Presentations 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
ALP Reception 4:00-5:30 p.m.


If you have any questions about the Advanced Leadership Program, please contact CEW via email at or by phone at 734-764-6005.