The Administrative Fellows Program provides professional development opportunities for faculty and staff (with standing appointments). By serving under the mentorship of a senior level administrator, fellows receive opportunities to broaden their perspectives and experiences in higher education administration. The fellowship experience is designed to allow the participants to become more effective in their existing positions within the University and to provide a base for them to compete at higher levels of administration for advancement in the future.

The objectives of the program are to identify faculty and staff who have potential for effective leadership; to increase awareness of the complexity of issues facing higher education and to enhance understanding of the environment in which decisions are being made; and to provide opportunities for participation in a wide range of decision-making processes, learning activities, and program management that provide a better understanding of the challenges of higher education administration. Although participation in the program does not guarantee appointment to an advanced or administrative position at the University, the program has been valuable in the past in increasing the pool of qualified women and minorities interested in pursuing careers in University administration.

Administrative Fellows for 2015-16 are:

Rebecca Cianci, Human Resources Manager, Smeal College of Business - Mentor: Susan Basso, Vice President for Human Resources

Madhavi Kari, Director, Office of Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement, College of Information Sciences and Technology - Mentor: Damon Sims, Vice President for Student Affairs

Binh P. Le, Associate Librarian/Head of Reference, Abington College - Mentor: Nick Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost


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Mentor Descriptions for 2015-16 Fellowship

Guidelines for Administrative Fellows and Mentors [PDF]

Frequently Asked Questions about the Program [PDF]

Administrative Fellows Program Application
Administrative Fellows Program Brochure

Other links of interest:

Commission for Women
Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity Diversity Links


Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Directory


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