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Division of Human Resources

Leadership Development

Leaders define, influence and model the core values of our university. By developing our leaders today, we ensure we are equipped to lead our university tomorrow.

The University of South Carolina offers two leadership development programs — Pipeline for Academy Leadership (PAL) and Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). 

The PAL fellowship is an invitation-only program for academic leaders and administrative executives who are currently serving in, or who have the potential to, hold a high-level position at UofSC in the near future. Examples of the types of employees who participate in this program are: directors, assistant vice presidents, associate vice presidents, department chairs, assistant deans and associate deans.

To participate in this program, academic leaders must be nominated by the dean of their college or school, and then approved by the Office of the Provost. Administrative executives must be nominated by the vice president of their division.

Nominations for faculty members must be submitted to Dr. Cheryl Addy (caddy@mailbox.sc.edu) in the Provost Office by May 14, 2021.

Nominations for administrative executives must be submitted to Nathan Strong (strongn@mailbox.sc.edu) in the Organizational and Professional Development Office by May 14, 2021.

The Vice President for Human Resources and the Provost contacts each nominee to determine if they are able to participate. A cohort of 24-28 persons are selected each year.

In order to receive a certificate of completion, program participants are required to attend 85% or more of the leadership sessions that run from August to April. Participants are also required to participate in peer group coaching sessions, and a project that may involve additional meeting time outside of the scheduled leadership sessions.

A 360° feedback process is conducted which requires participants to meet with a coaching mentor from the Organizational and Professional Development Office to discuss the results. An Individual Development Plan [pdf] is created based upon the 360° feedback process and coaching conversations.

All costs associated with this program are covered by the university.

Nominations occur in April-May and participants are notified of their selection in June. The PAL program follows the academic year, running from mid-August through the end of April.

 

PAL dates for 2021-2022:

Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 15 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Thursday, November 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, January 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 15 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Monday, March 14 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Note: All sessions are scheduled for 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 101 unless otherwise noted. 

Contact Nathan Strong, Director of Organizational and Professional Development, at 803-777-3508 for additional information regarding the Pipeline for Academy Leaders program, or email the department at hrtrain@mailbox.sc.edu.

The Emerging Leaders Program is the University of South Carolina’s signature mid-level leadership program designed for high-potential staff who have proven responsibility and accountability over at least one of the following areas: 
  1. Managing a team OR
  2. Providing direction/oversight to a program, system, or large project(s)
To participate in this program, the staff member must be in good standing and working in a full-time staff position as a University of South Carolina-Columbia employee for a minimum of six (6) months.
This year twenty (20) ELP participants will be selected through a competitive application and interview process.  
Number 1

Complete the Application

Complete the application in its entirety, including applicant, supervisor, and leadership signatures.  Incomplete applications may be rejected.

Number 2

Attach Letter of Recommendation/Endorsement

Attach a letter of recommendation/endorsement from your *leadership sponsor indicating: their support and a commitment throughout the program including the cost of the program their understanding of the program time requirements why they are recommending you currently over others what they hope you will gain from this program Applications submitted without this letter attached will be rejected. *Leadership sponsor includes your respective Department Head/Chair, Dean, Provost, Vice-Provost, Associate Vice President, or Vice President.

Number 3

Email Your Application and Letter of Recommendation

Email your application and letter of recommendation packet to kpruitt2@mailbox.sc.edu by the deadline of Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at midnight.

Number 4

Interview for the Program in Early July 

Eligible, qualified applications are rated, and top candidates are selected to interview for the program in early July.  The review committee strives to create a diverse cohort of proven, high-potential leaders, representing many roles and work settings/departments across the university.

Number 5

Applicants Notified Early August & Program starts Sept 1, 2021

Applicants are notified of their application status by early August.  The program starts on September 1, 2021.

Program sessions build on content knowledge.Program participants are required to attend 85% or more of the leadership sessions that run from September to April to receive a certificate of completion.Participants are also required to participate in peer group coaching sessions and a project that may involve additional time outside of the scheduled leadership sessions.Participants will also participate in a 360° feedback process that includes an individual coaching session to create a personal SWOT and an Individual Development Plan based upon the 360° feedback process, other program assessment results and ongoing coaching conversations.

A non‐refundable fee of $700 is charged to the department if the applicant is selected to participate. This fee is used solely to cover Emerging Leaders Program expenses including speaker fees, training materials, assessments, and other costs.
The ELP program follows the academic year.
Activity Completed No Later Than
Program announced and deadline for application packets to be submitted to kpruitt2@mailbox.sc.edu Mid-May 2021 to Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at midnight.
Application and interview selection process.  Participants receive their acceptance letter and verify their commitment to the year‐long program. July through early August 2021

Reminder: 85% session attendance required for successful ELP completion. All sessions will be held in-person at 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 101 unless otherwise noted. Sessions will not be recorded nor streamed for off-site viewing.
Session Date Time
Session 1  Wednesday, September 1, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Session 2  Thursday, September 2, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Session 3  Thursday, September 23, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Session 4  Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Session 5  Tuesday, November 16, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Session 6  Monday, December 6, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Session 7  Wednesday, January 26, 2022 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Session 8  Thursday, January 27, 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Session 9  Thursday, February 24, 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Session 10  Wednesday, March 23, 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Session 11  Wednesday, April 6, 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Weather Makeup Day Wednesday, April 20, 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Note: All sessions are scheduled for 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 101 unless otherwise noted. 

Contact Kim Pruitt, Assistant Director for Organizational Development, at kpruitt2@mailbox.sc.edu for additional information regarding the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP).

These programs provide a framework for leadership development that starts at the personal level, increasing self-awareness to better communicate, influence and work with others; and then develops skills for leading teams and organizations.

Participants gain valuable insights into their own preferences, tendencies and behaviors as leaders by engaging a series of assessments, including a 360-degree feedback process. Cohort groups learn about the university’s academic and administrative culture and work processes through interaction with the institution’s leadership.


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