PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy – Nominations Now Open

The nomination process is now open for participation in the 2020-2021 PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy. This one-year program, now in its tenth year, is designed to provide selected doctoral student Fellows with an introduction to current practices and challenges in higher education, and knowledge of the organizational, analytic, communication, and personal competencies recognized as critical to effective leadership across multiple organizational settings. The program was created to provide a complement to a discipline-based study by offering experiential and classroom opportunities that emphasize leadership styles and strategies, collaborative decision-making, planning and organizational assessment, communication with internal and external constituencies, and other skill-sets that are important to informal and formal leadership and professional advancement.

The PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy is one of the many leadership development programs sponsored by the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership. The program is offered with support from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the School of Graduate Studies, School of Arts and Sciences-NB, and the School of Communication and Information.

Open to all Rutgers University doctoral students in good standing from Camden, Newark, New Brunswick, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, we invite nominations of students from all disciplines. We are especially committed to reviewing letters for women and diverse candidates to enhance the pool of future academic administrators nationally. The sessions will convene in New Brunswick on Friday mornings from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and all selected candidates will be expected to attend class in-person for two consecutive semesters.

Students who wish to be considered for participation in the program will need to be nominated by a program director, department chair, dean, or vice-president. The nomination form can be found at Nominations for the next cohort will be accepted through April 1, 2020. Decisions will be made in May 2020.

Click here for more detailed information regarding the program. Questions about the program should be directed to

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