Provost Leadership Program

About the Program

The Provost Leadership Program (PLP) was adapted from the UM System Leadership Development Program (LDP) for MU faculty leaders as the System program was put on hold.

While elements of the LDP will be retained in this new program, other things will be different as we are able to customize some of the experience to MU leadership. The major components of this program will include assessments, faculty panels, topics for discussion, MU specific issues and leadership lunches.

PLP affirms the vital role of faculty leaders and seeks to enhance their leadership competencies within the academic setting. We recognize that our current and emerging faculty leaders define the direction and values of their department and school. In turn, these leaders shape how MU discovers, disseminates, preserves, and applies knowledge. 

Applications for the 2022-23 Provost Leadership Program are now open. Please submit your application by April 6th.

Program Goals and Benefits

The goal of the program has been to develop academic leaders who will guide MU into the future. Through the program, members are able to come together for further development and growth as leaders, while expanding and enriching professional networks on personal and institutional levels. Upon completion of the program, PLP members will have gained practical skills to:

  • Offer guidance and support to the faculty
  • Strategically plan for the future of an academic school or department
  • Work with a network of peers to tackle leadership concerns
  • Build commitment among department colleagues toward academic excellence and the MU mission

PLP will consist of 7 half day sessions between October and March on the MU campus. The 2021-22 dates are:

  • September 29th: Introduction & learning about yourself
  • October 19th: Inclusive leadership
  • November 11th: Building teams
  • December 2nd: Making change
  • January 25th: Building community
  • February 16th: Building community
  • March 8th: Next steps for you

Cohort Directory, 2021-2022

  • Lee-Ann Allen, Department Chair, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
  • Miriam Barquero-Molina, Director of Undergraduate Studies & Director of Geology Field Camp, Geological Sciences
  • Gillian, Bartlett, Professor & Associate Dean of Population Health and Research Outcomes, Family and Community Medicine
  • Lauren Brengarth, Assistant Teaching Professor & Curriculum Director for Professional Edge, Management & Professional Edge
  • Shannon Breske, Director of Study Abroad & Assistant Teaching Professor, Management & International Relations
  • Jeffrey Bryan, Professor, Director & Faculty Research Lead, Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
  • Li-Wu Chen, Department Chair, Health Sciences
  • Candace Kuby, Department Chair & Associate Professor, Learning, Teaching & Curriculum
  • Antoinette Landor, Associate Professor & Millsap Professor of Diversity & Multicultural Studies, Human Development and Family Science
  • Emma Lipton, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, English
  • Elizabeth Malm-Buatsi, Assistant Professor, Surgery
  • Kerry McDonald, Professor & Chair, Medical Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Megan Moore, Associate Professor of French, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Brian Silvey, Professor & Associate Chair, School of Music
  • Amy Simons, Professor, Journalism Studies
  • Christopher Slaten, Department Chair, Educational, School and Counseling Psychology
  • Angela Tennison, Associate Dean for Student & Academic Affairs, Dean’s Office/Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
  • Aaron Thompson, Director, School of Social Work
  • Michael Volz, Director, International Studies
  • Justin Walensky, Associate Professor & Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Chemistry

For questions about the Provost Leadership Program, please contact Carrie Nicholson ( or Alexandra Socarides (