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.

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 8 sessions between September and April on the MU campus. The 2022-23 dates are:

  • September 13th: Leadership identity
  • October 12th: Inclusive leadership
  • November 1st: Building teams
  • December 5th: Building community
  • January 24th: Conflict management
  • February 15th: Making change
  • March 15th: Building community
  • April 5th: Next steps for you

Cohort Directory, 2022-2023

  • Denise Adkins, Professor, Information Science & Learning Technologies
  • Andre Ariew, Associate Professor, Philosophy
  • Irma Arteaga, Associate Professor, Truman School of Government & Public Affairs
  • Lyria Bartlett, Interim Chair, Architectural Studies
  • Debora Bell, Chair, Psychological Sciences
  • David Braun, Professor & 2018 Eisenstark Faculty Fellow, Plant Sciences
  • Constance Brooks, Associate Professor, Health Psychology
  • Heike Buecking, Director, Plant Sciences
  • Sarah Diem, Professor & Chair, Education Leadership & Policy Analysis
  • Daive Dunkley, Chair & Director, Black Studies & Peace Studies
  • Maria Fidalgo, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Jean Goodman, Griffin Endowed Chair & Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health
  • Julia Halsey, Assistant Clinical Department Professor, Medicine
  • Rachel Harper, Associate Director, Honors College
  • Scott Holan, Professor, Statistics
  • Heather Isherwood, Associate Professional Practice Professor, Journalism
  • David Kline, Professor, Biomedical Sciences
  • Amy Knopps, Associate Director of Bands & Director of Athletic Bands, Music
  • Richelle Koopman, Vice Chair of Research & Faculty Affairs and Professor, Family & Community Medicine
  • Mark Palmer, Associate Professor, Geography
  • Christian Rojas-Moreno, Interim Director, Infectious Disease
  • Anne Stanton, Associate Director, Visual Studies
  • Todd VanPool, Professor & Chair, Anthropology
  • Amber Vroman, Program Director for Undergraduate Studies, Nursing

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