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KU faculty members selected for 2021-22 class of senior administrative fellows

Mon, 09/13/2021

LAWRENCE — A University of Kansas program with a commitment to developing potential in faculty has announced its newest cohort. The Senior Administrative Fellows Program, which began in 1993, cultivates the leadership skills and organizational know-how of tenured faculty through a yearlong exploration and mentoring curriculum.

Thirteen KU faculty members have been selected to take part in the SAF Program for the 2021-2022 academic year.

“The Senior Administrative Fellows Program provides a forum for our faculty to connect with others from across campus who are also actively considering how they might contribute to leadership, " said J. Christopher Brown, vice provost for faculty development and a past senior administrative fellow. “By meeting and getting to know many campus administrative leaders, fellows gain a valuable global perspective on all that is involved in taking on leadership roles in a major, public research university.”

The program is led by Brown and associate vice provost Jennifer Ng with the assistance of Jenny Mehmedovic, associate director of the Center for Faculty Development & Mentoring. The class of fellows is selected from applications solicited in the spring semester of the previous academic year.

“We are entering yet another academic year during a pandemic when additional pressures are on higher education,” Brown said. “Learning more about KU’s response to these pressures brings a valuable level of awareness among the fellows. This awareness will serve our university well, no matter the roles the fellows play in the future.”

This year’s participants:

  • Jonathan Brumberg, associate professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders
  • Hui Cai, associate professor and chair in the Department of Architecture
  • Joseph Erba, associate professor and chair of the strategic communication concentration in the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications
  • Ryan Funk, associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Tim Hossler, associate professor in the Department of Design
  • Mario Medina, Chair's Council Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering and associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Engineering
  • Sara Morris, collection development librarian at KU Libraries
  • Chang Hoon Oh, William and Judy Docking Professor of Strategy in the School of Business
  • Gene Parker III, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Jarron Saint Onge, associate professor in the Department of Sociology
  • Suzanne Shontz, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Sarah Shrader, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Molly Zahn, professor in the Department of Religious Studies.

More information on this year’s participants is available online.

The Senior Administrative Fellows Program has an established record of success. Many participants have gone on to lead programs at KU and elsewhere.

Past participants include Kim Wilcox, chancellor at the University of California-Riverside; Ann Cudd, provost at the University of Pittsburgh; Christopher Morphew, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education; and Sara Rosen, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Georgia State University. Several current and former vice provosts, associate deans, interim deans and directors at KU have also participated in the program.



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