The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has announced the inaugural class of its emerging leaders program, and Sarah Shin, a professor of education and president of UMBC’s Faculty Senate, is one of just 25 candidates nationwide selected for the program.
The program is designed for mid-career professionals and faculty leaders in higher education and it provides an opportunity for participants to strengthen and enhance their leadership skills while developing a network of experienced leaders and experts in higher education from around the country.
“We need a robust pipeline of talented professionals interested in advancing their careers in higher education,” said AASCU President Muriel A. Howard in a news release announcing the program. “AASCU has a long history of providing successful leadership development programs at every professional level of higher education administration.”
“I feel privileged to be selected to participate in the inaugural class of AASCU’s Emerging Leaders Program,” said Shin. “This is a great honor for our university and a fantastic opportunity for me to engage with experienced leaders and experts in higher education. The program includes opportunities for hands-on practical exercises, a leadership self-assessment, and the development of individualized leadership plans. I hope to bring back lessons learned from this experience to contribute to advancing the mission of UMBC.”
Presidents, chancellors, and cabinet-level administrators nominated each emerging leader. As part of the requirements for the program, each participant had to demonstrate the potential for advancement at their campus and upon completion of the program, nominators will identify a project, initiative or assignment that will expand the participant’s knowledge of the university and facilitate his or her growth as leader by using the skills learned during the program.
The three-day seminar will be held June 11-14 in Washington, D.C. Visit the AASCU website to learn more about the program and members of the inaugural class.
Image: Sarah Shin. Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.