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UC Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD)

UC Women's Institute For Leadership Development (WILD)

The Women’s Initiatives Network (WIN) is offering a six-month leadership program designed to prepare mid-career faculty and staff women for senior leadership in higher education and to assure they are perceived as ready for higher level positions within UC. First offered in 2000, the recently revitalized WILD program continues the original program’s intent to assist UC women in advancing to senior academic and administrative positions.

WILD features interactive sessions on leadership strengths and style, authentic leadership, conflict management, financing higher education, negotiation, and navigating the culture at UC. Networking, case-studies, and action learning will be featured components of the program. A detailed schedule is on the program application form.

WILD Participants are expected to complete independent reading assignments and attend all program sessions. If selected for the program, a $100 fee will be charged to each participant’s division in order to defray incidental costs. There may be a minimal fee to support additional program materials.

A maximum of 10 faculty and 10 staff women will be selected. The following criteria will be assessed during the selection process:

Faculty applicants must:

• Hold a position of associate professor or higher with an interest in administrative positions (field service and clinical faculty eligible)


• Have held a faculty position at UC for a minimum of 2 years

Staff applicants must:

• Hold a position of at least an assistant or associate director, OR be at a pay grade of 16 or higher, OR have 3 years of documented administrative experience


• Hold a master’s degree and have been employed at UC for at least 2 years

All applicants are required to submit the application form and a current resume or vitae. Each applicant must provide a letter of support from their department head, dean, or divisional vice-president which addresses the applicant’s leadership skills and potential for advancement. Additionally, a one-page statement of interest must be submitted by the applicant explaining why they are interested in this program and how this program can fill a need for their own development.

Once your application is submitted, please hold all session dates, as you will be expected to attend all sessions. Should one or more sessions conflict with other commitments on your calendar, you are encouraged to defer your application to a subsequent year. If you have any questions, please call Barbara Rinto at (513) 556-3279 or or email Barbara.Rinto@uc.edu.

Click below to access the application for this year's program.