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Application Window for WELD Open Now

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 2, 2020) The Women’s Executive Leadership Development (WELD) Program at the University of Kentucky is accepting applications now for the next cohort of participants for 2020. The eight-month long program, involving 20-25 faculty and staff, is planned to begin April 2020 and conclude in December 2020. 

Applicants must be mid-to-senior level faculty (associate professor or professor) and staff in executive, director and managerial positions and possess demonstrated leadership experience. 

The primary goal of WELD is to address the under-representation of women in academic leadership capacities and help aspiring women acquire the skills and capabilities to attain high-level academic leadership positions.

Although this is the primary goal, the program is open to all persons. Those interested in applying may go to the WELD program website to learn more. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 21, 2020, and selections will be announced in late February. 

The program is directed by Hollie Swanson, professor of pharmacology and nutritional sciences in the College of Medicine. A diverse group of faculty and staff serve on the Advisory and Selection Committees to assist in developing the program, monitoring its effectiveness and identifying participants. The program is coordinated under the oversight of the Office for Faculty Advancement with assistance from Human Resources. 

Questions about the program may be directed to Swanson at or 859-323-1463.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.