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UK Faculty Appointed to 13th Cohort of the SEC Academic Leadership Program

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2021) — Four University of Kentucky faculty members have been named Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC ALDP) Fellows during the 2021-22 academic year. They represent the 13th cohort of SEC ALDP Fellows.

Established in 2008-09, the SEC ALDP seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. Main features of the program include a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own fellows and two SEC-wide three-day workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, members of cohort 13 will have a unique program experience over the course of the next year that includes both virtual sessions and in-person workshops. The University of Georgia hosted a virtual program launch last week, and the University of South Carolina is scheduled to host an in-person workshop in February. In addition, the fellows will participate in a summer virtual session and a second workshop at the University of Georgia next fall.

In addition to the events planned by SEC member schools, the UK fellows have opportunities to engage in small-group conversations with select members of UK’s administrative leaders, as well as other state leaders in higher education, including Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. 

The four 2021-21 SEC ALDP Fellows from UK are:

  • DeShana G. Collett, vice chair of the University Senate Council, course director for clinical methods and patient evaluation management and professor of physician assistant studies in the College of Health Sciences.
  • Sarah Lyon, associate dean of faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of anthropology.
  • Carrie B. Oser, associate director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation, associate director of the Substance Use Priority Research Area within the Office of the Vice President for Research and professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Kenneth M. Tyler, associate dean of inclusion and internationalization in the College of Education and professor and chair of the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology.

G.T. Lineberry, UK associate provost for faculty advancement, has served as UK’s SEC ALDP liaison since 2012. He is responsible for overseeing the program for UK participants.

“Since the ALDP inception, we have had 46 UK faculty participate in the program,” Lineberry said. “Many have gone on to serve in leadership roles here at UK and elsewhere. By my count, at least 16 of the former fellows are, or already have been, deans or interim deans, associate or vice provosts, vice presidents and/or provosts.” 

"To be selected for the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program is both an investment by the home university in the person and a recognition of his or her academic leadership potential,” said Torie A. Johnson, SEC associate commissioner for academic relations. “The Fellows in cohort 13 bring a wealth of experience and expertise to a unique time in the operation of the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program.”

A full list of the 2021-22 SEC ALDP Fellows can be found on the SECU website.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

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