What is UConnecT?
UConnecT is an inclusive, yearlong immersive leadership and professional development program. The goal of UConnecT is to promote growth and development for our highly motivated non-exempt staff who have three years of continuous service. Selected through an application process, the resulting cohort will embark in a carefully constructed learning experience. The program utilizes a yearlong (August to May) schedule requiring serious commitment from the cohort members.
A general UConnect announcement will occur in early April and the application process will follow soon after.
All applications will be reviewed and will be used to create a cohort of 20 individuals representing different departments across our entire campus. This inclusive cohort will represent a wide variety of departments and roles. As the program progresses through the year, cohort members will impact their department by supporting leadership development and strengthening a pipeline of talent for the campus community.
Campus-wide announcements regarding session dates and schedules which are targeted to begin in August 2021 will be announced once the cohort has been established.
With the participation of speakers from senior leadership, the attendees will be exposed to the complexity of higher education structures and practical leadership growth strategies during a series of monthly 2.5 hour meetings. In addition, the program includes dedicated leadership development content, a facilitated large group book study, leadership interview, session reflections and requires a department project in which the cohort member will take an active leadership role. The department project will be conducted in partnership with their department leadership.
Topics that will be presented include but are not limited to: a Myers-Briggs assessment, growth mindset, relationship management and shared decision making.
We require professional responsibility to complete UConnecT assignments by all due dates. Active and full cohort engagement will facilitate a growth mindset, maximizing the positive impact to the University, and inclusive culture.
Who is the target audience?
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, highly motivated non-exempt staff, who have 3 years of continuous service as of our August 3, 2021.
What are the requirements?
Commitment to attend, complete extended session assignments by published due dates, and take an active participative role in live sessions for this yearlong program.
What is extended session work?
Book reading and online discussion, portfolio review, leader interview, leadership of a departmental project.
How can you be involved?
Complete a UConnecT application and provide two letters of support.
Learning and Organizational Development, email@example.com UConnecT Application will open on April 19