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What is UConnecT?

UConnecT is a yearlong inclusive leadership and professional development program. The goal of the program is to promote growth and development for our highly motivated non-exempt staff who have a minimum of three years of continuous university service.

UConnecT’s yearlong (August to May) schedule requires serious commitment of participants. Selected through a cohort application process, they will engage in a carefully constructed learning experience. 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.

Beyond the senior leader speakers, the program includes a facilitated large group book study, senior leadership interview and session reflections. In addition, each UConnecT cohort member, in collaboration with their area leader, will individually organize and undertake a leadership role in a project within their area to positively impact their area’s work.

The UConnecT application process will create a cohort of approximately 20 individuals representing different departments across the UT campus. All application materials are due by June 12, 2020. The following are application requirements:

  • A completed application
  • Two letters of reference, including one from the direct supervisor. The letters will help the selection committee better understand the applicant’s growth mindset, leadership potential, interpersonal skills, and ability to manage commitment to UConnecT and professional responsibilities.

This inclusive cohort will represent a diverse array 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.

Topics that will be presented include but are not limited to: a Meyers Briggs assessment, building a multicultural organization, understanding the structure and function of the university, developing leadership philosophy, managing your career, and work/life integration.

To participate, professional responsibility is required along with, full cohort engagement, and a growth mindset to maximize the positive impact to the University’s leadership and inclusive culture.

Who is the target audience?

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Area, highly motivated non-exempt staff, who have at least 3 years of continuous university service as of the August start date.

What are the requirements?

Commitment to attend and take an active role in the in session and out of session work for this yearlong program.

What is the out of session work?

Book reading, portfolio review, leader interview, leadership of a departmental improvement project.

How can you be involved?

Submit completed application along with two letters of support.

Contact information:

Audrey Robinson, 974-9644,

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