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2022 UConnecT Application will open on April 5

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 a minimum of three years of continuous service. Selected through an application process, the resulting cohort will embark in a carefully constructed learning experience that includes extended session work. The program utilizes a yearlong (August to May) schedule requiring serious commitment from the cohort members.

The UConnecT applications will be available on April 5th, 2022.

All applications will be reviewed and will be used to create a cohort 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.

The dates for UConnecT sessions are below and are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month; August through May, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Additionally, sessions will rotate between in person and Zoom. Any adjustments will be made, if needed, in the event of public health concerns.

August 9, 2022 January 10, 2023
September 13, 2022 February 14, 2023
October 11, 2022 March 14, 2023
November 8, 2022 April 11, 2023
December 13, 2022 May 9, 2023

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 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: Myers-Briggs and CliftonStrengths assessments, resiliency, 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 at least 3 years of continuous service as of August 9, 2022.

What are the requirements?

We require a commitment to attend all sessions, and take an active participative role in live sessions for this yearlong program.  We also require professional responsibility to complete all UConnecT assignment by due dates.

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 the UConnecT application and provide two letters of support, one of which must be from your current supervisor.  Letters should help the selection committee better understand your potential commitment to the program. Additionally it should explain how participation in UConnecT would benefit your career, your department and/or the campus community.  It will be helpful to the selection committee to further understand your:

  • Growth mindset
  • Leadership potential
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage commitment to UConnecT and professional responsibilities

Can I nominate someone I know?

Yes, you may nominate another individual by completing the nomination form on this page. LOD will contact that individual and inform them of the nomination. The nominee will then evaluate their availably and interest, and need to complete the application requirements by the deadline.

Contact information:

If you are interested in UConnecT and have any additional questions, please contact Learning and Organizational Development,

2022 UConnecT Application will open on April 5