Staff Fellows Program
This professional development program provides participants with the opportunity to build their capacity as leaders, gain experience to grow their careers, while participating in a transformative leadership program. It is open to staff employees at all levels of the organization, regardless of job title or management status.
2024 Program Structure
Space usage has consistently been an important issue on the KU Lawrence campus. All stakeholders deserve to have equitable space to do their work and fulfill our mission of teaching, research, and service. KU is committed to providing high quality space on campus for all. Consistent with this commitment is a responsibility to only allocate and maintain the space actually needed to accomplish the KU Lawrence mission. Sustaining our buildings represents a significant portion of the university budget and we should be constantly exploring ways to contain these costs including reducing our footprint where available. The Smith Group partnered with KU to evaluate our space utilization on the Lawrence campus in 2021 and KBOR also assesses our space utilization on a recurring basis. Their findings, which were confirmed by Perkins & Will in the master plan, indicate we have more space than needed for research and learning indicating that we have opportunities to become more space efficient.
Using emerging tools, including the soon to be released master plan, the 2024 Staff Fellows cohort will research and evaluate current culture and processes associated with space management at KU. The Staff Fellows will provide a summary of their research and findings with recommendations as to what, if any, modifications should be made surrounding space allocation processes and the space management culture at KU including updates to space management policies as appropriate.
Interested staff should complete an application, which includes information about the candidates’ career at KU, along with completion of a couple short essay questions. The essay questions focus on career goals, interest and suitability to the program, and an interest in this year’s project.
A review committee then meets with select candidates for a short interview. Following the full review process, the committee selects a cohort of employees to participate in the program.
The University of Kansas is committed to professional development and as a result, there is no cost to participate.