Staff Fellows Program

This professional development program provides participants with the opportunity to gain familiarity with campus, engage university senior leaders, and explore leadership through mentoring, assigned readings, and project work. It is open to staff employees at all levels of the organization, regardless of job title or management status.

During the program year, participants meet approximately twice each month in three-hour sessions. Participants are also required to commit time between sessions to complete readings, meet with their mentor, and perform project-related assignments.

Application Process

The application process opens each autumn to Unclassified Professional Staff (UPS) and University Support Staff (USS) who have a minimum of two continuous years of full-time employment at KU and who demonstrate their:

  • interest in the assigned project topic
  • ability to fulfill the time commitment for twice-monthly meetings, mentoring sessions, readings, and project work
  • desire to work collaboratively with a cohort of other fellows in a seminar style of learning and to achieve the defined objectives
  • experience with project management in an official or unofficial capacity.
  • enthusiasm for the larger mission of KU
  • exceptional work history at the University of Kansas (documented by a supervisor’s letter of endorsement addressing the candidate’s potential for leadership)

Interested staff should complete an application, which includes information about the candidate's career at KU, along with completion of several short essay questions. The essay questions focus on career goals, interest in the program, suitability for the program, and overall interest in the project topic. Upon completion, candidates' supervisors receive an email requesting support for the application. A review committee then meets with select candidates for a short interview. Following the full review process, the final cohort is announced in December.

Staff Fellows share their final presentation via Zoom in 2021.
2020-2021 Staff Fellows Final Presentation

2022 Staff Fellows Focus

  • The 2022 cohort is analyzing the recommendations made by the 2021 cohort and developing an implementation strategy to address the mental health needs of employees.