Professional and Leadership Development, Office of the President

This Fellow will work in the Office of the President, planning and implementing signature initiatives of the President and the President’s Office that are both consistent with CSU’s Courageous Strategic Transformation and reflective of the President’s vision for the university. The Fellow will work directly with the Chief of Staff and Communications Director for the President’s Office.

This Fellow’s work will include:

  • Leadership Pipeline Development, including building out infrastructure for the Leadership Fellows Program itself and refining on the program for future years as well as creating more and better pathways for the university to connect future leaders with external fellowship opportunities (e.g. HERS Institute, ACE Fellowships).
  • Student Leadership Development, including working to maximize the positive experience and skills learned by students who participate in various specific programs with the President’s name attached, hosted by units across the university.
  • Launching and creating framework for a new Presidential Lecture Series intended to serve the entire CSU and local community.
  • Developing the initial framework for the university’s nascent Thematic Year, a natural outgrowth of the current Rams Read program intended to highlight and reflect the university’s Courageous Strategic Transformation priorities.
  • Promoting initiatives and educating the campus community.

This Fellow should be a highly organized, excellent communicator with innovative ideas and a willingness to collaborate across campus.

Leadership skill goals and outcomes for this Fellow would include: managing several high-level, complex projects; communicating with a variety of different audiences; consensus building, bringing a variety of ideas into a cogent, executable plan.

Attaining Hispanic-Serving Institution Status, Inclusive Excellence

Colorado State University is on track to become a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2033.  As scholar Gina Ann Garcia notes, it takes intentional effort to become a Hispanic serving institution and not simply a Hispanic enrolling institution.  The Leadership Fellow will develop an intentional and scholarship informed proposal and detailed project plan to guide the work of a CSU HSI task force.

The Fellow’s work will include:

  • Benchmarking with other land grant universities which are emerging HSIs or HSIs
  • Creating a literature review of successful practices, policies, and initiatives for HSIs
  • An assessment of current Colorado State University practices, policies, and initiatives for scaling as related to becoming an HIS
  • Identify current faculty engaging in scholarship related to HSI status

This Fellow should have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; be a highly organized, excellent communicator with innovative ideas and a willingness to collaborate throughout the institution

Leadership skill goals and outcomes for this Fellow would include: benchmarking; the utilization of scholarship to inform investment and decision making; advising for data informed and values driven strategic advancement; communicating with a variety of different audiences; and bringing a variety of ideas into a cogent, executable plan.

Institutional Accreditation, Office of the Provost

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, providing assurance to our constituents that course credits and degrees earned at CSU meet the highest of standards. We received 10-years of reaccreditation in 2014, and our next reaccreditation will be in 2024. The Office of the Provost is seeking a Fellow to help lead the preparation for the 2024 site visit, involving campus-wide engagement in our self-study documentation, due in 2023, and preparations for the site visit. The Fellow will work directly with the Provost and Executive Vice President, and in partnership with the Vice President for Institutional Research, to ensure a successful reaccreditation process.

This Fellow’s work will include:

  • Helping to lead executive leadership team in the reaccreditation process; secure high-level representation campus-wide, from all major areas (academics, student success and learning; fiscal responsibility; research, student affairs, faculty and campus governance, etc.) to engage broad representation of the University campus in the work;
  • Leading the writing process/team to pull together needed components and create final report;
  • Helping develop agenda, schedule, and process for the accreditation visit.

This Fellow must have strong written and oral communication skills; an appreciation for and experience and knowledge of the accreditation process; professional experience with student success and student learning; strong organizational skills; an ability to see the big picture and synthesize information into a cohesive narrative; and proven skill in collaboration with a wide range of people.

Leadership skill goals and outcomes for this Fellow would include: experience working on a high-level university initiative; experience communicating with and bringing together university constituents; experience developing complex university-wide plans through collaboration and consensus building.

Student Success, Office of the Provost

The University is deeply committed to the success of our students. In 2007, CSU formalized a Student Success Initiative that has set the foundation to increased retention and graduation rates. The CSU Board of Governors has doubled down on the work, approving $9M in additional three-year seed money designed to bolster our efforts around closing the equity gap, with the expectation of increasing our persistence and retention rates and our ability to financially support the work going forward. The Office of the Provost is seeking a Fellow to help execute the deliverables laid out in the Student Success: Closing Equity Gaps proposal. The Fellow will work directly with the Provost and Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff to manage the process.

This Fellow’s work will include:

  • Working with the Provost and Student Success Leadership Team to develop a comprehensive student success plan that will guide the work for the next 3 years;
  • Serving in a coordinating role with leadership responsibilities; follow-up on critical processes; organize and manage student success retreats and meetings;
  • Creating processes (track and measure) for initiatives;
  • Helping develop and track metrics;
  • Meeting with, and helping coordinate, all working groups to ensure connectiveness and cohesion; synthesize the team’s work, find and connect themes.

This Fellow should have demonstrated experience working with student success efforts and engaging with students in an academic setting; experience working with data; ability to synthesize data and themes; strong written and oral communication skills; and proven success in collaborating with a wide range of people.

Leadership skill goals and outcomes for this Fellow would include: experience working with high-level university initiatives; experience communicating with and bringing together university constituents; experience developing complex university-wide plans through collaboration and consensus building.