Fellows’ Learning Outcomes
Through a combination of project work and mentorship, FAAs:
- Complete or contribute to a substantive and significant project or set of projects through their host office.
- Gain an understanding of university administration from the vantage point of their host office and begin to understand the host office’s role within the larger university.
- Gain and/or develop professional competencies that complement—rather than replicate—those they receive through curricular doctoral training. Professional competencies include:
- Leadership, teamwork, and collaboration;
- Written and verbal communication through engagement with diverse audiences;
- Teaching and mentoring;
- Research and data analysis; and
- Professionalism and project management.
Expectations for Fellows
- Report to the host office according to the schedule agreed upon with their mentor, and communicate regularly with their mentor and other colleagues.
- Be proactive in asking questions and using the fellowship as a platform to understand university administration.
- Participate in GSAS Compass professional development sessions during the fellowship period.
- Fellows are expected to apprentice with the host office for approximately 6-10 hours per week for the length of the fellowship period.
- Fellows are to spend approximately 75 percent of their time on their assigned project(s) and 25 percent of their time engaged in mentorship activities (see below for examples).
- Students who fail to complete the assignment or attend any required professional development events may forfeit a pro-rated portion of the semester stipend.
Expectations for Host Offices and Mentors
Mentorship, professional development, and immersion into the host office are key components of the FAA program. The following are expectations for the host offices and assigned mentors:
- Host offices must assign project work that is both substantive and significant. Some of the responsibilities may overlap with those of full-time staff, but each position should include at least one large, long-term project.
- Mentors are responsible for guiding the fellow over the course of the term and supervising their work. They are expected to provide introductions to office staff and invite the Fellow to relevant meetings. Ideally, the mentor will be a resource regarding the role of the host office within the University and, more broadly, careers in academic administration. Mentors will provide/facilitate the following kinds of opportunities for the fellow:
- Shadowing and having informal conversations and informational interviews with other staff
- Attending meetings, workshops, conferences, or professional development trainings
- Learning new skills through self-study or tutoring
- Mentors must attend a 30-minute introductory meeting and complete a survey/reflection at the end of the term.
- Mentors must meet with the fellow at least once per week for 30 minutes. To the extent possible, fellows should be included in staff meetings to promote their immersion into the host office.
GSAS administers the application process. Once a fellow is selected, there are no forms for either the office or the fellow to submit. GSAS will provide a $2,000 stipend to all fellows (half paid at the start of the fellowship, and half paid upon successful completion). The fellowship term is for the duration of the Fall 2021 semester, from Thursday, September 9 through Monday, December 13. Fellows are expected to work in-person or remotely in accordance with the host office's policies and practices. For example, if staff in your offices are expected to report to work in-person four days per week, then fellows should also be expected to work in-person approximately 80 percent of the time, assuming all COVID safety protocols are followed.
Fellowship positions may be renewed for a subsequent term if the host office agrees to fund the stipend for the fellow's second term. Fellows may participate in the program for a maximum of four terms, with no more than two terms spent in the same host office.