FRN Leadership Initiative



The FRN Leadership Initiative will prepare emerging leaders to transform their own campuses by getting them to recognize opportunities to lead up, down, and sideways. This program will also build a leadership community across the FRN for continuing leaders who want to facilitate change and maximize collaboration within and between institutions. Ultimately, the goal of this program is to contribute to the transformation of the higher education ecosystem.

The grant for this initiative requires that participants teach or lead in the core humanities and arts disciplines or from departments strongly inflected by the humanities, such as communication, geography, or anthropology, whose work is primarily based on cultural/historical analysis.

Apply to the Fierce Conversations FRN Book Club Pilot

We are conducting another book club pilot, Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott, for the FRN Leadership Initiative.

The four, book club pilot dates will be on Fridays at 11am–noon EDT (NYC time) on May 21, June 4, June 11, and June 18, 2021. If you are interested, apply here.

Applications will close on Monday, May 3, 2021, at 10:00 am EDT (NYC time). You will be notified the week of Monday, May 3, 2021, if your application has been accepted.


The Dare To Lead Book Club Series Pilot – Spring 2021

Applications have closed, and members of the pilot cohort have all been notified. The four, book club pilot dates on Fridays at 2–3 pm EST (NYC time) are:

    • February 5, 2021
    • February 26, 2021
    • March 19, 2021
    • April 9, 2021

FRN Leadership Initiative Series – POSTPONED to Fall 2021

We will move forward with the official launch of the program in fall 2021 instead of a compressed spring 2021 pilot. This spring, we will relaunch the application process with a longer timeframe for promotion and applications. Check back here for new application dates in early March.

During the 2021-2022 academic year, there will be four sessions of the FRN Leadership Initiative: