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7.02 Policy and Guidelines for ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Program

Enhancing leadership skills is an important goal in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. One means of achieving enhancement of leadership skills is through the ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development Program.


The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recognizes the importance of developing and enhancing the leadership ability of its faculty through participation in organized symposiums, workshops, and in-service training programs. Consistent with the goals of its strategic plan, CAES supports the national ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development Program sponsored by the Experiment Stations and the Academic Program Committees on Organization and Policy.


The purpose of the ESCOP/ACOP leadership program is to encourage and develop exceptional faculty leadership and sustained excellence in the college and University governance. Successful candidates must demonstrate a high commitment to balancing leadership with their teaching and/or research activities. The program facilitates the development of skills whereby faculty can follow and learn from others, communicate visions, implement specific steps to achieving personal goals, and influence decision making and problem solving in small groups and across organizational lines.

Phase I of the program involves a week-long training session with participants from other land-grant universities throughout the United States.

In Phase II, each participant engages in a structured practical experience which relates to the training received in Phase I. During Phase II, each participant is expected to develop, participate in, and experience situations that relate to the nature of administrative leadership. The dean and director or designated administrators in the College will serve as mentors to the participants and provide support to participants in their project/issue selection. Each participant will be expected to complete and submit a comprehensive report to the dean and director or designee of their Phase II project experiences before attending Phase III in Washington, D.C.

Phase III takes participants to Washington for a capstone workshop. The workshop involves presentations by persons who influence national research and educational issues in agriculture. While in Washington, participants visit with legislative staffers and USDA administrators.


In the college, eligibility for selection as a participant in the program shall normally be restricted to tenure-track faculty with at least a .50 EFT of combined research or instruction. While the Cooperative Extension Service is not a national sponsor of the program, extension faculty with a joint appointment of more than .25 EFT in research or teaching in the college are strongly encouraged to participate.

For the School of Forest Resources and the Colleges of Family and Consumer Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, eligibility shall be limited to tenure-track faculty with at least a .25 EFT in research funded through the college and a .25 teaching EFT funded by the University. Program costs for participants will be funded by the respective school/college.

Award Committee

A special leadership committee, composed of the program coordinator and three previous program participants appointed by the dean and director, shall review the nomination portfolios and recommend a maximum of three to five finalists for program participation.

Nomination Process and Deadline

Departments in the college may nominate candidates for the ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Program. Each department may develop its own procedures for identifying applicants.

The Award Committee shall receive and review applications in March or early April to meet the national deadline. The committee shall recommend three to five candidates by ranking the applications individually or in clusters.

The deadline for applications is April 1. All nominations should be sent to:

Dean and Director
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
101 Conner Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

Participant Recognition

While participants will receive no direct honorarium, each will receive a distinctive plaque recognizing their participation in the ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Program. The plaque will be presented to the participant at an appropriate official college activity or function by the dean and director.

Faculty Award Guidelines


The award committee will look for persuasive evidence that the nominee’s application is supported by the unit head and senior faculty in the unit; that the nominee has a record of outstanding performance in the area of assigned responsibilities; has demonstrated leadership potential; and that the nominee is willing to be a full and supportive participant in the Leadership Program.

Required Documentation

  • A reflective statement of interest in and expected outcome from participating in the program from the applicant (1 page).
  • A letter of support from the unit head or designated senior faculty in the unit.
  • A condensed curriculum vita (2-3 pages)