Big Ten Academic Alliance


btaalogoThe Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), formerly known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities and the United States’ pre-eminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. For more than half a century, these world-class institutions have advanced their academic missions, generated unique opportunities for students and faculty, and served the common good by sharing expertise, leveraging campus resources, and collaborating on innovative programs. Governed and funded by the Provosts of the member universities, Big Ten Academic Alliance mandates are coordinated by a staff from its Champaign, Illinois, headquarters. Through BTAA leadership programs, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

Academic Leadership Program (ALP)

Established in 1987, the ALP is designed to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty on Big 10 Academic Alliance campuses who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise. Those selected from Penn State for the 2018-19 program were chosen because of their significant contributions and potential to undertake key leadership responsibilities at the University.

In May 2018, the BTAA announced Penn State’s ALP Fellows for 2018-19. They are:

  • Sarah Bronson, Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, College of Medicine
  • Steven Huddart, Senior Associate Dean, Smeal College of Business
  • Zuleima Karpyn, Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Program Chair for Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • Yvette Richardson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Professor of Meteorology, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • Nicholas Rowland, Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences, Penn State Altoona

The ALP Fellows for 2017-18 were:

  • Michael Bérubé, Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature, College of the Liberal Arts
  • Brian Cameron, Associate Dean of Professional Graduate Programs and Clinical Professor of Management Information Systems, Smeal College of Business
  • Zoubeida Ounaies, Associate Head for Administration of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Linghao Zhong, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Chemistry, Penn State Mont Alto

Department Executive Officers Program (DEO)

In 1997-98, the Big Ten Academic Alliance initiated the DEO, an annual program of leadership development opportunities for department heads and chairs. Institutional team participants include seasoned veterans as well as newer department heads and chairs.

In May 2018, the BTAA announced Penn State’s DEO participants for 2018-19. They are:

  • Erin Connolly, Head, Department of Plant Science, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • David Frego, Director, School of Music, College of Arts and Architecture
  • Carey McDougall, Director of Academic Affairs, Penn State Beaver
  • Donna Quadri-Felitti, Associate Professor and Director of the School of Hospitality Management, College of Health and Human Development
  • Belen Rodriguez Mourelo, Head, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Penn State Berks

Penn State’s 2017-18 DEO participants were:

  • Patrick Fox, Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Peter Hopsicker, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Head of the Division of Education, Human Development and Social Sciences, Penn State Altoona
  • Doug Kennett, Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology, College of the Liberal Arts
  • Rebecca Miller, Associate Librarian and Head of Library Learning Services, University Libraries
  • Fuyuan Shen, Head of the Department of Advertising/Public Relations, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications