Big Ten Academic Alliance


btaalogoThe Big Ten Academic Alliance, formerly known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), is 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.

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 2017-18 program were chosen because of their significant contributions and potential to undertake key leadership responsibilities at the University.

The ALP Fellows for 2017-18 are:

  • 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

The ALP Fellows for 2016-17 were:

  • Kathryn Drager, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Health and Human Development
  • Zaryab Iqbal, 2016-17 Administrative Fellow to the Executive Vice President and Provost, and Associate Professor of Political Science, College of the Liberal Arts
  • Ford Risley, Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, College of Communications
  • Jeanine Staples, Associate Professor of Literacy and Language, and African American Studies, College of Education
  • Matthew C. Woessner, 2016-17 University Faculty Senate Chair-Elect, and Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Penn State Harrisburg

Department Executive Officers Program (DEO)

In 1997-98, the Big 10 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.

The 2017-18 Penn State DEO participants are:

  • 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

The 2016-17 Penn State DEO participants were:

  • Carolee Bull, Professor and Head, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Karen Estlund, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Technology and Digital Strategies, University Libraries
  • Patria De Lancer Julnes, Director and Professor, School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Phillip Savage, Professor and Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Rose Mary Zbiek, Professor and Head, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education