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 develops the leadership and managerial skills of faculty from Big Ten Academic Alliance campuses who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise. Those selected from Penn State for the 2020-21 program were chosen because of their significant contributions and further potential for University leadership.

In June 2020, the BTAA announced Penn State’s six ALP Fellows for 2020-21. They are:

Photo of Margherita CantornaMargherita Cantorna
Distinguished Professor of Molecular Immunology
College of Agricultural Sciences

 

 

Photo of Francesco CostanzoFrancesco Costanzo
Associate Head of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics
Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering

 

Photo of Mihoko HosolMihoko Hosoi
Associate Dean for Collections, Research, and Scholarly Communications
University Libraries and Scholarly Communications

 

 

Photo of Mari PierceMari Pierce
Associate Professor and Professor in Charge of Administration of Justice
Penn State Beaver

 

 

Photo of Bonj SzczygielBonj Szczygiel
Professor of Landscape Architecture
College of Arts and Architecture

 

 

Photo of Andrea TapiaAndrea Tapia
Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
College of Information Sciences and Technology

 

 

In May 2019, the BTAA announced Penn State’s six ALP Fellows for 2019-20. They are:

  • Denise Bortree, Associate Professor of Communications, Department of Advertising and Public Relations, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
  • Mallika Bose, Interim Associate Dean for Research, Creative Activity and Graduate Studies, and Professor of Landscape Architecture, College of Arts and Architecture
  • Prasenjit Mitra, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, College of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Jennifer Nesbitt, Associate Professor of English, Penn State York
  • Beth Seymour, Associate Teaching Professor of Anthropology; Communications; History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Sociology and Environmental Studies, Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences, Penn State Altoona
  • Debra Thurley, Executive Director of Research Compliance, Office for Research Protections, and 2019-20 Administrative Fellow to Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones

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 June 2020, the BTAA announced Penn State’s five DEO Fellows for 2020-21. They are:

Photo of Laszio KulcsarLaszlo Kulcsar
Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography
College of Agricultural Sciences

 

Photo of Henock LouisHenock Louis
Chair of the Accounting Department
KPMG Professor of Accounting
Smeal College of Business

 

Photo of Martin OverbyMarvin Overby
Director of the School of Public Affairs
Professor of Political Science
Penn State Harrisburg

 

Photo of Amy PritchettAmy Pritchett
Head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering

 

 

Photo of Sanjay SrinivasanSanjay Srinivasan
Head of the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

 

 

In May 2019, the BTAA announced Penn State’s five DEO Fellows for 2019-20. They are:

  • Sez Atamturktur, Head, Department of Architectural Engineering, and Harry and Arlene Schell Professor, College of Engineering
  • Elizabeth Mansfield, Head, Department of Art History, and Professor of Art History, College of Arts and Architecture
  • Darcy Medica, Director of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Biology, Penn State Schuylkill.
  • K. Sandeep Pradhu, Program Co-leader, Penn State Cancer Institute, and Professor of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Susan Sinnott, Head, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences