Next Generation 2.0


Applications will be accepted either through nomination or self-nomination. A complete application includes:

  • The online application form
  • Candidate statement, inclusive of an idea for a capstone project
  • Current CV or resume (maximum 5 pages)
  • Letter of support from dean, chair or supervising administrator

I was expecting to gain specific skills in areas of higher education; what I gained was a much better understanding of myself and how I approach leadership, which is more valuable to me…

Program Highlights

At the core of the Next Gen 2.0 program are the following components:

  • personal assessment, reflection and growth
  • career planning and  professional development
  • enhanced knowledge and skills
  • connection to local and national thought leaders
  • peer mentorship and networking
  • project development and management
  • program assessment

The curriculum is designed by the Next Gen Advisory Board, a body of faculty, staff and administrative leaders and Next Gen alumni dedicated to the professional development and advancement of women and underrepresented faculty and staff. Board members are invited to observe and/or lead program sessions and are available as resources for mentorship and consultation for participants.  Regional and national faculty presenters are selected for their content expertise and for the example they provide through their leadership. 

Formal presentations, small group discussions, facilitated discussions, case studies and workshops are used to engage participants in the curriculum in a confidential environment supporting candid dialogue about the issues of contemporary higher education.   Previous topics include: self-assessment; diversity; conflict management; finances; organizational culture; and managing and strategizing change, among others. Advanced readings are provided for some sessions, and participants are also encouraged to create additional spaces for further discussions (e.g., Facebook groups). A key feature of the program is the opportunity for participants to develop an individual or group capstone project, enabling the application of acquired knowledge and skills to an initiative pertinent to their unit or which addresses the campus strategic goals.

At the conclusion of the program, Next Gen graduates will have accomplished the following:

  • acquired knowledge and skills to assume increased administrative or executive responsibilities
  • developed strategies and pathways toward professional advancement
  • engaged in interaction and collaboration with leaders across units and disciplines
  • gained entry to a growing and sustainable peer network of program graduates

To assess their leadership competencies, participants complete a pre- and post-curriculum survey administered by the Center for Urban and Multicultural Education (CUME). CUME also conducts program evaluation to ensure responsiveness to participant feedback and to enact program improvements as needed.

I strongly feel that the program prepared me well for advancement through the academic administrative ranks. The experience was invaluable in expanding my vision and broadening my perspective.


Women and underrepresented faculty and staff who seek advancement opportunities or who wish to improve their leadership skills may self-nominate or be nominated by deans or department/unit supervisors.  Self-nominated candidates still need the support of their supervisor and funding from their department or unit.

Staff criteria:

    • Minimum of 2 years of experience at IUPUI
    • Status of "career/advanced" or "operational/senior operational" level or higher

Faculty criteria:

    • Minimum of 2 years of experience at IUPUI
    • Full time lecturers, clinical, research, and tenured/tenure-track professors
    • Faculty employed as "academic specialist"

The Next Gen Advisory Board and the program administrators will select a cohort of at least 20 individuals, keeping in mind the value of obtaining a diverse group of faculty and staff. Men who identify as African American, Latino, Asian, Native American and/or Multiracial are particularly encouraged to apply.   


The cost of the Next Gen program to the unit is $1500 with a match provided by the Office of Academic Affairs. The fee covers all costs related to instruction, materials, surveys, and meals. Deans and supervisors must submit confirmation of their financial and time commitment of participants upon their acceptance into the program.

Next Gen 2.0 was the catalyst to develop enduring professional relationships.  These connections have been vital to solving problems in my own unit, while imagining new possibilities beyond the confines of my current role.