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Announcing the FLAIR Program – Spring 2019

Faculty Leadership Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (FLAIR) Fellows Program

Faculty are among the most highly trained individuals in discipline-specific research. They are taught how to think, design, address research challenges, and execute. What little leadership training they receive, however, is typically acquired “on the job”. The very nature of what drives faculty – curiosity, discovery, and the desire to understand and invent – serves them well for building individual research programs. Yet, the global challenges that universities are poised to tackle cannot be approached as a solo sport; they require a diverse team effort to be successful – and teams need leaders. The most important and game-changing research will be accomplished by a collective of disciplines, searching, sparring and ultimately succeeding in advancing the knowledge, health and well-being of humanity.

The Faculty Leadership Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (FLAIR) Fellows Program, sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships at Purdue University, focuses on training and equipping faculty with the skills and resources they will need to effectively lead large, multi-disciplinary research teams, centers and research-centric administrative offices (including Associate Dean for Research and EVPRP positions). The FLAIR program complements and interfaces with the Office of the Provost’s INSIGHTS program that provides faculty training across the broad spectrum of academic leadership. The more focused FLAIR program concentrates on training in building, coordinating and directing large research efforts including interdisciplinary and, in some cases, international programs and centers.

The FLAIR Fellows Program will provide training and mentoring in research leadership. It will familiarize faculty with university and external resources available for aiding in writing successful, large-scale, multi-faceted research proposals and directing major multi-disciplinary, and multi-institutional research efforts and centers.

Specifically, the FLAIR Fellows Program will familiarize faculty with:

The program will introduce faculty to Purdue resources to assist with:

The program also will provide:

In partnership with the INSIGHTS program, training will be offered in:

Eligibility requirements:

FLAIR Fellows Program:

Applications should be submitted to Merissa Kessler ( by November 20, 2018 and include:

For questions or more information about the FLAIR program contact Marietta Harrison (

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