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Division of Human Resources

Pipeline for Academy Leaders (PAL)

The PAL fellowship is an invitation-only program designed for academic leaders and administrative executives who are currently serving in, or who have the potential to, hold a high-level position at UofSC in the near future. Examples of the types of employees who participate in this program are: directors, assistant vice presidents, associate vice presidents, department chairs, assistant deans and associate deans


To participate in this program, academic leaders must be nominated by the dean of their college or school, and then approved by the Office of the Provost. Administrative executives must be nominated by the vice president of their division.

Nomination and Selection Process

Nominations for academic leaders are submitted to the Office of the Provost, located at the Osborne Building, Room 102. Nominations for administrative executives are submitted to the Organizational and Professional Development Office, located at 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 101. The Vice President for Human Resources and the Provost contacts each nominee to determine if they are able to participate. A cohort of 24-28 persons are selected each year.

Program Participation Requirements

In order to receive a certificate of completion, program participants are required to attend 85% or more of the leadership sessions that run from August to April. Participants are also required to participate in peer group coaching sessions, and a project that may involve additional meeting time outside of the scheduled leadership sessions.

A 360° feedback process is conducted which requires participants to meet with a coaching mentor from the Organizational and Professional Development Office to discuss the results. An Individual Development Plan is created based upon the 360° feedback process and coaching conversations.


All costs associated with this program are covered by the university.

Nomination and Program Timeline

Nominations occur in April-May and participants are notified of their selection in June. The PAL program follows the academic year, running from mid-August through the end of April.

PAL dates for 2017-18:

Wednesday, August 16 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, September 18 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 14 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, December 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 3 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 15 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Note: All sessions are scheduled for 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 101 unless otherwise noted.