About the Program

The Emerging Leaders Program started in 2016 and is designed for associate and full professors who have attained tenure. Over the course of nine months, participants take part in several activities including a fall weekend workshop, monthly workshops, small-group work, and a 360-degree assessment. The program is a collaboration between the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research,  the Institute for Leadership and Social Impact, and the Office of Graduate Education and Faculty Development.

Applications for 2021-2022 are now open.

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2020-2021 Cohort Selected

The fifth cohort of Georgia Tech’s Emerging Leaders Program has been selected. Starting in fall 2020 and continuing through spring 2021, the 16 participants will take part in leadership development workshops, small-group work, self-assessments, and 360-degree assessments.

“We are proud of the interest the program has generated among our faculty and are thankful for the support of the Colleges. I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the next cohort of Emerging Leaders at Georgia Tech,” said Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and K. Harrison Brown Family Chair. “The program continues to identify talented individuals who are passionate about their leadership journey and in promoting a culture of leadership at Georgia Tech.”

The fifth cohort includes representation across schools, colleges, and academic rank.

College of Computing

  • Polo Chau, Associate Professor, Computational Science and Engineering
  • Elizabeth Cherry, Associate Professor, Computational Science and Engineering
  • Alessandro Orso, Professor, Computer Science

College of Design

  • Baabak Ashuri, Associate Professor, Building Construction

College of Engineering

  • Morris Cohen, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Anna Erickson, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Karen Feigh, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering
  • Benjamin Klein, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Yao Xie  Associate, Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Fumin Zhang, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

  • Karen Head, Associate Professor, Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Matthew Oliver, Associate Professor, Economics

College of Sciences

  • David Ballantyne, Associate Professor, Physics
  • Facundo Fernandez, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Brian Hammer, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Jake Soper, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
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2021-22 Program Dates

Note: other than the workshop,  sessions will vary from 2–4 hours between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m on Friday afternoons.


August 27, 2021 | Welcome Session

September 10-12, 2021 | Offsite Workshop

September 24, 2021 Session I

October 1, 2021 Session II

October 22, 2021 Session III

November 12, 2021 Session IV

December 3, 2021 Session V

January 21, 2022 Session VI

February 4, 2022 Session VII

February 25, 2022 Session VIII

March 4, 2022 Session IX

March 11, 2022 | Session X

March 2022 | Lunch with Executive Leadership

April 15, 2022 Session XI

Late April 2022 | Closing Dinner

Early May 2022 | Optional Road Trip