MAC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) Fellows


In 2017, The University at Buffalo joined with other colleges and universities in the Mid- American Conference (MAC) to participate in the Academic Leadership Program (ALDP). The mission of the MAC ALDP is to identify, develop, prepare and advance faculty as academic leaders in the Mid-American Conference universities.  The program provides an opportunity for University at Buffalo faculty to gain valuable knowledge and experience in academic leadership by working closely with select administrators from other colleges and universities in the MAC.

Key outcomes of the program include:

  • Articulate the complexity of the structure and operations within an institution and  across institutions;
  • Describe the impact of the external influences on the role of leaders in a higher institution.  This should include, but is not limited to, federal/state regulations and mandates, accreditation, and community influence;
  • Identify best practices in academic leadership;
  • Assess one’s own leadership potential, including strengths and weaknesses, and identify leadership pathways; and
  • Communicate the importance of inclusive excellence.

ALDP Fellows

Up to Four (4) outstanding individuals are selected each year to serve as University at Buffalo ALDP Fellows under the mentorship of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.  The program has two components: (i) a university-level development program led by the Vice Provost for the selected University at Buffalo fellows, and (ii)  participation in two, 3-day MAC-wide workshops (travel/transportation, lodging and conference costs are covered) for all program participants that will be held on one of the MAC school campuses each semester. These workshops address topics such as conflict resolution, budgeting, accreditation and accountability. 

2019-20 Academic Leadership Development Program Faculty Fellows

headshot of Francine Battaglia.

Francine Battaglia, Ph.D.

Acting Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Professor, Department of Mecganical & Aerospace Engineering

Director, Computational Research for Energy Systems and Transport (CREST) Laboratory

headshot Anne Burnidge.

Anne Burnidge

Associate Professor, Department of Theater and Dance

Department Chair, Founding Director of MFA Dance Program

headshot of Dave Hostler.

David Hostler, Ph.D., FACSM, CSCS

Professor and Chair

Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

School of Public Health and Health Professions

headshot William A. Prescott Jr.

William A. Prescott Jr., PharmD

Interim Department Chair, Clinical Professor

Department of Pharmacy Practice

School of Pharmacy


November 2019     

The State University of New York at Buffalo

February 2020        

Northern Illinois University