MAC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP)


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 a series of monthly digital workshops held throughout the year.   These workshops address topics such as conflict resolution, budgeting, accreditation and accountability.  

Nominations for the MAC ALDP Fellowship for the 2023-24 academic year are due by August 15, 2023.


Thikriat Al-Jewair, DDS

Associate Professor

Graduate Program Director

Assistant Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Orthodontics and EDI

School of Dental Medicine

Nathan Daun-Barnett, PhD

Associate Professor


Educational Leadership and Policy

Graduate School of Education

Sambandamurthy Ganapathy, PhD




College of Arts and Sciences

Miriam Thaggert, PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Chair


College of Arts and Sciences 



Martha Bohm
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor
Department of Architecture

Yu-Ping Chang, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN,FIANN
Senior Associate Dean; Professor;
Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Endowed Professor;
Chair—Family, Community and Health Systems Sciences
School of Nursing

Patrick McDevitt, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Amy Graves Monroe, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences


Carrie Tirado Bramen, Professor of English, Director, UB Gender Institute

Dr. Peter F. Biehl, Professor/Associate Dean for International Ed. & Enrollment, Depoartment of Anthorpology

Christine T. Kroll, PhD, Assistant Vice Provost, Director, Center for Educational Innovation

Note: Class of 2017-18 and 2018-19 was limited to three fellows from each MAC institution. In 2019-20 MAC increased the number of fellows from each institution to four per MAC institution



James Maynard, PhD Curator, The Poetry Collection, University Libraries

Ekaterina (Katia Noyes, PhD, MPH, Professor and Director, Division of Health Services Policy and Practice, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions

Elizabeth M. Stellrecht, Interim Head, Health Sciences Library Services Department Liaison, Dental Medicine, Professor and Chair, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, School of Public Health and Health Professions

Albert H. Titus, PhD, Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Professor and Chair, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences,School of Public Health and Health Professions


Francine Battaglia, Ph.D.,  Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Director, Computational Research for Energy Systems and Transport (CREST) Laboratory, School of Engineering

Anne Burnidge, Associate Professor, Department of Theater and Dance, Department Chair, Founding Director of MFA Dance Program

David Hostler, Ph.D., FACSM, CSCS, Professor and Chair, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, School of Public Health and Health Professions

William A. Prescott, Jr.,  Dept. Chair, Clinical Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy


Check back soon for more information about the workshop schedule