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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Drexel offering the ELATE program?

Drexel University and the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership® have long been committed to developing women leaders in academics. This comes from a legacy of being home to the first medical school for women in the world and from working with leaders in medicine and dentistry for over 17 years in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® program (ELAM). Recognizing the paucity of women leaders in fields related to technology, the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics, which houses the ELAM® program, has extended its expertise to develop ELATE. Graduates of ELATE will contribute to leadership capacity in their institutions and across the nation.

Does ELATE offer a program every year?

Yes. The 2012-13 fellowship year is the inaugural class of what will be an annual program.

What are the estimated total costs to attend the ELATE program?

The registration fee of $8,500 for the 2012-2013 Fellowship year covers the costs of materials, speaker and consultant fees, and special events. The conference center costs for the 15 days of in-residence programming are estimated at $5,000 for lodging, meals and facility use. Travel costs for the three sessions will, of course, vary depending on distance and mode of transportation. The overall costs for the ELATE program are comparable to other national leadership programs in higher education and substantially less than comparable private-sector leadership programs. See the Application Overview page for details.

What is the time commitment for participating in the ELATE program?

ELATE is an intensive, year-long program requiring 8-10 hours a week committed to readings, interviews, project development, and online and telephone discussions with other Fellows and faculty. While most Fellows successfully complete the program while continuing their other responsibilities, we strongly recommend that candidates be given some release time and that projects be designed to complement their institutional leadership work. During the ELATE program year, Fellows attend 15 days of on-site meetings, divided into three sessions of approximately one week each (August, December and March), all in the Philadelphia area. See the Application Overview page for more information about dates and locations.

How is each class of ELATE Fellows selected?

The admissions committee, which includes deans, nationally recognized leaders in engineering, and other senior administration officials, reviews all application materials submitted by the candidates. They consider individual potential, institutional commitment to foster that individual’s leadership opportunities, and a variety of diversity criteria including race, ethnicity, geographic region of school, type of school and area of professional studies.

Can I apply if I am not in engineering or computer science?

If your area of research is in the area of engineering, computer science, or other high technology fields, and you have a full-time faculty appointment as associate professor or professor in an accredited university, you are eligible to apply. On the occasion that an applicant holds a primary appointment outside of engineering or computer science, the admissions committee will consider her goals and institutional leadership potential within high-tech fields. Please contact the ELATE Program at or (215) 991-8240 if you are interested in the program and are not part of an engineering or computer science program.

Can I apply if I am not at the level of associate professor or not yet tenured?

To be considered for the ELATE program, candidates must hold at least the rank of associate professor, and have some significant administrative experience. The pathway to organizational leadership is built upon credibility as a scholar and experience as a manager. To be qualified for senior institutional leadership and eligible for this program, candidates ideally should hold tenure and be well on their way to full professorship.

Do all the application materials have to be submitted together?

Your application, CV and a published journal article must all be submitted online by the application deadline. Your nomination and recommendations have a due date that follows by a few weeks. See the Application Overview page for more details.

May I have a couple of days' extension to submit my application materials?

All materials, including nomination and recommendation letters, must be received in our office by the due dates.