Leadership: Living Our Land-Grant Mission
Become the world’s leading land-grant college of agriculture, food, life, and natural resource sciences, serving Indiana and the world through sustained excellence in, and integration of, our land-grant missions of learning, discovery, and engagement.
INITIATIVE 1: Identify and address the most important opportunities and challenges facing Indiana, our nation, and our world in the areas in which we work.
- Develop and utilize proactive approaches for identifying the highest priority issues facing the stakeholders we serve.
- Engage faculty members, staff members, and students in developing joint agendas and building teams focused on addressing emerging issues at community, state, national, and global levels.
- Engage stakeholders and partners across the University, in industry, and in government and nongovernmental organizations in addressing priority issues.
INITIATIVE 2: Create and support a culture of innovation and excellence across the College.
- Recognize and support the importance of the creative process and the idea of excellence in all we do.
- Streamline administrative processes to enable more creativity and innovation.
- Provide seed funds to support test cases, models, and pilots of new ideas, areas of work, and approaches.
- Engage with appropriate economic development organizations to support innovation on campus and around Indiana.
- Invest in dedicated co-working spaces to foster informal collaborations and creativity, and for idea and strategy incubation.
- Engage the public in a discussion of the science we do and the technology utilized by our industry stakeholders.
INITIATIVE 3: Expand and deepen integration across our learning, discovery, and engagement missions.
- Invest in teams that integrate across mission areas and disciplines to demonstrate global leadership in addressing priority issues by incentivizing, valuing, and rewarding cross-mission and interdisciplinary collaborations.
- Explore opportunities to further engage undergraduate and graduate students in Extension programming.
- Improve College infrastructure—physical, technological, and/or human talent—to enhance cross-mission activity.
INITIATIVE 4: Support leadership growth and development for our students, faculty, and staff.
- Build a leadership model that serves as a framework for a common approach to leadership growth and development throughout the College.
- Create internal leadership development programs and utilize existing programs to support professional growth of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff members, and Extension educators.
- Utilize University, state, and national leadership programs to build leadership capabilities of faculty members, staff members, and students.
- Aggressively promote faculty and staff members for campus, state, national, and international leadership positions, including policy-making committees.
INITIATIVE 5: Communicate and celebrate the breadth and importance of the land-grant mission and the work of our College.
- Pursue national and international recognition for students, faculty members, and staff members in all phases of our land-grant mission.
- Communicate accomplishments of students, faculty members, and staff members to state, national, and international audiences.
- Recognize through College and department awards all three areas of the land-grant mission for work done both in the United States and internationally, and create an award for integration of these areas.
- Provide training for leaders, faculty and staff members, students, and promotion committee members on the land-grant ideal and the importance of all three areas of the land-grant mission.