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Trailblazer: Provost's Mentoring Initiative for Faculty


Trailblazers and Executive Mentors at Meet and Greet

Transforming the Institution through Gender Equality, Retention and Support


The Trailblazer intiative will prepare senior assistant professors and tenured faculty for leadership roles in academic or professional organizations while furthering institutional diversity. All 40 academic departments at Clemson were invited to participate in the Trailblazers program. This cohort program will take place from September, 2017 to May, 2018. This initiative will provide experiential leadership training that will focus on the unique challenges of leadership in higher education and STEM disciplines in particular. Trailblazers will establish mentoring programs in their departments and/or colleges.


Trailblazers will be selected by the TIGERS ADVANCE Executive Leadership Committee via a competitive nomination/application, screening, and selection process intended to identify those who have career aspirations to become academic leaders and who demonstrate potential to contribute to and support furthering institutional diversity.

Trailblazers’ applicants are open to all senior assistant professors and tenured faculty as Clemson needs both women and men leaders who recognize the barriers that women face and understand the importance of an inclusive campus environment for faculty success. However, to address the current deficit of women academic leaders at Clemson, at least 50 percent of the Trailblazers will be women. Individuals already engaged in a mentoring program are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants will submit: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) one to two page statement of interest, and 3) a support letter from the applicant’s department head. 

Department Chair Support Letter

Chairs are asked to:

1)    Comment on the candidates who apply for the TIGERS ADVANCE Trailblazer program.

2)    Describe how they will release some of the applicants’ service or teaching time for the 2018/19 academic year. This release will allow the applicants to fully engage in this program to ensure they are able to attend two, full-days and nine, half-days during this ten month program.

3)    Support selected candidates’ implementation of a new or existing mentoring program for their respective department.


After program acceptance, the Pacesetters will be established to lead the Trailblazer group. This subgroup of seven faculty, selected from among the Trailblazer group of 40, will represent each one of Clemson’s seven new colleges. By utilizing both internal experts on leadership development as well as external experts through our partnership with the American Council on Education (ACE), TIGERS ADVANCE will provide Trailblazers and Pacesetters with a dynamic on-campus Leadership Development Program. Pacesetters will be provided additional opportunities, such as shadowing higher administrators at Clemson (such as Provost Jones as well as associate provosts and vice-presidents). 


As part of the selection process, applicants will complete research surveys and provide names of a superior and subordinate to provide confidential feedback on the applicants. This information will further our knowledge of leadership development and mentoring.


Please use the following link to apply for the program: The application deadline is August 31, 2018. For more information, please contact the program co-lead: Dr. Angie Carter . Candidates will be notified on their application status in late August.