SUNY SAIL Fellow-in-Residence

The SUNY SAIL Fellow-in-Residence offers an individualized leadership opportunity to established leaders in partnership with the SUNY SAIL Institute. The partnership with the SUNY SAIL Institute enables current and aspiring leaders to expand and strengthen their professional and personal skills and abilities to improve professional development in NYS. The Fellow in Residence spends more time enhancing the reach of SAIL.


Document how your interests align with SAIL’s offerings, mission, and vision:

● Highlight Relevant Experience: Showcase your experience in organizational and leadership development and any prior involvement in designing and facilitating leadership development programs or workshops. Highlight instances where you have successfully translated leadership theory into practical actions and positively impacted teams or organizations.

● Continued Learning: Demonstrate your commitment to staying updated on the latest trends and best practices in higher education leadership. Mention any workshops, conferences, or training programs you’ve attended to enhance your knowledge and skills in this area.

● Interactive Program Design: Emphasize your ability to design and deliver engaging, interactive programs that foster leadership development. Provide examples of innovative techniques you’ve used to promote experiential learning and practical application of leadership concepts.

● Communication and Collaboration: Highlight your strong communication skills and experience working with diverse stakeholders in the higher education sector. Discuss instances where you’ve effectively communicated complex ideas and collaborated with faculty, administrators, and students to achieve common goals.

● Passion for Higher Education Leadership: Express your genuine passion for advancing leadership development in higher education. Explain how your values align with the mission and vision of the SAIL Institute and how you see yourself contributing to its goals.

● Long-Term Goals: Share your long-term career aspirations and explain how becoming a SAIL Fellow fits your trajectory. Discuss how the fellowship can help you achieve your goals and make a meaningful impact in higher education leadership.

● Personalize Your Application: Tailor your letter of interest to reflect your unique experiences, skills, and aspirations. Use specific examples to demonstrate your expertise and commitment to higher education leadership.

 Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to the Director of SAIL via email to Use the criteria above to write a letter that showcases your teaching/training/organizational abilities and passion. Make sure to present a compelling case for why you would be an excellent addition to the SAIL program and how you can contribute to its mission and vision.

Remember that the application process structures the Fellow-In-Residence projects for the coming year. The application will be reviewed by a team of SAIL stakeholders, such as the Director, a SUNY Administration professional, and a SAIL Fellow. The Fellow-in-Residence position is a one-year calendar position, but SAIL has the authority to renew the part-time (approximately 10 hours a week) position for additional years as needed or required.


Anticipated Timeline

Year       Application deadline               Decision                         Anticipated Start

2024           November 15, 2023                      December 15, 2023                       Mid-January 2024

2025           November 15, 2024                      December 15, 2024                        Mid-January 2025


Rubric: Scoring Criteria for Fellow in Residence