TPSE Leadership Institute


TPSE will ensure long-term progress on its priorities by fostering a diverse group of leaders within the mathematics community. Those who participate in the Institute will expand the capacity of the mathematical sciences community to enact change at the local and national levels, and respond to future challenges, from leadership positions at their institutions, in professional organizations, and within Federal agencies.



The program will be targeted at post-tenure math faculty who are interested in leadership positions at any level, from their own institutions, to mathematics organizations and societies, to policy groups and Federal agencies. The diverse group of faculty, all with doctoral degrees in the mathematical sciences, will be intentionally recruited and chosen to reflect a greater racial and gender diversity than currently exists within the mathematics community, especially within the ranks of the leaders. Additionally, participants will be drawn from a variety of types of institutions, including community colleges, liberal arts colleges, comprehensive and masters-granting four-year institutions, and research universities.

Program Structure

The Leadership Institute program will feature multiple layers of activities with support from a variety of sources.


  • Intensive two-day (virtual) kickoff workshop, including:

    • Cohort-building activities

    • Introduction to TPSE and its priorities

    • Introductions to mentors & first private meetings

    • Initial discussions of projects

  • Year-long individual projects

  • Monthly meetings of the whole group, including:

    • Distinguished guests - leaders in the mathematics community and in related fields

    • Experts with insight into participants’ projects.

    • Deep discussions on how diversity/equity/inclusion relate to all initiatives within the mathematics community.

    • Ongoing progress reports on projects and a final report.

  • Monthly individual meetings between participants and mentors.

  • Ongoing discussions–including peer-support for many other issues–via an asynchronous online platform (e.g., Slack)

  • Participate in organizing the JMM 2022 plenary session, “TPSE’s Future of Mathematics education”.


Support structures

  • TPSE staff. Staff will plan programming, schedule meetings, and provide support when possible. 

  • Mentor matches. Each participant will be matched with an experienced leader in an area of interest (e.g., administration, membership organizations, policy groups)

  • Peer support. The participants themselves will form a supportive community throughout the year-long program and beyond.


  • June ‘21: Mentor matching

  • July ‘21: Intensive two-day workshop

  • Aug ‘21-June’22: Monthly meetings of the whole group

  • Jan ‘22: JMM Reception for participants and mentors

  • Summer ‘22: Concluding “graduation” event (virtually)

Application Process

Applications to become a 2021 Fellow of the TPSE Leadership Institute were accepted through May 15th. Check back again for 2022 Fellow application information. Applications include:

  • Cover letter

  • Current CV

  • One-page description of a project the applicant intends to pursue during the subsequent year

  • A letter of support for the project from a department chair or dean or provost, including what accommodations to their normal workload would be possible. (We suggest a course release to participate in the program, if at all possible.)


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Participants will be chosen by the TPSE staff, in consultation with interested Board members.


Leadership Institute Landscape

The TPSE Leadership Institute will be aimed specifically at leaders within the mathematical sciences, and all programming and activities will be tailored specifically for that context. The Institute will not replicate (nor compete with) other organizations’ leadership programs, either those aimed specifically at STEM professionals (e.g., AAC&U’s PKAL STEM Leadership Institute, the Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute), those aimed more broadly across higher education (e.g. APLU’s COR Research Leader Fellowship Program, Harvard’s Higher Education Leadership Programs), or those targeting leaders from historically underserved groups (e.g., HERS which targets women, the Higher Education Leadership Foundation which targets HBCU leaders).