Application Process

Submission Deadlines

Application materials should be submitted to the Office of Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness (VMH 2516K) no later than June 30, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Please submit materials physically or via e-mail to: Please ensure that the documents are scanned to show all necessary signatures.

Application Materials

Supervisor’s nomination and strong letter of support

The supervisor and/or senior leader’s letter of support should be in Microsoft Word format and include the following:

  • A strong recommendation for your staff member's participation
  • A description of how your staff member will add value to the departmental unit or college
  • High commitment to the Robert H. Smith School of Business, its purpose and values

Official application to include a written statement of interest from the employee (500 words or less)

The written statement of interest must include the following:

  • A description of how your participation will add value to the department, division or college, and the university
  • A description of how the academy will add value to your professional endeavors
  • A description of your current and past experiences along with your significant professional accomplishments

Official Application Form

Robert H. Smith School of Business Employees Only:

  1. Verify with your supervisor that you are eligible to participate in the UMD-Smith Leadership Academy (See Eligibility Criteria)
  2. Complete and submit application materials by the application deadline to Smith School Human Resources at For questions, contact
  3. Application must be completed and signed by applicant, supervisor and/or senior leader
  4. The Leadership Academy Selection Committee will review applications and make participant selections based on selection criteria.