Faculty Leadership Academy

A year-long professional development program for faculty members that is designed to cultivate a generation of transformative academic leaders through shared leadership training.
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Introducing: A year-long professional development program for mid-career and senior faculty members that is designed to cultivate transformative academic leaders through shared leadership training.

As an academic leader, your career success is contingent upon

  • your ability to foster positive working relationships among your team members and
  • your commitment to a supportive and inclusive culture in which all members can achieve their full potential.

This year-long developmental leadership program will equip you with the knowledge and interpersonal skills critical to motivating and inspiring outstanding team performance. Whether you are an experienced basic scientist, clinical investigator, translational investigator, or an educator, being able to effectively attract, retain, and lead a diverse group of high-achieving individuals will have direct impact upon your productivity and career success.

In contrast to the traditional authoritative model of leadership, this program is anchored in the concept of “shared leadership” where leadership is broadly distributed among team members based upon the skills and experience of each individual member. Learning how to share leadership – by engaging and empowering individual team members and proactively delegating responsibility – will maximize the collective strength of your team, resulting in increased productivity, and achievement of the goals and outcomes which matter most
to you.  

The value and relevance of diversity and inclusion is embedded throughout the curriculum. Understanding how differences among team members stimulate creativity and innovation will foster a climate of inclusion and provide you and your team a competitive advantage in our increasingly diverse and global society. 

You apply your new leadership skills immediately by developing and executing a customized leadership project over the course of the program. A program facilitator will help you craft a personalized leadership project or plan based upon your professional objectives. Small learning groups will monitor your progress on your individual project and provide you with peer support, encouragement, and accountability.  

Academic leadership development is a reflective journey that requires time and commitment. Rather than being immersed in leadership training over a 2-3 day period, this program has been structured into nine integrated components that span one year, providing an incremental learning approach to your leadership development. Three sessions focus upon shared leadership: It is introduced in the first session in January, is reviewed at the midpoint session in May, and provides the conceptual framework for the year-end capstone session in December where final leadership projects are presented. Two licensed assessment instruments will be administrated throughout the course of the program to facilitate your self-awareness and professional growth - the Gallup Strengths Finder Assessment and Denison 360 Degree Assessment.

The six linking workshops scheduled throughout the year build upon each other and specifically address the issues and challenges relevant to leaders in academia; that is, developing a personal leadership style, building a culture of respect that fosters outstanding team performance, overcoming difficult situations, supporting diversity and inclusiveness, negotiating for what you and your team need to be successful, and managing change.

One session a month is a small investment in your future success.

Due to the progressive design of this program, successful completion requires participation in all nine sessions.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

September 2017 Session Updated*

 

TOPIC

DATE

TIME

1

Shared Leadership
John Porcari, MA 

Tuesday,
January 31, 2017

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

2

Academic Leadership
and Teambuilding
R. Kevin Grigsby, MSW, DSW 

Tuesday,
February 28, 2017

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

3

Strengths Finder and
360 Degree Assessment
John Porcari, MA

Thursday,
March 30, 2017

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

4

Unconscious and
Structural Bias
Paula K. Davis, MA
Ann E. Thompson, MD, MHCPM

Thursday,
April 20, 2017

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

5

Shared Leadership Review
John Porcari, MA 

Tuesday,
May 23, 2017

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

6

Managing Conflict
Catherine J. Morrison, JD 

*Thursday,
September 14, 2017

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

7

Negotiation
Catherine J. Morrison, JD 

Thursday,
October 19, 2017

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

8

Managing Change
John Porcari, MA 

Thursday,
November 9, 2017

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

9

Shared Leadership Reflection
John Porcari, MA 

Tuesday,
December 5, 2017

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

INSTRUCTIONAL TEAM

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OVERVIEW

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

LEADERSHIP PROJECT

ACCOUNTABILITY TEAMS

LETTER OF NOMINATION

SELECTION CRITERIA

PROGRAM FEE

IMPORTANT DATES

APPLICATION FORM

TESTIMONIALS

CONTACT US

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Develop a leadership style that influences, inspires, and produces results
  • Foster an inclusive workplace culture that values diversity and creativity
  • Improve team performance and productivity through empowerment
    and delegation
  • Promote problem-solving approaches to difficult situations
  • Utilize effective negotiation strategies to achieve your program goals
  • Support organizational success by leading and managing change

LEADERSHIP PROJECT

As part of the admission process, applicants are asked to provide a personal statement reflecting upon what they hope to accomplish by participating in this program. The goal(s) articulated by applicants will contribute to admission decisions and could serve as the foundation of individual leadership projects or plans to be completed over the course of the program and presented at the
final session.

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ACCOUNTABILITY TEAMS

Participants will be assigned to small learning groups who will both support and hold each other accountable for completing their leadership projects. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop more substantial peer mentoring relationships through their interactions with their teammates.

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LETTER OF NOMINATION

A letter of nomination from a Division Chief, Department Chair, Dean, or Institute Director is required as part of the application process. The letter should reflect a strong commitment to the professional growth of the applicant and highlight the applicant’s leadership experience and/or potential. The source of payment for the program fee should also be included, e.g., departmental funds, professional development funds, or personal funds.

Nomination letters should be addressed to Program Director, Advanced Faculty Leadership Academy Admissions Committee, University of Pittsburgh, 301 Scaife Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, and uploaded as a PDF or Word document as part of the application process.

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SELECTION CRITERIA

  1. Midcareer or senior faculty member with a primary or secondary appointment in the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences (Dental Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Health and Rehabilitation) in basic science, clinical or translational research,
    or in education.
  2. Strength of personal statement indicating your degree of leadership experience and how your participation in this program will help to advance your role as a leader in academia.
  3. Commitment to attending the entire program.
  4. Strength of the letter of nomination.
  5. All components of the electronic application must be completed prior to deadline. No components of the electronic application will be accepted after the deadline.

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PROGRAM FEE

Program Fee:

$550.00

Program Fee Due:

Upon notification of acceptance, payment due no later than January 27, 2017

Payment Method:

The program fee can be paid by University check, personal check, or departmental disbursement. All checks should be paid to the order of the University of Pittsburgh * and sent to the Office of Academic Career Development (OACD) Suite 301, Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the fees are paid on time. We encourage applicants to seek support from their divisions or departments to attend this valuable program.

* Please write or type OACD on the memo line of the check or on the disbursement form.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Applications Due:

December  22, 2016

Notification of Acceptance:

January 10, 2017

Program Fee Due:

January 27, 2017

Program Begins:

January 31, 2017

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APPLICATION FORM

The application process is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

For immediate assistance concerning the application, please contact Dr. Darlene Zellers at zellersd@pitt.edu.
[NOTE: If you are having difficulty uploading your documents, try switching your web browser, i.e. preferably to Google Chrome]

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TESTIMONIALS

Read what your colleagues thought of the 2016 Leadership Academy for Early Career Faculty. Read the Testimonials >

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CONTACT US

Office of Academic Career Development
301 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-8486 Fax: 412-648-8121
oacd@hs.pitt.edu 

 

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Introducing:  A year-long professional development program for early career faculty members that is designed to cultivate a generation of transformative academic leaders through shared leadership training

Academic leadership development is a journey that requires time and commitment. Rather than being immersed in leadership training over a 2-3 day period, this program has been structured into nine integrated components that span one year, providing an incremental learning approach to your leadership development. Three sessions focus upon shared leadership: It is introduced in the first session in January, is reviewed at the midpoint session in May, and provides the conceptual framework for the year-end capstone session in December where final career development and leadership action plans are shared.

The six linking workshops scheduled throughout the year build upon each other and specifically address the issues and challenges relevant to leaders in academia; that is, developing a personal leadership style, supporting diversity and building outstanding teams, creating a culture of respect and open communication, overcoming difficult situations, and negotiating for what you need to be successful.

One session a month is a small investment in your future success.

Due to the progressive design of this program, successful completion requires participation in all nine sessions.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Establish the concepts of self-awareness and introspection as being fundamental leadership attributes
  • Instill diversity and inclusion as core values of a transformative leader
  • Foster team cohesiveness and productivity
  • Promote problem-solving strategies in response to difficult situations
  • Advocate effective negotiation strategies to achieve career goals
  • Formulate a personal career development and leadership action plan

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

 

TOPIC

DATE

TIME

1

Shared Leadership:
Change Leadership Development

TBD
January 2018

8:30am
4:00pm

2

Academic Career Planning
& Development

TBD
February 2018

8:30am
12:00pm

3

Understanding & Adapting
Your Behavioral Style

TBD
March 2018

8:30am
12:00pm

4

Uncovering Unconscious
& Structural Biases

TBD
April 2018

8:30am
12:00pm

5

Shared Leadership Review:
Framework for Achieving Results

TBD
May 2018

8:30am
4:00pm

6

Building Cohesive &
High Performing Teams

TBD
June 2018

8:30am
12:00pm

7

Managing Difficult Situations

TBD
September 2018

8:30am
12:00pm

8

Negotiating for Success
& Satisfaction

TBD
October 2018

8:30am
12:00pm

9

Shared Leadership:
Career & Action Plans

TBD
December 2018

8:30am
4:00pm

LEADERSHIP TEAM

CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND LEADERSHIP ACTION PLANS

As part of the admission process, applicants are asked to provide a personal statement reflecting upon what they hope to accomplish by participating in this program. The goal(s) articulated by applicants will contribute to admission decisions and serve as the foundation of individual career development and leadership action plans to be completed over the course of the program and shared during the final session.

ACCOUNTABILITY TEAMS

Participants will be assigned to small learning groups who will both support and hold each other accountable for completing their coursework and projects. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop more substantial peer mentoring relationships through their interactions with their teammates.

LETTER OF NOMINATION

A letter of nomination from a Division Chief, Department Chair, Dean, or Institute Director is required as part of the application process. The letter should reflect a strong commitment to the applicant’s career and support for the applicant to attend the entire program. Letters should indicate if the applicant has independent funding and if so, the source of the funding. The source of payment for the program fee should also be included, e.g., departmental funds, professional development funds, or personal funds.

Nomination letters should be addressed to Program Director, Leadership Academy Admissions Committee, University of Pittsburgh, 301 Scaife Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, and uploaded as a PDF or Word document as part of the application process.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  1. Early career faculty member with a primary or secondary appointment in the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences (Dental Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Health and Rehabilitation) in basic science, clinical or translational research, or in education.
  2. Clear commitment to an academic career.
  3. Strength of personal statement indicating how your participation in this program will help to advance your academic career as an investigator or educator.
  4. Commitment to attending the entire program.
  5. Strength of the letter of nomination.
  6. All components of the electronic application must be completed prior to deadline. No components of the electronic application will be accepted after the deadline.

PROGRAM FEE

Program Fee:

$550.00

Program Fee Due:

Upon notification of acceptance, payment due no later than January 26, 2018

Payment Method:

The program fee can be paid by University check, personal check, or departmental disbursement. All checks should be paid to the order of the University of Pittsburgh * and sent to the Office of Academic Career Development (OACD) Suite 301, Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the fees are paid on time. We encourage applicants to seek support from their divisions or departments to attend this valuable program.

* Please write or type OACD on the memo line of the check or on the disbursement form.

IMPORTANT DATES

Applications Due:

December 20, 2017

Notification of Acceptance:

January 10, 2018

Program Begins:

TBD

Program Fee Due:

January 26, 2018

TESTIMONIALS

Read what your colleagues thought of the 2016 Leadership Academy for Early Career Faculty. Read the Testimonials

APPLICATION FORM

Apply to the 2018 Early Faculty Leadership Academy

For immediate assistance concerning the application, please contact Dr. Darlene Zellers at zellersd@pitt.edu.
[NOTE: If you are having difficulty uploading your documents, try switching your web browser, i.e. preferably to Google Chrome]

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CONTACT US

Office of Academic Career Development
301 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-8486 Fax: 412-648-8121

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