Advanced Faculty Leadership Academy 2019

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (All day) - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (All day)
S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

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 ten 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 seven 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 ten sessions.

Program Schedule






Shared Leadership:
Leadership Development

Beth Davis, SPHR

January 29, 2019



Uncovering Unconscious
and Structural Bias

Paula Davis, MA
Ann Thompson, MD, MHCPM 

February 26, 2019



Discovering and
Leveraging Strengths

Beth Davis, SPHR

March 26, 2019



Academic Leadership and Career Development
Doris Rubio, PhD

April 16, 2019



Framework for Achieving Results
& Commitment Management

Beth Davis, SPHR

May 21, 2019



Personal Transformations
Panel Discussion

June 25, 2019



Managing Difficult Situations
Franklyn Cladis, MD

September 10, 2019



Negotiating for Success
& Satisfaction

Jennifer Woodward, PhD

October 8, 2019



Managing Change
Beth Davis, SPHR

November 12, 2019



Shared Leadership Projects
Beth Davis, SPHR

December 10, 2019


Instructional Team

View the 2019 Leadership Team



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.

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) basic science research, clinical investigation, translational research, or clinical 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.

Program Fee

Program Fee


Program Fee Due Date

Upon notification of acceptance, payment due no later than January 18, 2019

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

Application Due Date

December 21, 2018

Notification of Acceptance

January 11, 2019

Program Fee Due Date

January 18, 2019

Program Start Date

January 29, 2019

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Application Form

Apply Here

For immediate assistance concerning the application, please contact Dr. Darlene Zellers at

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Read what your colleagues thought of the 2017 Leadership Academy for Midcareer and Senior Faculty. Read the Testimonials >

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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