Leadership Academy for Early Career Faculty Thursday, January 30, 2020 (All day) - Tuesday, December 8, 2020 (All day) S100 Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, 200 Lothrop Street

Thursday, January 30, 2020 (All day) - Tuesday, December 8, 2020 (All day)
S100 Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, 200 Lothrop Street

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

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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 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 is summarized in the November session. 

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, 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 ten sessions.

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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






Shared Leadership:
Leadership Development
Beth Davis, SPHR

January 30, 2020



Personal Greater Goals:
Discovering & Leveraging
Beth Davis, SPHR

February 27, 2020



Academic Career Planning
& Development
Robert Arnold, MD & Melissa McNeil, MD, MPH

March 31, 2020



Uncovering Unconscious
& Structural Biases
Paula Davis, MA & Ann Thompson, MD, MHCPM

April 30, 2020



Shared Leadership Review:
Framework for Achieving Results
& Commitment Management
Beth Davis, SPHR

May 21, 2020



Personal Transformations
Panel Discussion
2018 Alumni

June 25, 2020



Managing Difficult Situations
Franklyn Cladis, MD

September 17, 2020



Negotiating for Success
& Satisfaction
Jennifer Woodward, PhD

October 15, 2020



Leading Change
Beth Davis, SPHR

November 12, 2020



Shared Leadership:
Career & Action Plans
Beth Davis, SPHR

December 8, 2020


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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, Health and Rehabilitation, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health) 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


Program Fee Due Date

Upon notification of acceptance, payment due no later than January 21, 2020

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 20, 2019

Notification of Acceptance

January 10, 2020

Program Fee Due Date

January 21, 2020

Program Start Date

January 30, 2020


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

Application Form

Apply Here

For immediate assistance concerning the application, please contact Dr. Darlene Zellers at zellersd@pitt.edu.

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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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