Academic Leadership Fellows Program

Pharmacy Education Professionals

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The application submission window for Cohort 18 is now closed.
Information regarding Cohort 19 (2022–2023), including the opening of the application process, will be available in December 2021.

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The Academic Leadership Fellows Program supports and contributes to the development of leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education. The program provides an opportunity for Fellows to expand relationships with peers and colleagues in other institutions, as well as within their own college and university. The ALFP curriculum is reviewed annually to ensure content is contemporary and appropriate to the programs leadership objectives. 

The four-session, year-long program includes:

  • in-depth leadership development;
  • team building;
  • exploration of legislative and public policy issues critical to pharmaceutical and higher education;
  • self and peer assessments;
  • individual project dealing with leadership;
  • team project concerning current issues in academic pharmacy;
  • personal and interpersonal competencies for leadership;
  • exposure to national and international leaders;
  • practical management responsibilities and administrative competencies of an academic pharmacy administrator; and
  • leadership in the external arena of advocacy of the profession.

Session I: Leadership and Self: Discovery and Teamwork

Session I sets the tone for the year-long Fellows program. The objective of this session is for Fellows to look within and focus on the self-discovery of leadership strengths and weaknesses; become aware of the strengths and weaknesses of others; understand leadership theory; and maximize personal strengths to develop effective teams. Fellows practice effective team building with the development of an inter-team project.

Session II: Leadership Potpourri: Constructing Skills, Historical Perspectives and Higher Education

The second session of the Fellows program involves further discovery of self and leadership skills building. The importance of the concept of Emotional Intelligence in leadership is introduced. Included is a visit to Mt. Vernon and the George Washing Presidential Library for presentations on leadership from a historical perspective. Session II also provides presentations and interaction with national and international leaders in higher education.

Session III: Creating Self and Current Topics in Leadership and Higher Education

Session III includes an emphasis on leadership integrity and enhancing leadership skills; dealing with challenging situations: the concept of well-being and balancing work and home life; understanding leadership at the accreditation level; and being conscious of diversity and inclusion as a leader. Session III is held in conjunction with INterim Meeting.

Session IV: Refining Self and Current Topics in Leadership

The final session of the year-long program provides the opportunity for the Fellows to exercise their learned experiences and is held on the first day of the AACP Annual Meeting. On their final day, Fellows participate in a summary of the ALFP experience and discussing the future of pharmacy and higher education. Fellows participate in an exciting presentation from a nationally known expert on body language, verbal and non-verbal communications. In addition, Fellows will receive a presentation on the future of higher education. The day ends with a graduation ceremony and dinner in honor of the Leadership Fellows. Fellows then participate in the AACP Annual Meeting.

2021–2022 ALFP Cohort 18 Calendar

  • Session I: September 13–17, 2021 (Airlie Conference Center, Warrenton, VA)
  • Session II: November 7–12, 2021 (Hyatt Regency Dulles, Herndon, VA)
  • Session III: February 19–22, 2022 (as part of the AACP INterim Meeting, San Diego, CA)
  • Session IV: July 23–27, 2022 (as part of the AACP Annual Meeting, Grapevine, TX)