The following curriculum serves as the guide for the AACP Academic Leaders Fellows annual programming. The goals and objectives of the program are aimed at the development of self, through the study of leadership theory, personal skills enhancement and guidance from demonstrated leaders. This program, consisting of four in-person meetings, provides resources in conjunction with the experiential activities designed by the mentor at the home school or college. In combination, Fellows are given development opportunities of personal strengths, knowledge and skills in leadership, and related to higher education, as well as increasing their personal network.

GOAL: Examine, analyze and internalize knowledge of self, utilizing the theories and skills of leadership to build a practice based on integrity, ethics, teamwork and community. Individuals completing the program join the community of leaders among the members of AACP who are contributing to the advancement of pharmacy education, higher education, research, and the practice of pharmacy.

Sessions: (Agendas provided on website)

  1. Leadership and Self: Discovery and Teamwork
  2. Leadership Potpourri: Constructing Skills, Historical Perspectives and Issues in Higher Education
  3. Creating Self and Current Topics in Leadership
  4. Refining Self, Current Topics in Leadership and Summary


  1. Analyze and evaluate leadership theories and philosophy, and reflect upon those theories in case studies throughout the program (Sessions I, II, III and IV). Theories include: transformative and adaptive leadership styles.
  2. Reflect on individual strengths and create a plan of action for implementing them to lead (Session I).
  3. Incorporate communications styles, strengths, emotional intelligence and other knowledge into creating an executive presence. Create a plan and timeline and verify your achievements in your journal (Sessions I, II, III and IV).
  4. Review and reflect upon self and interactions with others (Sessions I, II, III and IV).
  5. Reflect on diversity, culture and wellness (Session III).
  6. Interact with leaders in Higher Education and Health Professions education to evaluate the current state of Higher Education and Health Professions Education (Sessions II and III).
  7. Develop skills for effective professional arguments (Session I).
  8. Consider the future of health professions education and how Fellow’s may contribute (Session IV).
  9. Identify your role in leading change in a team-oriented environment and acting with integrity (Sessions I and II).
  10. Understand the strategies of implementation science (Session II).

Cultivating the experience:

  1. Review the Goals and Objectives of the program and individual components (curriculum with mentor and project). Before and/or after sessions review materials provided by speakers and assigned pre-readings.
  2. Set expectations with leadership for release time- or time needed for maximum effort and attendance in program.
  3. Set schedule for meetings with team members.
  4. Engage leadership facilitators to test ideas and theories, follow up on activities and practice relationship building and executive presence.
  5. Review topics in the Harvard Business Review; send thoughts, comments, and encouragement to team members based on readings.
  6. Make time to read leadership literature in higher education and health professions.
  7. Use your journal to annotate books or articles you have read; make it a practice to cruise for new reading.
  8. Review leadership resource tools, videos, and make time for watching a TED talk weekly.
  9. Post thoughts on leadership resources, readings, or cases (anonymous) to the discussion board and/or AACP Connect for further comment.
  10. Consider a Fellow swap with another institution.