Purpose and Overview

  • The Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP) supports the development of leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education.
  • Fellows are selected and participate in four sessions over the course of the year.  There are 30 fellows in a cohort.  Fellows in the cohort are assigned to a longitudinal team (consisting of 6 Fellows and 1 Dean Leadership Facilitator).
  • Fellows also develop an individualized plan with an assigned Dean Mentor from their home institution.  The Dean Mentor does not participate or travel to the four in-person sessions of ALFP.  The purpose is discuss and apply what the Fellow has learned at the sessions throughout the year to their local context.

Sessions Overview

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 the Fellow to look within to realize and understand their personal strengths and weaknesses. Speakers focus on self-discovery of leadership strengths and weaknesses.

Session I involves:
  • classroom and outdoor activities focused upon discovering individual strengths
  • capitalizing on individual strengths
  • becoming aware of the strengths and weaknesses of others
  • maximizing strengths to develop effective teams
  • discussion of leadership theories
  • learning about and developing relationships with cohort members
  • developing a network of support and shared experiences with cohort members

Session II

Leadership Potpourri: Constructing Skills, Historical Perspectives and Higher Education

The second session of the year-long Fellow’s program involves further discovery of self and leadership skills building. Session II also involves viewing leadership from a historical perspective.

Components of Session II include:
  • continued discussion of the individual Fellows’ strengths
  • introduces the concept of Emotional Intelligence in leadership
  • understanding leadership from a historical perspective
  • a visit to Mt. Vernon, estate and home of the George Washington Presidential Library
  • presentations from national and international leaders in higher education

Session III

Creating Self and Current Topics in Leadership and Higher Education

Session III involves one and one-half days of additional presentations and leadership discussion followed by the Fellows debates. After spending the first two sessions focusing on individual strengths and developing the Fellows leadership styles, this session introduces application of their leadership styles to interact with colleagues and situations.

Session III involves:
  • compare and contrast leadership styles
  • dealing with leadership styles different from one’s own
  • understanding roles and responsibilities of university administration and culture
  • dealing with senior management and upper administration
  • achieving a healthy balance between the commitments of work and home life
  • debates of current topics in academic pharmacy 

Session IV

Refining Self and Current Topics in Leadership

The final session of the year-long program provides the opportunity for the Fellows culminate their learning experiences over the year.  The day ends with a graduation ceremony and dinner in honor of the Leadership Fellows.

Suggested Discussions and Activities for the Fellow and Dean Mentor at the Home Institution

The success of Fellows participating in ALFP is the sharing of knowledge and experience by the Dean Mentor and applying information the Fellow learned at the ALFP sessions to local contexts at the home institution.  The following are suggested topics and activities to consider when creating the individual mentoring plan at the home institution.  

Topics for discussion:
  • Leadership style
  • Policy and university governance
  • Legal issues in higher education
  • Career advancement activities
  • Human resource management
  • Strategic planning
  • Advocacy at the local, state, and national level
  • Budgeting and finance considerations
  • Leading versus managing;
  • Empowerment and delegation
  • Vision and mission: creating understanding, buy-in, and shared view
  • Creating a healthy culture in the workplace
  • Leading an organization within an organization
Activities to consider:
  • Scheduled meetings with other leaders on campus (e.g., President, Provost, Vice-Provost, Dean from another school)
  • Special project assigned by the Dean
  • Discussion of articles from Harvard Business Review on leadership and management issues
  • Select 2 of the books from the ALFP program and have a book club discussion
  • Develop a leadership philosophy
  • Have a Fellow exchange with another Fellow/Dean Mentor pair to gain a different perspective