Academic Leaders Start Here

Since graduating Cohort 1 in 2005, the Academic Leadership Fellows Program has supported and contributed to the development of leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education. The program is intended to provide the opportunity for individuals to learn leadership theory as well as understand and expand upon the Fellow’s strengths. ALFP allows participants to expand relationships with peers and colleagues within their institution as well as other institutions and organizations.

Fellows commence their leadership path with an understanding of personal potential, talent and leadership strengths, and skills and management tools to more successfully engage in their responsibilities.

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.

A Sound Investment

Institutions who nominate a member of their faculty to participate in the Academic Leadership Fellows Program take an important step in developing a promising leader who will be prepared to make significant contributions to:

  • academic pharmacy;
  • their home institution; and
  • the Fellow’s career.

Nominating deans invest both financial and personnel resources in the program. The dean makes a personal commitment to ensure the program is successful for the nominee by serving as, or designating, a mentor for the Fellow. The mentor assists her/him in discovering and developing individual leadership/management potential and a perspective of academic leadership at the college/campus level.

All AACP members are eligible to apply to the program. Applicants must submit a letter of intent, current CV, and a letter of recommendation from the Dean Mentor that addresses:

  • the applicant’s future career goals;
  • what s/he hopes to learn through the Academic Leadership Fellows Program; and
  • how the applicant would like to make a difference through leadership in academic pharmacy and higher education.

Program Cost

The registration fee for the Academic Leadership Fellows Program is $9,950, which includes program tuition, curriculum, speakers, leadership texts, some meals, a one-year subscription to the Harvard Business Review, the Challenge Discovery exercise and the Gallup Clifton Strengths exercises, and registration for the AACP INterim and Annual Meetings. Travel, lodging and most meal costs are the responsibility of the Fellow and/or college or school. AACP allows the program tuition to be paid in two installments, the first by June 15, 2020, and the second on July 15, 2020.

Creating a Future Leader

Participants in this dynamic program benefit from:

  • presentations by national and international leaders in higher education;
  • mentoring by deans and university leaders;
  • networking with peers;
  • engaging teamwork;
  • presentations and interaction with experts in leadership;
  • executive presence;
  • Clifton Strengths program;
  • interacting with the George Washington Presidential Library staff and leaders; and
  • the opportunity to advance skills, career and value to a school or college of pharmacy.

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 his/her personal strengths and opportunities for growth. Speakers focus on self-discovery of leadership strengths and weaknesses.

Components of Session I include:

  • classroom and outdoor activities focused on discovering individual strengths;
  • becoming aware of the strengths and weaknesses of others;
  • professional arguments;
  • project involving adaptive leadership;
  • leadership theory; and
  • maximizing strengths to develop effective teams.

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. Session II also involves viewing leadership from a historical perspective.

Components of Session II include:

  • continued discussion of the individual Fellow’s strengths and opportunities for growth;
  • introduction of the concept of Emotional Intelligence in leadership;
  • understanding leadership from a historical perspective;
  • exploring the need for change in higher education;
  • a visit to Mt. Vernon, estate and home of the George Washington Presidential Library; and
  • 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-a-half days of additional presentations and leadership discussion. After spending the first two sessions focusing on individual strengths and developing the Fellows leadership styles, this session introduces aspects of using their leadership styles to interact with colleagues and situations.

The objectives and activities of Session III include, but are not limited to:

  • dealing with leadership styles different from one’s own;
  • applying leadership styles through case studies;
  • making decisions based upon ethics and morals
  • understanding roles and responsibilities of university administration and culture;
  • leading with considerations for diversity; and
  • achieving a healthy balance between the commitments of work and home life.

Session IV: Refining Self and Current Topics in Leadership

The final session provides the opportunity for the Fellows to exercise their learned experiences. Session IV is held in conjunction with the first day of the AACP Annual Meeting and features an inspirational presentation from a nationally-known expert in body language, verbal and non-verbal communications, and a discussion on the future of pharmacy and higher education.

The day ends with a graduation ceremony and dinner in honor of the Leadership Fellows.

Sessions I and II are held in the Washington, D.C. area, while Sessions III and IV are held in association with the February INterim Meeting and the July Annual Meeting.