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, gain leadership skills, understand leadership strengths, and develop a personal leadership style to apply in pharmacy and higher education. ALFP allows participants to expand their professional network across the AACP academy.

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 and networking
  • exploration of critical issues related to pharmacy and higher education
  • self assessment of leadership style and strengths
  • assigned readings and discussions from top-tier leadership books and the Harvard Business Review
  • exposure to practical management and administrative issues including tips for success
  • access to national and international leaders in pharmacy and higher education
  • team project concerning current issues in pharmacy education
  • individualized plan for additional, mentoring, development, and application of knowledge gained from the four sessions at your home institution
  • all sessions are interactive and application based!


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
  • higher education
  • 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 a mentor for the Fellow. The Dean Mentor from the home institution does NOT officially participate in the ALFP sessions or travel to the meetings.  The role is to provide additional mentoring and application of what the Fellow has learned and apply the information to local context at the home institution.  

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.  Please go to the main ALFP website for more information on application instructions.

The  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, a team-building "ropes course" and the Gallup Clifton Strengths exercises, trips to DC-based museums 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. Prior to the start of the program, AACP will email the Fellow their registration invoice in May with full payment requested by mid-July prior to the Annual Meeting.

Help make a strong case with the administration at your school by using the talking points below:

  • Review the program curriculum and schedule. Write down key sessions or topics that you think will help you be a better leader and educator, and how those lessons might positively impact your department and school.
  • Analyze current challenges and learn from others. As a member of this distinguished group of leaders, you’ll have opportunities to form life-long relationships with colleagues and grow a network with peers across institutions, drawing experience from those facing similar problems and successes.
  • Watch the ABCs of ALFP webinar to hear first-hand how the program impacted Fellows careers, and how the relationship with dean mentors played an important role.


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
  • Clifton Strengths program
  • interacting with the George Washington Presidential Library staff and leaders
  • interacting with the Planet Word museum staff and leaders
  • the opportunity to advance leadership skills, advance their career, and ultimately add value to their school/college of pharmacy