Leadership Education


The Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership offers a suite of collaborative leadership education initiatives for aspiring and current leaders at Rutgers. These programs seek to improve the leadership capacity of academic and administrative leaders and to build a culture of leadership development across the institution. Specific details for each of these programs is listed below.

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Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA)

The Rutgers Leadership Academy is a one-year program (formerly a two-year program) for mid-career faculty and staff who aspire to broadened leadership roles within their units, the university, and/or higher education, more generally.

The RLA focuses on the development of cross-cutting leadership concepts, competencies, and tools to enhance the professional capabilities for those in academic, professional, and administrative leadership roles. The program also addresses the unique situation- and position-specific organizational and leadership challenges that these leaders may encounter.

As a result of participating in the program, RLA Fellows will have an opportunity to:

  • Gain familiarity with the contemporary challenges facing academic and administrative leaders across higher education.
  • Increase understanding of fundamental perspectives and concepts of leadership as they apply in higher education. along with important dimensions of higher education administration, including organizational structure and mission, governance, finance and budgeting, legal and regulatory issues, diversity, and ethics.
  • Enhance personal and professional leadership competencies.
  • Advance Rutgers and individual leadership capabilities by leading a field-based project from conception through completion.

The nomination details for the 2019-2020 cohort will be made available in Spring 2019. See the links below for additional details of the RLA program.

Rutgers Leadership Program featured in Chronicle of Higher Education

RLA Participant Testimonials

RLA 2017-2019
RLA 2015-2017

PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy (PLDA)

In its ninth year, the PreDoctoral Leadership Academy (PLDA), is a one year program designed to provide doctoral students from a broad array of academic disciplines with the supplemental knowledge and skills needed for academic and administrative leadership roles.

The program recognizes that the pool of academic leaders who are motivated and trained to assume critical leadership roles is limited. There is an increasingly critical need for individuals who are well-trained within their own disciplines, and who also understand the organization and administration of colleges and universities and the challenges they face, and have communication, organizational, and leadership knowledge and competencies.

The PLDA program was created to provide a complement to discipline-based study by offering experiential and classroom opportunities that emphasize leadership style and strategy, collaborative decision-making, planning and organizational assessment, communication with internal and external constituencies, and other knowledge and skill-sets important to informal and formal leadership and professional advancement.

The components of PLDA include both didactic and experiential elements that, together, provide fundamental knowledge of higher education from historical and contemporary perspectives. It also provides an overview of the array of problems and opportunities confronting the academy and other large institutions today, and examines approaches and competencies required of leaders to meaningfully address these challenges.

PLDA is offered by the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership with support from the School of Graduate Studies, School of Arts and Sciences-NB, and the School of Communication and Information-NB. Contributions in support of OL leadership programs have been provided by Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, the Mellon Foundation, Anne Thomas, Francis and Mary Kay Lawrence, and other Rutgers faculty and staff. Core faculty for the PLDA come from the School of Graduate Studies, School of Arts and Sciences-NB, and the School of Communication and Information-NB, as well as other faculty from other universities.

PLDA is open to any Rutgers University doctoral student from Camden, Newark, New Brunswick, and RBHS. The program invites nominations for student from all disciplines within the university and encourages nominations from women and minorities in order to enhance diversity among future academic administrators nationally.

Students who wish to be considered for participation in the program will need to be nominated by a program director, department chair, dean, or vice-president.

Fellows must be able to attend all of the in-person classes on Fridays from 9:00 am – 11:00 am in New Brunswick.

Fellows who successfully complete the one-year program will be awarded a $1,000 honorarium. Fellows’ completion of the program will also be recognized on their academic transcripts.

News Coverage

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2017/09/12/value-seeking-academic-leadership-skills-and-opportunities-graduate-student-essay

https://ol.rutgers.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/the-chronicle-of-higher-education.pdf

https://ol.rutgers.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/preparing-the-next-generation-of-academic-leaders.pdf

Academic Leadership Program – RBHS

The Academic Leadership Program at RBHS (ALP-RBHS) provides a venue for faculty administrators (e.g., chairs, program directors) to examine and further develop their leadership, management, and organizational competencies with attention to current biomedical and health sciences challenges and opportunities at the national and state level, and within Rutgers and RBHS. Developed in collaboration between the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership and RBHS leaders, faculty, and staff, the program delivers a blend of concepts, best practices, methods, and tools to enhance participants’ leadership competencies and ability to advance their individual units and RBHS more broadly. As a result of participating in this interactive one-year program, fellows will examine common leadership challenges, share strategies for addressing these challenges and realizing new opportunities, and enhance their understanding of useful strategies, techniques, and tools for enhancing leadership capacity. The program, which requires a year-long commitment, includes a series of in-person workshops and discussions co-facilitated by content experts from the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership and RBHS senior leaders.

The program is co-sponsored by the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). For further information, contact Christine Goldthwaite.

2019-2020 Program

2018-2019 Inaugural Program

ALP-RBHS Brochure

Program Topics

Each session focuses on an area of critical importance for leadership in the academic health context. These include:

  • Complexities of the academic health landscape
  • Principles and pragmatics of leadership communication
  • Mentoring, evaluation, and promotion procedures
  • Strategic planning and organizational excellence
  • Financial models and financial management
  • Leveraging personal and professional strengths
  • Organizational culture
  • Anticipating risks and leading during crises
  • Change management

Program Goals

As a result of participating in this program, fellows will enhance their leadership capacities and capabilities in several ways, including:

  • Increase understanding of current biomedical and health sciences leadership challenges at the national and state level, and within Rutgers and RBHS through presentations and discussions with higher education and academic health experts.
  • Strengthen the ability to assess and leverage individual personal and professional strengths, and the strengths of those they lead through the use of various assessment tools and engagement strategies.
  • Enhance the ability to identify and solve problems related to communication, change, and culture through the use of various diagnostic tools and frameworks.
  • Strengthen communication competence and effectiveness through an exploration and application of the principles and pragmatics of leadership communication.
  • Develop interprofessional relationships and strengthen interprofessional networks across RBHS through the development of a project proposal designed to address a significant area of need in their unit, department, school, or RBHS.

ALP-RBHS Participation Criteria

  • Newly appointed Faculty Administrator with less than two years of experience in the role (e.g. Chair, Chief, Associate Dean, Director, etc.) or an established chair, program director, or division chief seeking to enhance one’s leadership capacity.
  • Committed to preparing for and attending all in-person sessions on Wednesday evenings from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm from September 2019 to May 2020; on rare occasions, the senior program administrator may facilitate remote participation for fellows with unavoidable absences. Sessions typically alternate between Newark and New Brunswick.
  • Committed to developing a project proposal and presentation for the final session, with the possibility of the proposal being implemented within the department/school/center/unit. Collaboration on this project proposal is strongly encouraged.
  • Motivated to strengthen leadership competencies and to make a positive impact on one’s unit, department, school, and RBHS more broadly.

2018-2019 Program Faculty—Module Development and Delivery

  • Jeffrey Carson, Provost, RBHS-New Brunswick
  • Vicente Gracias, President and Chair of the Board, Rutgers Health Group; Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, RBHS
  • Joseph Barone, Dean, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
  • Gwendolyn Mahon, Dean, School of Health Professions
  • Maral Mouradian, Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development, William Dow Lovett Professor of Neurology and Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative and Neuroimmunologic Diseases, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Kathleen Bramwell, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, RBHS, University Finance and Administration
  • Cathryn Heath, Medical Director, Family Medicine and Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Alfred Tallia, Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Karen Shapiro, Chief Administrative Officer, School of Health Professions
  • Mary O’Dowd, Executive Director, Health Systems and Population Health Integration, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research
  • Kathleen Scotto, Vice Chancellor for Research, RBHS; Vice Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Meredith Mullane, Executive Director, RBHS Faculty Affairs
  • Tynisha Coleman, Project Manager, RBHS Faculty Affairs
  • Sherrie Tromp, Associate Director, Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership
  • Brent Ruben, Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership and Distinguished Professor of Communication, RU-NB
  • Ralph Gigliotti, Director of Leadership Development and Research, Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership
  • Christine Goldthwaite, Senior Program Administrator for ALP-RBHS, Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership

Distinction in Leadership in Academic Healthcare

The Distinction in Leadership in Academic Healthcare program is offered by the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in collaboration with the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership. Contact Dr. Carol Terregino at terregca@rwjms.rutgers.edu or Dr. Ralph Gigliotti at ralph.gigliotti@rutgers.edu for further information or questions.

Program Objectives

  • Identify the challenges and opportunities associated with leadership in academic medical centers
  • Gain a greater understanding of fundamental perspectives and concepts of leadership and communication, along with a better understanding of the structure and landscape of academic medicine and academic medical center
  • Increase understanding of important dimensions of administration, including organizational structure and mission, finance and budgeting, legal and regulatory issues, diversity, and ethics, along with specific tools needed for leadership in academic medical centers.
  • Interact with senior leaders from the academic medical center and higher education more broadly
  • Enhance personal and professional leadership competencies in formal and informal settings
  • Learn from the experiences of others through a four-week field experience
  • Lead a field-based project from conception through completion

Overall Program Goals

  • As a result of participating in the program, students will gain a deeper understanding of their individual leadership and communication styles.
  • As a result of participating in the program, students will use their own leadership and communication behaviors to lead effectively within the Academic Health Center.

Program Methods

  • 16 suggested didactic sessions and two independent or small group sessions organized to meet these objectives.
  • In addition to these session students will participate in a practicum component and prepare a scholarly project
    • Practicum component – Two administrative internships of at least four weeks duration
      • Field-based projects under the mentorship of senior campus leaders.
    • Scholarly project – Author a publication-ready manuscript and present the project at an annual symposium
      • The Distinction in Leadership Committee will review project proposals and approve final scholarly projects

Big10 Academic Alliance (BTAA) Leadership Programs

Rutgers-New Brunswick is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA). Through the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers-New Brunswick, the university is actively engaged with the BTAA in areas related to leadership development, among others, and our affiliation will provide a variety of opportunities for Rutgers faculty and academic administrators. For further information on BTAA activities related to leadership development go to http://www.btaa.net/faculty/academic-leadership-development, or contact: Karen Stubaus or Francine Conway, who serve as Rutgers liaisons to these programs.

Topics in Academic Leadership

The Topics in Academic Leadership seminars focus on cross-cutting leadership issues relevant for all current administrators and other faculty, staff, and graduate students interested in academic leadership, and provide a forum for discussing leadership issues and challenges, addressing theoretical and practical problems of academic leadership, and sharing effective practices across disciplines. These seminars, featuring university and national higher education leaders, are offered to individuals participating in OL leadership programs and others on a space available basis.

The program is sponsored by the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership, School of Graduate Studies, School of Communication and Information-NB, and Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

For further information and information on space availability, contact Ralph Gigliotti.

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