1. What is the difference between the Academic Leadership Program at RBHS (ALP-RBHS) and the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA)?

ALP-RBHS is a leadership development program designed for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) faculty administrators with less than two years of experience in the role, or established faculty administrators seeking to enhance their personal leadership capacity. The program focuses on addressing the challenges and opportunities that are unique to academic health centers. The 2019-2020 program topics can be found here.

The RLA is a leadership development program designed for mid-career faculty and staff (individuals with approximately 7 years of professional experience) from across the University with an interest in learning more about the core concepts and competencies associated with leadership in higher education. The 2019-2020 program topics can be found here. (See RLA FAQ’s for detailed information about the RLA program).

2. Who is eligible to be nominated?

The program is designed for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) faculty administrators (e.g., chairs, vice chairs, associate/assistant deans, institute and program directors, etc.) with less than two years of experience in the role, or established faculty administrators seeking to enhance their personal leadership capacity. The nominee should be one who has potential for increased leadership responsibility and achievement within academic health.

3. What if I am not a faculty administrator, but I am interested in developing as a leader in higher education?

Consider asking a senior leader to submit a nomination for you to the Rutgers Leadership Academy. (See RLA FAQ for details on that program).

4. How many fellows will be selected for ALP-RBHS?

Approximately 25 individuals will be selected for participation in any given year.

5. How does the nomination process work?

Nominations for participation in ALP-RBHS can be submitted by deans, directors, chairs, or other senior administrative leaders who see potential for greater leadership in the nominee. Senior leaders may nominate more than one individual. Once nominated, the faculty administrator will need to complete the online form to be considered.

6. Can you nominate yourself?

Yes. Individuals who meet the criteria outlined above may also self-nominate. If selected to participate in the program, one’s Dean will first need to approve participation in the program.

7. Can applicants from previous years be nominated again?

Yes. Using the current nomination form, nominators should submit new nomination materials for prospective ALP-RBHS Fellows.

8. What is the project proposal and when do projects have to be identified?

Working in small groups and across RBHS schools, Fellows will identify a project of importance and develop a proposal to be presented to RBHS senior leaders at the end of the program. These projects are intended to provide a context for applying and furthering the development of leadership competencies, while meaningfully addressing significant needs of the institution and RBHS. For the purposes of this program, Fellows will only be responsible for the design of the project proposal, with the encouragement to implement the project upon completion of the program.

9. When do the sessions meet?

The sessions meet approximately twice a month from September through April on Wednesdays from 4:30-7:00 pm, alternating between Newark and New Brunswick. A full schedule for the 2020-2021 program will be posted in Spring 2020.

10. What happens if you can’t attend all sessions?

Fellows are expected to attend all in-person sessions. However, we recognize there may be circumstances that may affect a Fellow’s ability to attend all classes and meetings. Fellows should not miss more than one or two sessions during the year-long program.

11. Is there a cost to the academy?

No. Materials for ALP-RBHS class sessions are provided by the program. Any project costs, including release time, travel, and project materials must be assumed by individual Fellows.

12. Will funding and/or release time be provided for Fellows?

No funding and/or release time will be provided for ALP-RBHS Fellows.

13. When will nominations be accepted for the next cohort of the ALP-RBHS?

Nominations for the next ALP-RBHS cohort will be accepted in April 2020. Decisions will be made in May 2020.

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