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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.

RLA-2017-2019 Cohort

Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA)
RLA is a one-year academic leadership certificate program designed for mid-career faculty
and staff with an interest in learning more about the core concepts, competencies, and tools associated with leadership in higher education. The RLA has been designed to parallel the Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Development Program, and has been recognized nationally as a leading program. As part of the program, participants assume a leadership role in developing a project proposal to advance their unit or the campus/university as a whole. Upon completion of the program, alumni have future opportunities for networking, participation, and professional development in the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership Alumni Network. Nearly 75 faculty and staff participants representing over 60 departments and units from New Brunswick, Newark, Camden, and RBHS have participated in the program since its inception in 2015.

PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy (PLDA)
This one-year program is designed to provide selected doctoral student fellows from disciplines throughout the university with an introduction to current practices and challenges in higher education, and opportunities for developing the organizational, analytic, communication,
and personal competencies recognized as critical to effective leadership across multiple organizational settings. Since the program’s inception in 2010, nearly 135 doctoral students representing over 50 academic departments have participated in the program.

ALP-RBHS

Academic Leadership Program-RBHS (ALP-RBHS)
Developed in collaboration with RBHS senior leaders, ALP-RBHS provides a venue for faculty administrators (e.g., chairs, program directors, assistant deans) 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. As a part of the program, participants assume a leadership role
in developing an interdisciplinary/interdepartmental project proposal to advance RBHS, with opportunities for seed funding for select projects provided by the RBHS Office of the Chancellor. Upon completion of the program, alumni have future opportunities for networking, participation, and professional development in the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership Alumni Network. Nearly 40 faculty administrators representing all eight RBHS schools have participated in the program since the program’s inception in 2018.

Distinction in Leadership in Academic Healthcare (DILAH)
In collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, DILAH provides medical students with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their approaches to leadership and communication, and to reflect on ways of collaborating effectively with colleagues and patients in an academic health center. Since the program’s inception in 2017, nearly 50 students have participated in the program, several of whom completed all requirements to receive the formal distinction designation upon graduation.

For more information regarding the Rutgers Leadership Academy or PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy, contact Chris Goldthwaite.

For more information regarding the Academic Leadership Program at RBHS or the Distinction in Leadership in Academic Health, contact Sara Spear.

Coaching for Program Alumni
As an added benefit for the participants of our leadership development programs (RLA, ALP-RBHS, PLDA, and DILAH), the Center provides personalized leadership coaching services on a limited basis.

What is Leadership Coaching?
Coaching provides participants and alumni of our leadership development programs with an opportunity to further examine their individual leadership challenges, experiences, and future goals through a series of structured and purposeful conversations.

What is a coach?
A coach is a trained professional who is knowledgeable in adult learning and development and certified in the practice of coaching. The coach enables program participants and alumni to deepen their learning, expand their thinking, and move toward action on agreed-upon goals.

How does the OL coaching process work?
Coaching occurs through a series of scheduled conversations focused on the continued growth and development of program participants and alumni. These conversations allow the individual to examine deeply held assumptions about one’s personal and professional experiences, increase clarity around strengths and potential for growth, and imagine new and/or different possibilities for moving forward in leading within academic contexts. Our coaching process in the Center for Organizational Leadership is informed by the concepts explored in our leadership development programs, providing participants and alumni with the opportunity to further explore their unique leadership experiences and goals.

What coaching is NOT?
Coaching is not mentoring, consulting, or therapy. Unlike mentoring that focuses on transferring knowledge and best practices from expert to mentee, coaching focuses on the individual’s own knowledge, creativity, and resourcefulness. Unlike consulting that focuses on having an expert design and implement solutions for problems, coaching places ownership and accountability on the individual. Unlike therapy that focuses on the past, coaching conversations tend to focus more on the future. Whereas therapy can be likened to “pulling weeds,” coaching can be likened to “planting a garden” (Annalise Matulewicz, 2019).

What about confidentiality?
Consistent with the International Coaching Federation’s code of ethics, our staff maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality. You can read more about ICF’s code of ethics here: https://coachfederation.org/code-of-ethics.

For more information about OL’s coaching services, contact:
Christine Goldthwaite, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership