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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 Sara Spear.

Program Topics

  • Complexities of the academic health landscape
  • Principles and pragmatics of leadership communication
  • Promotion, tenure, and evaluation 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
  • Mentoring and coaching

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, crisis, and culture through the use of various diagnostic tools and frameworks.
  • Build 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.
  • Design an capstone project proposal that addresses a significant area of need in their unit, department, school, or RBHS, using a collaborative and strategic planning process.
  • Through reflection, reinforce or refine beliefs and values related to one’s understanding and practice of leadership, and identity as a leader.

Program Information Session

The video below is a recording of our Information Session held during August 2020. After a brief overview of the program, we hear from two of our program alumni, Donna Feudo and Herminio Perez, about their experiences of the program.