Academic Leaders Start Here
By Arjun Dutta, PhD, Dean of the School of Pharmacy
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 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (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 styles 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 projects concerning current issues in pharmacy education
- individualized plans for additional, mentoring, development, and application of knowledge gained from the four sessions at one’s home institution
- all sessions are interactive and application based.
[Editor’s note: Dean Dutta recently completed service as the Dean mentor for this program.]