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The AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program was developed in response to the stated needs of our members. Academic pharmacy has been fortunate in that leaders have risen from our colleges and schools throughout our history to address and solve the many challenges facing academic pharmacy. The program is designed to develop the nation’s most promising pharmacy faculty for roles as future leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education. Fellows commence their leadership path with a new understanding of personal potential, talent and leadership strengths along with skills and management tools to more successfully engage in their responsibilities and step up to challenges.

The Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP) is a year-long experience with four intensive sessions in residence spread throughout the year. This experience is supported by an ongoing informal program of mentoring and introduction to leadership roles at the home institution. The four-session program includes in-depth leadership development; team building, exploration of legislative and public policy issues critical to pharmaceutical and higher education; and self and peer assessments. In addition to the four sessions in residence, Fellows participate in a collaborative group project. The program overall covers personal and interpersonal competencies for leadership, practical management responsibilities and administrative competencies of an academic pharmacy administrator, as well as leadership in the external arena of advocacy and the profession. Fellows convene during August for the first session (five days) at a conference facility located near the Washington, D.C. metro area. The second session is held in Washington, D.C. in late fall and the third session is conducted in conjunction with the AACP Interim Meeting (February/March). Fellows are active participants in the AACP Annual Meeting (July), present on their group projects in a special session and end their Fellows year with a special commencement celebration.

Deans who nominate a member of their faculty to participate in the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program take an important step in developing a promising leader who will be prepared to make significant contributions to academic pharmacy and their home institution. Nominating deans invest both financial and personnel resources in the program. The Dean makes a personal commitment to ensure the program is successful for the nominee by serving as and/or designating a mentor for the Fellow, assisting her/him in discovering and developing individual leadership/management potential and a perspective of academic leadership at the college/campus level. The financial obligation to the institution includes program tuition of $7,000 due at the time of acceptance as well as support for the Fellow's travel, lodging and meals (estimated at $5,000-$7,000 over the year).

The sponsoring institution gains enhanced visibility both on campus and nationally, and opportunities for building and strengthening alliances with the parent institution, other pharmacy colleges and schools, and local communities, businesses and healthcare industry leaders.

2014-15 Academic Leadership Fellows and Facilitators

2013-2014 Academic Leadership Fellows Program Brochure

ALFP Information and Program Requirements

ALFP Application Instructions


2014-2015 ALFP Calendar

  • Dean Mentor Orientation: Session at the Jul. 26-30, 2014, AACP Annual Meeting, Grapevine, TX
  • Session I: Sept. 15-19, 2014, Warrenton, VA
  • Session II: Nov. 9-12, 2014, Alexandria, VA
  • Session III: Feb. 5-10, 2015, Overlapping with AACP Interim Meeting, Austin, TX
  • Session IV: July 11-15, 2015, Concurrent with AACP Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD

 Contact Information

John C. Ressler, Ed.D.
Director of Academic Programs and Professional Development
703-739-2330 ext. 1031

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