Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Award: Drexel University

ELAM is a unique yearlong part-time leadership development program designed to increase the numbers of women faculty in senior leadership positions, as executives and change agents in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy.

Application to the program for the 2021–2022 fellowship year opens online (drexel.edu/elam) on November 1, 2020. Applications
are due by January 8, 2021. Nominations and recommendations are due by January 29, 2021.

ELAM is intended for senior women faculty at U.S. and Canadian academic health centers who have attained at least the rank of associate professor; have achieved significant administrative experience in personnel and budget matters, preferably both (e.g., as chair,
division chief); express a clear desire to attain a leadership position; embrace strategic risktaking in their career path; realistically assess their leadership opportunities, both internal and external; possess growth opportunities, either formal or informal, within their institution; and have an expressed commitment from their institution to support their formal or informal advancement and opportunities for increased responsibility in the immediate to five-year range.

Upon graduation from ELAM, fellows will be able to:
1. Use strategic approaches to financial and resource management that enhance the missions of their organizations.
2. Adapt their leadership behaviors to effectively address strategic, operational and relational challenges.
3. Lead and manage change initiatives within complex and dynamic academic organizations.
4. Collaborate with diverse team members to build a community of leadership practice that supports academic organizational leadership.

Application requirements:

  • Applicants must have held the rank of associate professor in an academic institution for at least two years, and have had administrative experience in personnel and budget management.
  • Applicants must be nominated by the dean of their institution, or the chief executive officer of their academic health center. If the nomination comes from the CEO, please provide a secondary nomination from the school of primary academic appointment. We strongly suggest that each applicant discuss her application and ideas or plans for an Institutional Action Project with her nominator before applying. Each school is limited to two applicants.
  • Applicants must have TWO (2) recommendations. One must come from a direct supervisor, and the other from a senior colleague (preferably from outside her home department). A nominator cannot also be a recommender. If the applicant’s direct supervisor is her nominating dean/CEO, then the applicant’s recommendations must come from two other individuals, one of whom, preferably, is senior to the applicant.
  • Applicants initiate the process of inviting nominators and recommenders to submit their materials as part of the online application. The system will generate an email invitation that will contain a unique link for nominators and recommenders to access the system. We encourage applicants to enter the system early in order to start an application and to invite nominators and recommenders. Applicants can save and exit the application after the invitation screen and return to complete it at a later time.
  • Note that those who are reapplying to ELAM must add a cover letter to the required CV with an update of accomplishments since the last application.
  • Nominations and recommendations are constructed as short essays to describe the candidate’s qualifications and institutional support for the candidate’s leadership development and engagement in organizational innovation. Essays may be initiated in the online system as soon as the invitation is received. All applications, including attachments for a current CV and published work, must be submitted online by January 8, 2021, midnight Eastern time. ELAM will send electronic notification when the application is complete.
  • Nominations and recommendations must be received by January 29, 2021, at midnight Eastern time.

A strong candidate application presents evidence for leadership potential. This includes:

  • Description of leadership experiences that have included strategic risk-taking.
  • A track record of formal and informal professional development, including mentoring and program participation outside her specialty field.
  • Rationale for seeking leadership roles and a realistic assessment of likely internal and external leadership opportunities over the five years following the fellowship program.
  • An idea or plan for an Institutional Action Project that expands leadership skills and institutional visibility.