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12 faculty sought for TLAS Leadership Development Series

In conjunction with the Office of Education & Faculty Affairs, the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLAS) team will offer a Leadership Development Series in the fall of 2023. We are seeking 12 faculty members from across the SMHS who are genuinely committed to educational scholarship, growth, and improving leadership skills and behaviors. Each applicant must be able to commit to five in-person sessions* at the SMHS; dates are listed below.

This series is designed to introduce new and emerging leaders to leadership behaviors that are necessary for building credibility, engaging team members, and taking ownership of their leadership journey. Participants will be able to assess their own leadership skills and abilities, build upon current behaviors, and lead toward positive change in their communication, effectiveness, teamwork, and productivity. Feedback from others and ongoing small group support will foster continuous improvement and accountability impacting a future of organizational change and ongoing health.

Content will be driven from the work of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, and more specifically the concept Leadership is Everyone’s Business®, which introduces research-based leadership practices and behaviors building the capacity to lead and influence others who may not have formal management responsibilities. Through the study of how thousands of ordinary men and women have led others to achieve the extraordinary, Kouzes and Posner have developed “The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership”®, which serve as the basis for this series. These practices are: Model The Way, Inspire A Shared Vision, Challenge The Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. Through behaviors related to each of these practices, emerging leaders drive results for their organization with accountability and influence skills.

Curricular materials will be provided by the Office of Education & Faculty Affairs. Those who complete the full series will receive a letter of commendation sent to their department chair/supervisor. This letter will recognize achievement and include clear language indicating the correlation of completion of the program to annual evaluations, and tenure and promotion regarding learning, teaching, professional development, and continuous improvement. Successful program participants will also receive a faculty development badge from TLAS in the area of leadership.

Schedule: The tentative schedule for the series includes five 90-minute sessions offered September through November. Each session will include reading and work outside of the scheduled time with a greater amount of work in October. Participants will work independently and in teams and are expected to continue the shared experience beyond with series.

  • Session One (Sept. 13, tentatively 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.): Leadership Development Series Welcome, Orienteering, and Model the Way
  • Session Two (Sept. 27, tentatively 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.): Revisiting Model the Way; Inspire A Shared Vision
  • Session Three (Oct. 25, tentatively 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.): Revisiting Inspire a Shared Vision; Challenge the Process
  • Session Four (Nov. 8, tentatively 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.): Revisiting Challenge the Process; Enable Others to Act
  • Session Five (Nov. 15, tentatively 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.): Revisiting Enable Others to Act; Encourage the Heart and Commitment

A final reflection will be due Dec. 1. More details will be provided.

How To Apply: Interested faculty should submit an MS-Word document expressing your interest and goals for applying to and participating in the program. Please also include a description of your scholarship interests/area of study and how this experience fits into your professional development interests. Please also include a letter of support from your department chair. Documents should be sent to Dr. Jeanie McHugo ( and Dr. Adrienne Salentiny ( by Aug 11. Again, please review the series dates alongside your calendar prior to application.

Facilitator Bio: Jeanie McHugo, Ph.D., PA-C, will facilitate the series. Dr. McHugo serves as professor in and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies. With nearly 20 years of teaching experience, Dr. McHugo’s educational focus began as a preceptor, later moving into academic and clinical faculty teaching. Her clinical experience includes urgent care/family medicine, general medicine with psychiatric emphasis, and clinical and surgical orthopedics. Working with patients, healthcare teams, students, faculty, clinical sites, administrators, and several professional and university committees, Dr. McHugo understands the importance of human skills and the value of genuine, authentic leadership, regardless of title or position. She has studied leadership for nearly 40 years and is an LPI® Coach and Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge®.

*This pilot program is open to in-person registrants only for the fall of 2023; we hope to expand to virtual offerings in future iterations.