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New and Evolving Academic Leaders

Program Objective

This program involves participants developing their mindsets and capabilities to successfully lead their division, program, research, education or other academic unit and help enable the success of their academic teams.

Program Description

The New and Evolving Academic Leaders Program (NEAL): Excellence in Academic Health Science Leadership Advanced Certificate

Get the leadership training you need to succeed in academic health care

You are your leadership instrument! In the NEAL program, participants develop the mindsets and capabilities to successfully lead their division, program, research, education or other academic unit and help enable the success of their academic teams. Specifically, they become competent in the four practices of academic leadership: intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational and system.

The NEAL program is a scholarly endeavor. Applicants who are accepted to the program are given the opportunity to consent to participate in research related to program impact and outcomes.

Note to physician leaders: NEAL is a Canadian Society of Physician Leaders-approved leadership CPD activity required as part of the Academic Route for the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) designation.

Module 1: Getting Started
  1. Reflect on their strengths and gaps in academic leadership to set development goals
  2. Apply current frameworks for 21stcentury leadership to their work
  3. Describe how to utilize their style and communication to enable engagement
  4. Discuss the design and maintenance of high performing academic groups
  5. Explain the relevance of complexity for understanding leadership in academic health science/care settings
  6. Practice compelling communication techniques to move concepts and ideas forward
  7. Develop their initial strategy for enabling academic change and innovation
  8. Describe how to design effective decision-making processes
  9. Apply complexity informed strategies to enabling change and innovation
Module 2: Building Capacity and Momentum
  1. Examine diverse individual approaches to effective academic leadership
  2. Practice negotiation techniques to address academic health science system issues
  3. Develop strategies to navigate challenging conversations
  4. Describe approaches to promoting high performance and mediating conflict
  5. Apply a variety of reflective and Integrative Thinking™ strategies to resolve academic issues
  6. Recognize the power of diverse perspectives for solving organizational dilemmas
  7. Explore how foresight can help academic leaders prepare and pivot for opportunities and uncertainties
  8. Apply a strengths based and resilient approach to their leadership and ongoing development
  9. Describe principles to engage others to create momentum towards desired results
Module 3: Creating Resilience and Adaptability
  1. Identify ways to design your academic unit to support your strategy Develop vision and strategy skills for their academic unit
  2. Apply economic principles to academic resource management
  3. Design for an adaptable and resilient academic unit
  4. Discuss approaches to managing and supporting faculty and academic unit success
  5. Describe the leader’s role in facilitating the transitions that accompany academic innovation and change
  6. Discuss how to lead across differences
  7. Map the academic health care environment
  8. Identify strategies for leading across academic health system boundaries
  9. Reflect on the evolution of your own leadership to plan for continued growth and sustainability

Program Structure

Three 4-6 day modules (dependent on delivery format) over the course of one year with coaching and web-based distance learning in between.

Unique aspects of the program include:

  • Our faculty are award winning experts in their fields from business, health management, health sciences and the private sector
  • Engagement with colleagues from a diversity of academic contexts beyond your own
  • You will identify your strengths and blind-spots and develop your own authentic leadership style
  • The program has been designed to ensure workplace based learning and application
  • You will work on context relevant stretch goals and shared issues
  • You will receive individual coaching
  • You will have an opportunity to shadow an admired leader
  • Completion of the program will result in a University of Toronto certificate of added qualification

Meet our 2021-2022 Faculty

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Susan Lieff
Program Lead

Cate Creede
Associate Program Lead

Manpreet Saini
Education Program Coordinator, Special Projects

Registration Details

Prerequisites: Applicants must have been in a faculty position for at least 3 years and have academic leadership roles and/or responsibilities. Such leaders, (with or without formal institutional roles), are engaged in the academic mission of research, education or program development.

Who should register: Applications from both formal and informal leaders, nationally and internationally, with faculty appointments in Faculties of Medicine or Health Sciences.

Format: Currently virtual with intent to offer in-person

Upcoming Dates:
Module 1: September 27-30, 2021 and Oct 28-29, 2021
Module 2: January 17-20, 2022 and Feb 24-25, 2022
Each virtual module consists of ~ 6 hour days, which include breaks.
Module 3:

  • If the pandemic permits in person attendance, the dates will be May 9-12, 2022 in Toronto
  • If the pandemic prohibits in person attendance, Module 3 will be held virtually on the following dates: May 9-12, 2022 and June 7, 2022

Basic Sciences Tuition Rate*:
Early bird application rate – $10,050
Full application rate – $10,550

Standard Rate**:
Early bird application rate – $11,550
Full application rate – $12,050

* for those with a PhD in the following departments: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Immunology, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Medical Biophysics, Molecular Genetics, Nutritional Sciences, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology.

** for MDs and Other Faculty Members.

Register: Application deadlines for the 2022-2023 will be available in the late fall 2022. To be contacted once the dates have been released, please email

Certificate: Participants will receive an Advanced certificate that is issued by the University of Toronto, Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development Office upon successful completion of the program

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