Understanding Leadership at SPH

Leadership skills are needed for a broad array of faculty functions – from heading a research team to directing a cadre of teaching assistants to chairing committees at the level of the school, the university, statewide or nationally. The first step to obtaining a leadership position is, of course, to participate in committees and organizations. Emerging as a leader in these settings, however, requires both skills and reputation and many leadership positions require appointment by institutional or organizational officials.

Elected Leadership Positions

SPH Faculty Senate:

Election to and service on the SPH Faculty Senate enables faculty to increase their understanding of school governance and to participate in decision-making. Click here to see current membership.

BU Faculty Assembly:

Election to and service on the BU Faculty Assembly enhances connections throughout the University and involvement in broad faculty concerns.

SPH Organizational Chart

To understand the governance and leadership roles at the School, please see the organizational chart.

Enhancing Your Leadership Skills

To enhance leadership skills, faculty may participate in training available through the university’s Emerging Leaders Forum and the national Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program. Additional leadership programs and resources are described on the Association of American Medical Colleges website.

Emerging Leaders Forum

The Emerging Leaders Forum was designed by Boston University’s Office of Faculty Affairs to help junior faculty on the Medical Campus explore the characteristics of effective leaders. Faculty from the schools of Dental Medicine, Public Health and Medicine attend seminars and participate in workshops focusing on the critically important topic of leadership. As part of the program, participants are presented with a challenge that pertains specifically to our faculty and are asked to propose a means of addressing that challenge. While raising an awareness of what it takes to become a leader, the forum simultaneously gives participants an opportunity to practice those skills and develop a network of peers. Previous Powerpoint presentations are available.

Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM)

The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women is the only in-depth national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry, and public health to effect sustained positive change as institutional leaders. ELAM’s intensive one-year fellowship program of executive education, personal leadership assessments and coaching, and networking and mentoring activities supports ELAM Fellows as they

  • Develop a broader vision of their role within their academic health centers.
  • Enhance their leadership effectiveness, understanding of strategic finance, and ability to lead organizational change.
  • Become part of an active resource network of women leaders.

ELAM’s program develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s complex healthcare environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions.  Nearly 700 senior women leaders have participated in the program since 1995.  ELAM alumnae make up 25 percent of the executive positions in academic medicine and dentistry that are held by women.

ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Leadership Development Collection

The AAMC plans to launch through MedEdPORTAL a collection of resources focused on leadership development. The mission of this initiative is to encourage the exchange of peer-reviewed teaching and educational materials that support developing leaders and improve leadership development and organizational performance. This innovative new collection will:

  • Encourage the exchange of peer-reviewed leadership education materials.
  • Promote scholarship on the topic of leadership development in academic medicine and science.
  • Expand the portfolio of knowledge and skills needed to address leadership challenges in healthcare.
  • Improve leadership development training and advance organizational performance.

MedEdPORTAL will launch a call for submissions on leadership development. To learn more about this initiative, view featured publications, and nominate reviewers, please visit: https://www.mededportal.org/about/initiatives/leadership

Lists of Programs:

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Leadership Handbook:

The Successful Medical School Department Chair: A Guide to Good Institutional Practice

This manual is designed for medical school deans, teaching hospital CEOs, department chairs, search committees, and chair-candidates. This three-module publication series focuses on how to search for new leaders, what leadership competencies chairs need, and how to evaluate and sustain effective leaders.

Programs supporting FD:

  • Macy Faculty Scholars Program
    We are pleased to inform you of a new Macy Faculty Scholars Program to support faculty effort in developing innovative education programs that align with the changes in medical practice and health care delivery.  Five scholars will be selected for this program.  We encourage faculty committed to careers in health professional education to consider applying.  Each institution can nominate one applicant.
  • Harvard Macy Institute
    • Leading Innovation in Healthcare
      In this program, educational leaders develop their own action plans for leading and managing change to fulfill their institution’s educational mission.
    • Program for Educators in Health Sciences
      The goal of this program is to enhance the professional development of physicians, basic scientists and other healthcare professionals as educators.
    • Systems Approach to Assessment in Health Science Education
      This program is designed to help participants employ a system approach to the design and implementation of assessment strategies.