The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

Academic Leadership Academy

A Certification Program offered by the UT Graduate School of Medicine

Certification Program Overview

Physicians undergo rigorous didactic and clinical education over many years in order to practice their specialties at a high level. However, academic physicians typically do not receive training in the art and science of adult learning theory and teaching, including instruction in leadership, mindsets, innovation, and adaptive challenges. Educational methods to most effectively impart this knowledge to future learners requires discipline-specific training and experience to develop this skill set to the fullest potential.

In addition, physicians often describe gaps in knowledge about basic academic processes such as grant writing, manuscript preparation, IRB submission, journal reviewing and various regulatory steps required to perform clinical, translational and basic science research. The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and the University of Tennessee Medical Center recognize the importance of garnering national and international recognition as a first-class academic medical institution. A coordinated and comprehensive Academic Leadership Academy will provide interested faculty the opportunity to obtain the necessary tools to advance their academic careers and the mission of both institutions.

Scope and Focus

The program will be available to new and established UT GSM faculty who plan a career devoted to academic medicine. The inaugural group of learners will be carefully selected from applicants.


A certificate will be given upon completion of the program.

The curriculum is divided into four main topics: Teaching/precepting, research and publications, academic career advancement, and academic leadership. Each of these main topics is divided into specific educational program plans that include two-hour CME sessions in the Educational Enhancement for Academic Physicians course series already implemented at UTGSM. In addition, four workshops of 4 hours each (with CME) will be specific to the Academic Leadership Certificate Program. Participants will be responsible for 2 independent projects, and will participate in one collaborative initiative with other learners in the Academic Leadership Academy.

Topics will be taught by experienced faculty and administrators from several departments. Many faculty on this campus have advanced teaching and faculty development training, as well as skills in specific topics listed above.

Expected Outcomes and Objectives

At the end of this yearlong program, learners will gain technical and adaptive skills to be able to:

Program Content and Agenda

Faculty Development Seminar Series 2022


Interactive Workshop Sessions


  • Perspectives on Academic Leadership and Faculty Development (Drs. Hauptman, Carlson, Wilson)
  • Leadership styles—situational leadership within our current culture (Dr. Hauptman, Dr. Neutens)
  • Fixed vs Growth Mindsets-Change: A Construct for Faculty Development (Dr. Carlson)
  • Brief discussion of collaborative projects

LUNCH TOPIC: Coaching: Immunity to Change (Dr. Carlson)

Session Objectives: By the end of this workshop, particpants will be able to:

    • Discuss leadership within GSM
    • Prepare project for presentation or publication
    • Compare and contrast fixed v/s growth mindsets and the impact on academic achievement


  • Leadership styles/situational leadership (Dr. Carlson)
  • Resources within the GSM (Dr. Hauptman, Paganelli)
  • Discussion of Research Projects/Guidance (Participants Dr. Heidel, Ferris)

LUNCH TOPIC: Vanay Prasad's 12 tips for perfect happiness in medicine Point/Counterpoint-What is Wellness? (Led by Dr. Carlson)

Session Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Employ a situational leadership approach to prepare for leadership positions within the academic system
    • Enumerate the resources within GSM to facilitate
    • Explain the economics of GSM



  • Lifelong Learning-A Construct of Faculty Development (Dr. Carlson)
  • The Science and Art of Negotiation (Dr. Noon)

LUNCH TOPIC: Overview of the Lencioni survey (Dr. Carlson)

Session Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Apply concepts of lifelong learning to durable faculty development
    • Employ key components of successful negotiation for career enhancement

October 15, 2022 Focus: NATIONAL RECOGNITION

  • Pathways to national recognition
  • The social order in academic medicine
  • Collaborative Projects Report

Session Objectives: By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Embark on pathways to national recognition
    • Identify targets for national presentations to share scholarly work
    • Articulate the social order in academic medicine


The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Education Credits

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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