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.

Past Classes

Scope and Focus

The program is available to new and established UT GSM faculty who plan a career devoted to academic medicine.


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 Academic Leadership Academy course series already implemented at UTGSM. In addition, four workshops of 4 hours each (with CME) will be specific to the Academic Leadership Academy. 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. 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 2023


Interactive Workshop Sessions

July 15, 2023

Recordings from the Workshop
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Opening remarks: Perspectives on Academic Leadership and Faculty Development

Drs. Carlson, Craft, Wilson

The Organizational Relationships in Academic Medical Centers

Dr. Craft

Change: A Construct for Faculty Development

Dr. Carlson

Instructions for research project

Drs. Carlson, Craft, Wilson

The Enneagram: Implications for Faculty Development Dr. Carlson

October 7, 2023

Recordings from the Workshop
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Leadership styles/situational leadership

Dr. Carlson

Resources within the Graduate School of Medicine (Admin, Research)

Amy Paganelli, Dr. Craft

Research Project Presentations


Vanay Prasad’s 12 tips for perfect happiness in medicine Point/Counterpoint-what is Wellness?

Dr. Carlson

January 20, 2024

Lifelong Learning-A Construct of Faculty Development

Dr. Carlson

The Science and Art of Negotiation

Dr. Chuck Noon

The Social Order in Academic Medicine

Dr. Wilson

Overview of the Lencioni survey

Dr. Carlson

April 27, 2024

Pathways to national recognition

Dr. Carlson

Research Project Presentations


The leader’s role in modeling appropriate boundaries and creating a safe workplace: lessons from the #MeToo Movement and beyond

Dr. Norwood

Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Claudette Shepard



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.

The focus of this accredited education is non-clinical. The topics include attaining new skills in leadership, teaching, communication, and scholarly research. Therefore, disclosures from speakers and planners are not required.

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