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What is ACCLAIM?

The Academic Career Leadership Academy in Medicine (ACCLAIM), developed by Drs. Amelia Drake and Paul Godley in collaboration with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is a cross-disciplinary leadership program for faculty.  The program aims to address concerns that leadership development opportunities for female and under-represented minority (URM) faculty have been previously limited.

The Academic Career Leadership Academy in Medicine (ACCLAIM) is a one-year program that utilizes a multi-faceted approach for leadership development, including a retreat facilitated by leadership experts and standard leadership development tools, followed by executive coaching sessions and interactive weekly presentations by experienced leaders, whose backgrounds span both academia and the private sector. Using these components in a cohort model establishes a collaborative learning environment with extensive knowledge sharing across the broad range of departments represented by the participants.

The ACCLAIM program’s method of leadership development differentiates leadership from the positional use of authority and supports “leadership at all levels.” The model emphasizes leadership that requires critical thinking through suspending mental models, and engaging in dialogue and learning by stakeholders.

The ACCLAIM program includes:

  • Leadership and management development training
  • Enhanced strategic thinking, problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Mentoring toward tenure and promotion
  • Academic strategic career counseling
  • Networking opportunities
  • Intensive three-day retreat focusing on personal leadership strategies
  • Year-long mentored administrative project within Dean’s Office of Health Care System

Who is eligible to participate in ACCLAIM?

Faculty from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Eligible nominees will:

  • be Assistant or Associate professors (no less than 3 years in rank at Assistant, or no more than 3 years in rank at Associate) from tenured and fixed-term faculty tracks
  • demonstrate interest in, and potential for leadership
  • be able to devote 15% time to academy activities for one year

ACCLAIM scholars are expected to commit to attend all of the sessions, which go from September until May, taking place in the Dean’s Suite from 2:30 – 4:30 pm on Wednesdays.

Over the past 7 years, scholars have represented each of the 29 departments in the School of Medicine.

Nomination Instructions & Timeline

Please indicate future interest with your department chair, who will send all nominations to our office in the Spring of each year. Nominations should include the faculty’s first and last name, department, and email.

Contact Dr. Amelia F. Drake at with questions.