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Samir Kelada, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, has been accepted into the ACCLAIM program for 2019-2020.

This is a year-long cross-disciplinary leadership program for faculty 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 program kicks off in September with a three-day retreat.