Call for Nominations: COM Leadership Development Program

2018 College of Medicine Leadership Development Program (LDP)

The COM Leadership Development Program (LDP) is now accepting applications the 2018 program.  The 2018 LDP is designed for College of Medicine faculty who are current leaders at the level of Division Chief or equivalent.   The program’s overall objective is to improve the leadership capability of program participants by focusing on key competencies. These competencies are categorized in four quadrants- Build Trust, Create and Communicate Vision, Generate Alignment, Cultivate Talent.

This program is facilitated by UF Training and Organizational Development, led by Dr. Robert Parks, and draws from two leadership development programs offered on an ongoing basis for UF leaders-the UF Academy and the UF Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professional program.   The LDP, however, is specifically tailored to the College of Medicine and is now in its 6th year.  Key leadership challenges will be presented as case studies and through selected readings.  Additional training in UF Administrative organization and policies will also be covered.  There is no cost to the participant for this program.

 Time Commitment.   The program will meet seven times in Gainesville over the course of 10 months in 2018, starting with an all-day commitment for the first session on Friday, January 19, 2018.  The remaining dates will be determined based on “best fit” for the selected participants and will be half-day sessions, with one evening commitment.  Those selected should plan to arrange schedules to permit attendance at all sessions.  The program outline is as follows (subject to adjustment):

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5 Session 6 Session 7
Kick-Off Session—Leadership Foundations Build Trust and Create and Communicate Vision



Create and Communicate Vision
Evening meeting to review “elevator speeches”
Professional Behavior/Difficult Conversations/Essentials of UF Administration Generate Alignment



Cultivate Talent



Conversation about Leadership
Meeting with key member(s) of College of Medicine/UF Health leadership
8 am. to 5 pm
January 19
 8 am to 12 noon
 5:30 to 8:30 pm
 4 hour session, including the UF Vice-Provost
 8 am to 12 noon June  8 am to 12 noon August  4:00 – 6:00 pm


We invite nominations or self-nominations that will be due by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 8, 2017.  A maximum of 25 faculty members will be selected.  Meeting locations and other details will be announced after the cohort is selected.

Please submit the following information electronically to:

  1. A letter of interest from the nominee indicating goals for personal career development and plans for future advancement. The letter should:
    a. Provide your name, rank, department, division and name of department chair
    b. Describe your current responsibilities, and number of faculty, trainees, and staff under your direction
    c. Address outcomes you would like to achieve as a result of participating in this program and
    d. Describe the last major professional growth you experienced, what caused it, and the impact it had for you and/or your work unit.
    e. Please also indicate that you are available for the full day of participation on Jan. 19, 2018.
  2. Current CV
  3. Letter (or email) from the Department Chair indicating support for participation, including guaranteed release time for the days and times of the sessions.