Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP)

The 2018 cohort has been selected. Learn more about them from the AACN Press Release.
The purpose of the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) is to enhance the executive leadership skills of:
  • Individuals in administrative and leadership positions who aspire to lead the nursing academic unit.

  • Individuals serving as chief academic administrators of nursing schools offering baccalaureate or graduate degrees who are new to the role (e.g., within three years).

LANP is designed for those who have experience in academic administration and aspire to more senior administrative positions within the nursing academic unit. LANP is not intended to prepare junior faculty for positions of higher responsibility. The year-long program provides participants with a focused assessment experience, a range of content and exercises related to successful executive leadership, and the opportunity to establish a peer network that fosters long-term partnerships and collegial support.

2018 Program Dates: July 29-August 2, 2018 
Location: Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center, Chaska, MN
Application Deadline: Closed March 9, 2018
Fellowship Cost: $3,295

Stay tuned for 2019 program dates and location!

The fee includes four nights lodging (private room and bath), all meals during the conference, morning and afternoon breaks, and all conference services and materials, including assessment instruments. For those who require additional nights, they will be arranged on an individual basis at the expense of the individual. Substitution of hotels by fellows is not permitted. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the conference center. Further information about the conference and location will be sent to selected fellows, and payment will be due shortly after selection.

Watch a clip from an informative webinar for an overview of LANP and how to apply for the 2018 program. To watch the full webinar, register online here.


The development of high-level leadership skills in faculty and administrators in schools of nursing is vital to the success of the baccalaureate and graduate nursing enterprise given the complex challenge s being faced by these organizations. Individuals in leadership roles at schools of nursing are challenged by an array of complex issues including:

  • Financial constraints faced by higher education 
  • The need to develop effective partnerships with the practice environment to assure the development of training opportunities and appropriately educated professional nurses
  • The need for strategies to recruit diverse student populations to the field 
  • The need to partner with multiple players to meet these challenges 

Moreover, there is growing awareness that the aging of the nursing profession also is reflected in the demographics of those individuals who are administering academic nursing programs.

Program Features

LANP features an intensive 5-day summer seminar, focused assessment activities, facilitation of a mentorship experience, opportunities for follow-up with seminar faculty, and the sharing of ideas and resources among fellows. The program focuses on key leadership competencies needed in complex nursing education and healthcare environments. LANP is devoted to general executive leader development. Note that fiscal and academic issues, while discussed and used as examples, are not the primary focus. Previous Fellows have evaluated the content very highly, calling it “life changing”. Seminar topics include the following: 

Introduction of the Key Vision and Framework for a Strategic Intervention on Leadership:

  • Theories of leadership
  • Relating theory to strategic actions 
  • Evidence for validation 
  • Value of a full range assessment and intervention 
  • Review and evaluation of the strategic assessment 

From the Broad to the Specific: 

  • Strategic assessment of the individual – possibilities for growth and change 
  • Peer learning and feedback mechanisms 
  • Case studies for change 
  • Creating personal models for strategic growth and change 

Targeted Cultural Change: 

  • Linking the individual’s assessment to the organizational culture 
  • Developing plans for intervention 
  • Establishing long-term networks 
  • Change and conflict 
  • Evaluation and redesign 3 

The purpose of the mentorship portion of the program is the development of a long-term partnership that will enhance the fellow’s leadership capabilities through shared growth and development. The ideal mentor is one that meets the fellow’s ideological perspective and professional development needs. Mentors may be deans or other senior academic leaders. Selected fellows will be expected to identify an individual who will be able to serve as their mentor; however, applicants are not required to have identified a mentor before the start of the program. More information on the mentoring relationship will be discussed during the seminar.

Eligibility & Requirements

LANP is competitive, resulting in a select group of leadership fellows. Applicants must be nurse educators employed at AACN member institutions, meet the eligibility criteria, and provide evidence of institutional support for this program. Specific eligibility requirements:

  • Educational preparation and licensure in nursing 
  • Faculty or administrative appointment in a school of nursing 
  • Progressive experience in academic administrative roles and positions  
  • Professional goals congruent with the aims of the fellowship program 

 Applicants selected to participate in LANP will be expected to:  

  • Complete all the self-assessment processes prior to the seminar (360 degree review, etc.) 
  • Attend the entire 5-day seminar
  • Identify a personal mentor and be actively involved in a mentoring experience  
  • Participate in group discussions during the fellowship year via AACN’s Online Community - AACN Connect  
  • Commit to developing personal and professional skills to assume the role of chief academic administrator of a school of nursing 

Priority is given to individuals seeking leadership development in order to transition into the role of dean/director, or who have the potential for long-term commitment to the role of a chief academic administrator of a nursing program. Second priority is given to individuals who have three years or less experience in the role of dean/director. Selected fellows will be expected to attend the entire conference and participate in all educational and evaluation activities.

Call for Applications

View call for application for planning purposes.

Application Deadline: Closed March 9, 2018
Fellowship Cost: $3,295
Program Dates: July 29-August 2, 2018 
Program Location: Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center, Chaska, MN

The next call for applications will launch winter 2018. 

LANP Alumni

Each year since 2002, a cohort of 40 Fellows has engaged in professional development activities, including an assessment of current leadership style and skills, mentoring opportunities with an experienced dean, and work to accomplish identified goals. Representing a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills, the AACN Fellows have developed the necessary tools to be leaders in the academic nursing world.

 2017 Fellows   2009 Fellows 
 2016 Fellows   2008 Fellows
 2015 Fellows          2007 Fellows
 2014 Fellows   2006 Fellows 
 2013 Fellows   2005 Fellows
 2012 Fellows   2004 Fellows
 2011 Fellows   2003 Fellows
 2010 Fellows   2002 Fellows