Leadership Development

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Leadership development has been a cornerstone of AACN’s programs and services since the association’s inception nearly 50 years ago. 

AACN LEADS Logo with text transforming academic nursing leadership

To ensure that all AACN members have access to enrichment experiences tailored to their needs, AACN has launched AACN LEADS.  

Designed to provide a variety of learning opportunities to all individuals along the leadership continuum, from novice faculty to seasoned administrator, AACN LEADS introduces a portfolio of programs for new, early career, and experienced deans, associate deans, program directors, and faculty. AACN uses the acronym LEADS to intentionally match specific levels of programming with the audiences served: 

LEADS Acronym logo spelled out - L is Leveraging Your Potential: For Faculty, E is for Elevating Your Influence: For Aspiring Deans and Faculty in Leadership Roles, A is for Advancing Your Impact: For New Deans, D is for Determining the Future: For Early Career Deans, and S is for Seizing Opportunity: For Experienced Deans

Though several existing programs are being reconceptualized to meet contemporary leadership development needs – including the Executive Development Series and the Summer Seminar – there are several new programs currently taking shape under the banner of AACN LEADS.


If you have questions about any of AACN's leadership programs, please contact Cynthia Leaver, AACN Director of Academic Nursing Development at cleaver@aacnnursing.org.

Programs Under AACN LEADS

Aspiring Deans & Faculty Program

Designed for aspiring deans and faculty in leadership roles. This 12-month program kicks off with a week-long residency program tailored to meet the development needs of those wishing to advance to the next level of organizational leadership.

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New Deans Program

Geared toward new and transitioning deans, Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans, provides an intensive 13-month experience led by the Center for Creative Leadership.

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Senior Academic Leaders Program

The AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program is a world-class enrichment program for seasoned academic nursing leaders. This program addresses issues related to managing and leading change, influencing and galvanizing a diverse set of stakeholders, and building enterprising relationships .

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Leadership Education Modules

AACN is producing educational modules focused on leadership development, which can be accessed on demand. Each module will spotlight insights and lessons learned from recognized academic nursing leaders.

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