26 Faculty Graduate from Leadership in Academic Matters Program

December 6, 2023 by

LAM 2023 Fall Cohort Graduates

LAM 2023 fall cohort graduates and Jenny Knight, PhD (far right)

Congratulations to the graduates of the 36th Leadership in Academic Matters (LAM) fall 2023 program. The fall program began September 11, 2023, with a cohort of 26, represented by seven schools, 21 departments and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. Twelve weekly half-day sessions were conducted over the course of several months and were facilitated by experts in academic leadership. Meetings were held in a beautiful meeting barn and the main house on the Morven Farm property, a 2,913-acre estate just south of Charlottesville.

Faculty, across many disciplines, came together and engaged in learning opportunities focused on a variety of topics including managing change, building and managing teams, difficult conversations, developing successful networks, and finding work/life balance in a dynamic and growing career. For the final session on December 4, 2023, participants spent the morning learning and discussing the topic Refection, Insight, Action: Applying LAM in My Leadership. The session was led by Jennie Knight, PhD, Associate Vice President for Faculty Development, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. During this session the cohort reviewed the various dimensions of emotional intelligence to include self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness and relationship management. Participants synthesized what they have learned about themselves throughout the LAM sessions and through the various assessment tools. The cohort was encouraged to develop strategies for employing this knowledge. The session concluded with final thoughts and a lunch ceremony.

2023 Fall Cohort:

  • Aynne Kokas, PhD, Associate Professor of Media Studies, C.K. Yen Professor at the Miller Center, and Director of UVA’s East Asia Center
  • Justin H. Kirkland, PhD, Professor of Politics and Policy and Director of Graduate Studies
  • Nichole M. Flores, PhD, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Health, Ethics, and Society minor
  • Lucy Bassett, MA, Associate Professor of Practice in Public Policy
  • Aneel S. Chima, PhD, Associate Executive Director
  • Sheila Crane, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair
  • Mona Zebarjadi, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Jon F. Ihlefeld, PhD, Professor
  • Sarah M. Shalf, JD, Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Programs, and Director of Community Solutions Clinic
  • Lauren K. Dunn, MD, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Donald R. Griffin, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Monica G. Lawrence, MD, Associate Professor
  • Mariano A. Garcia-Blanco, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair
  • Ling Qi, PhD, Professor and Chair
  • Kathryn L. Xixis, MD, Assistant Professor
  • Carrie E. Sopata, MD, Associate Professor
  • Michael M. Hadeed, MD, Assistant Professor
  • Jeffrey W. Craig, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor
  • Jessica C. Copeland, Chief of Staff
  • Keith L. Keene, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences, Director, Center for Health Equity and Precision Public Health and Resident Faculty, Center for Public Health Genomics
  • Thomas Jason Druzgal, MD, PhD, Professor
  • Ourania Preventza, MD, MBA, Professor of Surgery, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Co-Director of the Heart and Vascular Service Line
  • Charles B. Gillock, MD, Assistant Professor
  • Sara C. Hallowell, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, CNL, Associate Professor and BSN Program Director
  • Ivora D. Hinton, PhD, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Meghan K. Mattos, PhD, RN, CNL, Assistant Professor

LAM is a faculty development opportunity focused on supporting, inspiring, and rewarding those who, in these myriad roles, have demonstrated leadership characteristics and future potential. This program began in 2004 when Sharon Hostler, MD, first came on board to manage faculty development efforts in the School of Medicine. In 2009, when Dr. Hostler became the Vice Provost for Faculty Development for the entire University, the program was extended to faculty from all the schools at UVA.

Typically, we have a cohort of 30 faculty and administrators, half from UVA Health/SOM and half from across Grounds. Bringing faculty into the program from other schools has resulted in a much richer experience for both groups. Generally, the LAM program is held twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. To date, over 981 faculty and administrators have graduated from the LAM program. If you are a School of Medicine faculty member who is interested in participating in LAM, please discuss your interest with your department chair and send a note to Ashley Ayers to express your interest.

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