BSD Senior Leadership Academy

The Biological Sciences Division has established a Senior Leadership Academy for senior faculty leaders ready to commit to a 9-month course dedicated to advancing professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s complex academic, research and health care environment. The goal of this program is to equip senior faculty leaders including chairs and section chiefs with the knowledge, tools and resources to lead within our departments and division over the coming years. Faculty will complete an institutional project as part of the course. Sessions are facilitated by both UChicago Booth School of Business instructors and Executive Leaders across the University. The cohort is limited to 20-25 senior faculty. 

Session Topics:

Developing authentic leadership Institutional climate and culture
Conflict management & performance management Change management
CFO forum: University, UCM, and BSD finances Best practices for strategic planning
Faculty Recruitment strategies Contracts, accountable care and new reimbursement models
School of Medicine finances & balancing the tripartite mission


When & Where

The 2023-2024 cycle has been postponed. The call for applications for the 2024-2025 cohort will go out in Spring 2024. Monthly sessions start in October through June from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. (including dinner). Final project presentations take place during the last session in June. 

Who is eligible to apply?


  • Current BSD faculty leaders including Chairs, Section Chiefs, Vice Chairs and senior departmental, educational, clinical, or research leaders.
  • Emerging leaders at the rank of Associate or full Professor nominated by their department chair as being poised to take on a greater leadership role within the department or BSD.
  • We welcome applications from a diverse group of senior faculty, in particular women and those from underrepresented backgrounds.
2021 SLA Graduates

View the recent 2021 graduates

2020 SLA Graduates

Application Requirements:

Candidates are selected based on their application and commitment to participate in at least 7 of the 9 monthly sessions. Complete the application form below and upload the following documents:

  • CV or Biosketch
  • Summary of your leadership goals and aspirations (150 word max)
  • Letter of recommendation from your Department Chair, Section Chief, or other Institutional Leader (Chairs are exempt from this requirement)