Applications are open!

We are now accepting applications for Sigma Academies 2023-2024 Cohort. Please see the Before You Begin (Application Process) section below for a list of information you will need to provide.

The deadline to apply is 7 October 2022.


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Academy Purpose and Overview

This academy is specifically focused to enhance the leadership skills and career trajectory of those in their first 5 years of the academic appointment. Through the academy, participants will be given the tools and resources to develop new leadership skills and refine and bolster confidence in current skills.

Focused on leadership, the New Academic Leadership Academy offers an evidence-based curriculum specifically tailored to the essentials of leadership development for newer academics. For scholars, this includes a 2½ day intensive as well as monthly web-based learning activities which offer interactive opportunities for discussion, networking, and collaboration. The academy is driven by individual leadership progression and skill implementation through practice. 

The academy curriculum is mapped to the World Health Organization (WHO) Nurse Educator Core Competencies, the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) graduate competencies, and the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator® test blueprint.

The New Academic Leadership Academy is a 12-month mentored-leadership experience.

The goal of the academy is to provide participants with the skills and tools to be:

  • Competent academic nurse leaders who use effective communication in collaborative efforts that advance the institutional philosophy, mission, vision, and objectives
  • Knowledgeable leaders who strive to incorporate fundamental practices of leadership into interactions with colleagues
  • Culturally sensitive leaders who demonstrate integrity and values diversity in the institution and profession
  • Accountable leaders who solicit feedback on emerging leadership skills and use input to continuously improve performance
  • Responsible leaders who are conscientious of expectations associated with the Scholarship of Teaching, Scholarship of Discovery, and the Scholarship of Practice.

The New Academic Leadership Academy will focus on key areas of leadership development, including but not limited to: 

  • Leadership theory
  • Effective communication
  • Conflict management
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Art of reflection

“I am involved with [Sigma] to make a difference in nursing internationally. The strengths of [Sigma's Academy] are immeasurable. The mentoring, the faculty support, the support from [Sigma's] staff, to everyone involved, helped me find my voice in nursing”

Jennifer F. Embree, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CCNS

Scholars accepted into the New Academic Leadership Academy will:

  • Select a mentor who will guide them through their leadership development journey over the 12-month period (If needed, Sigma can assist in locating a mentor)
  • Communicate monthly, at a minimum, with their mentor
  • Attend one of the three offered Orientation meetings scheduled for the following dates:
    • 12 April 2023 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time
    • 12 April 2023 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    • 13 April 2023 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Actively participate in a 2 ½ day intensive event during the academy. This Intensive will be led by leaders and education experts from academe and clinical practice. Scholars will attend the intensive virtually. Intensive dates are scheduled for:
    • 11-13 May 2023 
  • Design a personal leadership development plan based upon leadership self-assessment findings with guidance from their mentor
  • Attend/participate in monthly webinar/educational presentations for Sigma Academies, as well as New Academic Leadership Academy per the Academy Schedule
  • Design, manage, and implement a team driven leadership project which meets the project criteria.
  • Disseminate improved leadership skills and acumen, related to the New Academic Leadership Academy experience at the Nurse Leaders Virtual Summit, scheduled for April 2024
  • Disseminate on project outcomes, process, sustainability, and/or personal leadership growth.