The current cohort of Sigma Academies began in January 2020. We anticipate the call for applications for the 2022 Academies will take place in the third quarter of 2021. Please complete the academy interest form to receive updates on the next cohort.  

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 an academy mentor to guide them through their leadership development and project planning, development, and implementation processes.

  • Scholars have the opportunity to activity participate in a 2 ½ day intensive event during the academy led by leaders and education experts from academe and clinical practice. Scholars will have the option to attend the intensive event in-person (in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA) or virtually.

  • Communicate monthly, at a minimum, with academy mentor.

  • Attend monthly webinar/educational presentations for the New Academic Leadership Academy.
  • Complete all knowledge checks and/or assignments associated with each monthly topic presentation.

  • Design, manage, and implement a team driven leadership project which meets the project criteria.

  • Disseminate project outcomes, sustainability, and/or improved leadership skills and acumen, related to the New Academic Leadership Academy experience.