Post Graduate Certificate: Academic Leadership in D.C.

Program Description

This Certificate will provide training for women in leadership, contemporary issues in higher education, interpersonal dynamics, ethics, and institutional advancement and governance. Graduates from the Post Graduate Academic Leadership program at our Washington, D.C. campus will be able to assume leadership positions in higher education, up to and including the level of President. The Certificate program is led by a team of experts with proven knowledge and leadership in senior administration at Historically Black Colleges and University’s (HBCUs), multicultural education, academic programming in leadership, and gender psychology.

This post-graduate program will be presented in a unique online format tailored to the needs of busy academic professionals. Coursework will be offered primarily online, with face-to-face residencies in Washington, D.C. Students will work with assigned faculty coaches to assess their leadership style to identify strengths and personal learning goals. Students will identify and outline an Action Learning Project to be used as the mandatory Capstone Experience.  

Initial funding for the Certificate has been provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and offers full scholarships to eligible participants. The purpose of this program is to increase the pool of women, especially women of color, in the STEM disciplines who are well prepared in the science of academic leadership for leadership roles in STEM and other institutional roles at HBCUs.




Total Credits


Fieldwork Requirements

Program Time to Completion

1 year
  • A doctoral level degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • N/A
  • Employment at Academic Institution as tenured or tenure-track faculty or administrative leader.
  • Scholarship applicants must be female.
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Overview of the Landscape and Future Trends in Academia

(Co-requisite AL500) This course, using required readings and case studies, focuses on STEM disciplines within the context of HBCUs.  Each student will research and compile a two hour workshop on one of the topics below, to be presented at the Introductory five day immersion seminar described above.  Following the presentations, students will design their own development plan and capstone activity, based on preliminary feedback collected from their supervisor.

Influencing and Negotiating Your Way to High Visibility and Achievement

This course covers specific skills needed by women of color to build a leadership career in academia.  It focuses on specific strategies necessary for overcoming competition and obstacles.

Curriculum Design for Twenty First Century Students

This is a nuts and bolts course regarding program development, accreditation and curriculum design.  Readings will include the state of the art, best practices research in this area, including the use of technology, online vs. on-ground platforms, etc.  Topics include changing student demographics and needs as well as teacher demands  in terms of technology and instructional design.

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