October 2, 2017Dr. Caroline Boxmeyer, the College’s assistant dean for medical education, was selected to participate in Leadership U, a University of Alabama program that prepares faculty and staff in leadership positions to take on increasing levels of responsibility within their organizations. Boxmeyer is also a professor in the College’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and a practicing psychologist at University Medical Center, which the College operates. Leadership U is offered by the Office for Academic Affairs and serves all areas on campus. In addition to Boxmeyer, this year’s other participants come from Advancement, Financial Affairs, Intercollegiate Athletics, Student Life and Strategic Communications. The current program began in September and will run through August 2018. The class recently participated in a two-day professional development workshop designed to assess their personal strengths leaders and to help them hone interpersonal skills. They will meet with University leaders throughout the academic year to learn more about the University, its goals and mission and the leadership styles of UA’s top administration. Faculty participants also are part of the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Development Leadership Program, and they will visit LSU and Auburn for three-day workshops this year. For participants, the Leadership U curriculum seeks to: broaden their perspectives on how the vision and mission of UA is realized; enhance capacity for collaboration and relationship building; strengthen practical skills essential to effective leadership; and increase their sensitivity to the influence of culture in the academic setting.