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Leadership and Management Academy


The Academy is designed to foster optimal leadership development and management skills and constructive conflict management and relationship building strategies across health care disciplines. The Academy will offer innovative teaching tools to enhance skills related to managing a variety of academic aspects. The Academy courses will be available to preceptors, clinical educators, and non-NSU faculty who also seek to advance their professional development in these areas.


The Leadership and Management Academy provides innovative education for the development of visionary leaders and creative managers to support academic excellence among college department administrators and faculty. The Leadership and Management Academy will provide opportunities for leaders within the College to be well recognized by the community for their academic quality and integrity in alignment with the vision of Nova Southeastern University.


  • Apply key leadership, management, conflict, and ethical theories and philosophies to case studies in academia
  • Compare and contrast current literature and evidence related organizational models of leadership, management, and conflict resolution in health professions educational programs
  • Examine the multiple systems and processes necessary for effective operations management and academic institution accreditation; faculty roles for reappointment, continuing contract, and promotion; and academic and student affairs within institutions of higher education
  • Analyze employee and student supervision situations to create effective, collaborative, and constructive solutions from management and leadership perspectives
  • Support the core values of Nova Southeastern University in the areas of innovation, opportunity, and academic excellence

 The Academy offers two courses:

  • Leadership and Management Advancement
  • Conflict Prevention and Management

Contact Information

Robert McCalla, MSL
Professional Development Manager
Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences
Phone: 954-262-1378

The PCHCS Leadership and Management course consists of four learning modules developed to promote optimal leadership and management skills through innovative teaching/learning strategies. This course offers both on-campus and online components within one course, with the integration of active learning experiences through case-based and participatory strategies. Each module is facilitated by an instructor who is a content expert, which includes community instructors from a variety of professions. Academy participants will present an aspect of their leadership plans or a case study to an audience at the end of the eight-week period.


  • Describe the multiple NSU systems and processes that are necessary to navigate for effective management
  • Apply key leadership theories and philosophies to academic roles
  • Analyze employee and student supervision situations and identify effective solutions from management and leadership perspectives
  • Apply ethical approaches to management challenges
  • Describe College and departmental strategic planning processes
  • Develop leadership and management plans for academic role success
  • Explore current literature and evidence related to leadership and management
  • Support the core values of Nova Southeastern University in the areas of innovation, opportunity, and academic excellence

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The Conflict Prevention and Management course provides health care professionals and staff with the skills to recognize, prevent, and address conflict constructively and to problem-solve collaboratively. The course offers communication, conflict analysis, and conflict resolution skills in a practice-based approach for administrators, faculty, and staff.

The course is offered in two separate parts. Part 1 is for administrators, faculty, and staff who desire to learn the basics of conflict prevention and management. The content of part 1 will include understanding and recognizing conflict styles, applying effective communication skills, and analyzing the appropriate dispute resolution approach for specific conflict situations.

Part 2 is for administrators, faculty, and staff who already have a basic knowledge of conflict prevention and management and seek to gain practice in the conflict resolution methods of negotiation, coaching, mediation, and arbitration.


  • Identify each of the five conflict styles in different settings and preferred styles of self and other(s)
  • Describe effective communication processes and give original examples of reflective listening, assertion messages, framing, and reframing.
  • Recognize conflict and explain how it arises and escalates
  • Identify communication barriers and high-risk responses
  • Differentiate effective and constructive communication within the consideration of contextual influences
  • Apply communication skills of attending, following, and reflective listening, including assertion statements
  • Incorporate effective listening and communication strategies with students, colleagues, administration, and others in academic settings
  • Assess the influence of gender, culture, power, and relationships in conflict situations
  • Compare how meaning is developed through positive and negative frames in conflict situations
  • Propose positive frames that shift the perception of conflict situations towards constructive outcomes
  • Define parameters of hostility and initiate change in behavior to defuse anger
  • Apply the five styles of conflict management to affect a constructive approach to conflict in scenarios involving students, colleagues, administration, and others in academic settings
  • Analyze student advising/supervision situations and the strategies needed to successfully manage those opportunities
  • Value collaboration/collegiality as attributes important to functioning within the academic setting
  • Integrate and emulate professional and institutional core values (e.g., altruism, accountability, integrity) in all aspects of academic interactions

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