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BlazeAcademy LOGOBlaze Leadership Academy is UAB's flagship leadership academy for high-potential faculty and staff. The program aims to develop leaders who desire to grow and contribute more to UAB. The Blaze experience develops foundational skills and new mindsets to lead and manage effectively in a complex, changing environment. The program includes developmental assessments, opportunities to develop relationships with colleagues across UAB, and content centered on UAB Shared Values and Leadership Expectations.


Participants are experienced Department Heads, Department Chairs, and functional managers and Directors who manage faculty and staff who have been at UAB for at least one year.

NOMINATION PROCESS Nominations for the 2022-2023 class will begin in July. 
Candidates are nominated by their senior leader (VP or Dean). If you have suggestions for a nominee in your school/unit, please let your Dean or VP know. Senior leaders will provide their nominations to Susan Coan by July 22.

Nominees will receive a link to a survey application that must be completed within three weeks of receipt. Applicants will be reviewed by a selection committee using the following criteria:

  • Experience: Candidate manages a team or a major program, and has been at UAB for at least one year.
  • Capability: Candidate performs exceptionally well in their current role.
  • Potential: Candidate is seen as someone who will continue to advance at UAB, and has demonstrated a commitment to growth and development.
  • Collaborative Role: Candidate's broader exposure to UAB would enable them to be more effective.

Program Dates/Times – Most sessions are from 8:30 am  - 3:00 pm, Medical Towers (Room 419-A)

October 4th, October 14th, November 11th, December 9th, January 13th, February 10th, March 10th, April: TBD

Participants must be able to commit to all sessions. In addition to scheduled sessions, participants will have an opportunity for coaching and work with small groups.

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Congratulations Blaze Leadership Academy Alumni 2021-22!



For more information about the Blaze Leadership Academy, contact Learning and Development; Executive Director, Susan Coan at 205-934-6257 or email