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BlazeAcademy LOGOBlaze Leadership Academy is our flagship program for high potential faculty and staff. Designed to support leaders who wish to grow and contribute more to UAB, the program includes developmental assessments, opportunities to build relationships with colleagues across UAB, and learning experiences centered around UAB Shared Values and Leadership Expectations.


Program is designed for functional managers and directors, people who manage faculty and staff, Department Chairs and Department Heads.

NOMINATION PROCESS Nominations for the 2021-2022 class are July 6th - July 30th. 
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 30.

Nominee will receive a link to a survey application that must be completed within two 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 his or her current role.
  • Potential: Candidate is seen as someone who will continue to advance at UAB, and has demonstrated a commitment to growth and development opportunities.
  • Collaborative Role: Candidate's broader exposure to UAB would enable him or her to be more effective.

Program Dates/Times – Most sessions are from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, Medical Towers (Room 419-A)

October 4th, October 8th, November 12th, December 10th, January 14th, February 11th, March 11th, April 8th

Participants must be able to commit to all sessions. In addition to scheduled sessions, participants will meet with their small groups monthly between sessions. Other support for participants includes: two coaching sessions, assessments, discussion board, pre/post work, and group presentation.

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