Date: Fri 4/17/2009

Location: School of Nursing @ 1701 University Boulevard, Auditorium Room G028

Organizers: Drs Nefertiti Harmon Durant & David B. Allison


Many talented academicians/scientists struggle to balance the achievement of goals in research and academia with climbing the ladder of leadership. For many new faculty members climbing the ladder to leader occurs concurrently with climbing the ladder to academic/research success. However, leadership roles can present challenges to productive scholarship.

This program is designed to introduce strategies to balance leadership attainment with scholarly productivity. Questions to be answered will include: "When is it optimal to begin taking on leadership roles;" "How do I balance the pursuit of leadership with the pursuit of success in academia and research?"

Audience: All Faculty & Fellows in UAB's SOPH, all CNRU members, and all Obesity T32 fellows.

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Open Morning SessionVideoInvitation-only Afternoon Session
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Journey to Academic Leadership
   - Joan Y. Reede MD MPH MS
Watch Video 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Lunch with Round Table Discussion 
10:15 – 11:15 AM
Journey from Bench to Scientific Leadership
   -Alfred C. Johnson PhD
Watch Video

Brought to you by UAB's

  • Clinical Nutrition Research Center
    Department of Nutrition Sciences,
    School of Health Professions
  • Section on Statistical Genetics
    Department of Biostatistics,
    School of Public Health
  • UAB's School of Public Health


Alfred C. Johnson, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Research Services

Alfred C.Dr. Johnson serves as the Director of the NIH Office of Research Services (ORS) on and is a member of the Senior Executive Service of The United States of America. As the Director of ORS, he advises the NIH Deputy Director for Management and other NIH senior staff on the management and delivery of technical and administrative services in support of the NIH research mission. He manages a budget of approximately $250 million to deliver programs and services. Prior to his appointment, he was an Assistant Director in the National Institutes of Health Office of Intramural Research was an Investigator in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the National Cancer Institute. As a researcher in the molecular biology of the cancer arena for more than 20 years, Dr. Johnson has trained numerous students and postdoctoral fellows.

Joan Y. Reede, MD MPH MS

Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership

Joan Y.Appointed as the first Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership in January 2002, Joan Y. Reede is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention and advancement of underrepresented minority faculty at Harvard Medical School. The impact of Dr. Reede's work is reflected in the numerous programs she has created to benefit minority students, residents, scientists, and physicians. Over the past dozen years, Dr. Reede has created and developed 16 programs at HMS that aim to address pipeline and leadership issues for minorities and women who are interested in careers in medicine, academic and scientific research, and the healthcare professions. Dr. Reede holds the appointments of associate professor of medicine at HMS, associate professor of society, human development and health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and assistant in health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. On the national level, Dr. Reede was appointed to the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health by Donna E. Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dr. Reede currently serves on the Secretary's Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health and on the Sullivan Alliance to Transform America's Health Professions.