Compass Program for
Academic Advancement


The Compass Program for Academic Advancement is an online course that provides early and mid-career faculty with an understanding of the culture of higher education. The Compass Program presents a variety of skills faculty need for career advancement in many institutions—conducting educational research, writing grant applications, publishing articles and reports, and career planning—with the convenience and affordability of distance learning. Compass provides a bridge between AAL's teaching and learning programs and those programs designed to foster academic leadership.


The four live online sessions are recorded for those who miss the interactive discussions or want to view them again. Each of the four modules consists of a series of readings and an exercise for completion and posting to a discussion board, followed by a live, online session of 90 minutes. Assignments posted in the discussion board receive feedback from a Compass instructor and fellow participants.


The Compass Program provides health professions educators the opportunity to interact with colleagues from all disciplines, including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, allied health, public health, and veterinary medicine. The design of this program provides opportunities for participants to collaborate across disciplinary lines, and promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences to help improve interprofessional education and cooperation.


Group discounts are available for 3 or more faculty attending from the same institution, and AAL alumni receive a discount as well. For details, please CONTACT US.



"This program is very rich in content and is beneficial for both entry/junior level and mid-career faculty. The concepts I had a chance to discuss are relevant to pretty much everything that I do in a daily basis." Alexandre R. Vieira, D.D.S., Ph.D.,
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

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