AAL Leadcast offers world-class interviews and resources by and for experts in health and higher education. Through bold strategy, we help organizational leaders transform their institutions, empower their people and lead the way forward in healthcare and education.

Season 1 Episode 10

Role of Legal Counsel

Professor Pamela Zarkowski, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy, examines the role of legal counsels for administrators and leaders in higher education.

Season 1 Episode 9

Authorizing Higher-Ed Projects When ROI Is Unclear

Professor Joe Morrow, Associate Dean for Management at the UT-Houston School of Dentistry, explains what to do if there is no monetary return on investment (ROI) of people or equipment in higher education, and why the answer to those project requests is not always no.

Season 1 Episode 8 

How to Say No to Funding Requests

Professor Joe Morrow, Associate Dean for Management at the UT-Houston School of Dentistry, provides insights to Chairs on how to say “No” to some funding requests that cannot be accommodated.

Season 1 Episode 7 

Crisis Prevention for Department Chairs

Dr. Craig Hlavac, Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Southern Connecticut State University, talks about what Chairs can do to prevent crises or eliminate their likelihood.

Season 1 Episode 6

Chair’s Role in Responding to Department-Level Crises

Dr. Craig Hlavac, Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Southern Connecticut State University, discusses the role of the Chair in responding to department-level crises.

Season 1 Episode 5 

Business Model of Higher Education

Dr. James F. Galbally, Jr., AAL Senior Consultant and President of the Galbally Group, examines the current business model of higher education, the one that most of our institutions employ in charting financial futures. Is it sustainable? What should be changed?

Season 1 Episode 4 

Changes in Institutional Governance in Response to Financial Issues

Dr. Jo Allen, president of Meredith College, provides her insights on whether she sees institutional governance changing as colleges adopt new ways of doing things in response to external financial issues.

Season 1 Episode 3 

The Roles of CAO and CFO in Higher Ed Institutions

Dr. Matthew Poslusny, Senior Vice President and Provost of Meredith College, discusses how a chief academic officer (CAO) communicates with a board and faculty about academics and economics. He explains the role a chief financial officer (CFO) plays in facilitating these important discussions.

Season 1 Episode 2 

Long-Term Viability of Higher Ed Institutions

Dr. Jo Allen, President of Meredith College, provides her thoughts on what she believes our institutions will look like in 25 years, and how we should view the impact of our actions on the long-term viability of our higher education institutions.

Season 1 Episode 1 

Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships of the President and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Jo Allen, President of Meredith College, examines the roles, responsibilities, and relationships of a president and chief academic officer in designing, developing, and implementing an institution’s program of effective change management.

Season 2 Episode 9 

Communicating Vision to Stakeholders

Dr. Jo Allen, President of Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, provides insights on how she manages stakeholder expectations by communicating a clear vision for her community.

Series 2 Episode 8

Leadership Behaviors That Contribute to Virtuous Corporate Cultures

AAL’s president and The 9 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders: Unlocking Your Leadership Potential co-author, Dr. Karl Haden, examines organizational culture and the leadership behaviors that contribute to virtuous corporate cultures.

Series 2 Episode 7 

The Practical Difference of Virtuous Leadership

How is the “purpose-driven organization” an expression of virtuous leadership? Listen as AAL’s President and The 9 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders: Unlocking Your Leadership Potential co-author, Dr. Karl Haden, discusses the practical difference that virtuous leadership makes—both in our collective history and for today’s leaders.

Series 2 Episode 6 

The Opposites of Perseverance

AAL’s Senior Fellow and The 9 Virtues of Exception Leaders: Unlocking Your Leadership Potential co-author, Professor Rob Jenkins, continues AAL’s Leadcast conversation about perseverance. He tells us there are two opposites of perseverance and explains the important role of humility.

Series 2 Episode 5 

How Do Leaders Know When It’s Time to Stop?

In this, the first of two Leadcasts on the topic of perseverance, AAL’s president and The 9 Virtues of Exception Leaders: Unlocking Your Leadership Potential co-author, Dr. Karl Haden, ponders the virtue of perseverance. Most leaders know how to persevere, but what can leaders do to help themselves recognize when it’s time to stop?

Series 2 Episode 4 

The Essence of Virtuous Leadership

AAL’s Senior Fellow and The 9 Virtues of Exception Leaders: Unlocking Your Leadership Potential co-author, Professor Rob Jenkins, defines the essence of virtuous leadership (on and off the basketball court).

Series 2 Episode 3 

Virtuous Leadership: Justice and Transactional and Transformational Leadership

AAL’s President and The 9 Virtues of Exception Leaders: Unlocking Your Leadership Potential co-author, Dr. Karl Haden, considers the behaviors that make leadership virtuous.

Series 2 Episode 2 

Effective Strategic Planning Linked to Budgeting

The strategic plan is the cornerstone to effective institutional management. Dr. Jim Galbally, AAL Senior Consultant and President of The Galbally Group–which provides strategic and operational counsel to colleges and universities–comments on the disconnections that can exist between budgeting, resource allocations, and effective planning outcomes.

Series 2 Episode 1 

The New Chief Academic Officer: CAO 2.0

Dr. Matthew Poslusny, Senior Vice President and Provost of Meredith College, discusses the new role of the chief academic officer. How can that individual become an active enabler of change and not just an observer?

Season 3 Episode 5

Navigating Career Transitions with Dr. Sharon Hull

Life has certainly thrown a curve ball to almost all of us since the start of the new year. AAL Vice President Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively sits down with Sharon Hull, MD, MPH, PCC of Metta Solutions, LLC to discuss how to deal with curveballs and career transitions.

Season 3 Episode 4

Empathy & Leadership in Challenging Times with Bill Dickinson

AAL President Dr. Karl Haden talks with Bill Dickinson, AAL Senior Consultant, to discuss leading and communicating with empathy during challenging times, and leveraging empathy to improve team performance and leadership.

Season 3 Episode 3

Managing Institutional Finances with Jim Galbally

AAL President Dr. Karl Haden sits down with AAL Senior Consultant Jim Galbally to discuss the financial challenges facing schools and universities amid the global pandemic, and how leaders can better communicate these challenges to stakeholders.

Season 3 Episode 2

How Leaders Can Better Communicate During Times of Crisis with Dr. Dee Ramsel

Dr. Karl Haden welcomes AAL Senior Consultant and Executive Coach Dr. Dee Ramsel to discuss how leaders can be better communicators, and manage themselves and their teams during times of crisis.

Season 3 Episode 1 

Practicing Self-Care During Challenging Times with Dr. Dee Ramsel

AAL President Dr. Karl Haden sits down with AAL Senior Consultant and Executive Coach Dr. Dee Ramsel to discuss ways leaders can lead by example by practicing self-care during times of crisis.

Season 4 Episode 5

Navigating Career Transitions with Dr. Sharon Hull

Life has certainly thrown a curve ball to almost all of us since the start of the new year. AAL Vice President Dr. Felicia Tucker-Lively sits down with Sharon Hull, MD, MPH, PCC of Metta Solutions, LLC to discuss how to deal with curveballs and career transitions.

Season 4 Episode 4

Empathy & Leadership in Challenging Times with Bill Dickinson

AAL President Dr. Karl Haden talks with Bill Dickinson, AAL Senior Consultant, to discuss leading and communicating with empathy during challenging times, and leveraging empathy to improve team performance and leadership.

Season 4 Episode 3

Managing Institutional Finances with Jim Galbally

AAL President Dr. Karl Haden sits down with AAL Senior Consultant Jim Galbally to discuss the financial challenges facing schools and universities amid the global pandemic, and how leaders can better communicate these challenges to stakeholders.

Season 4 Episode 2

How Leaders Can Better Communicate During Times of Crisis with Dr. Dee Ramsel

Dr. Karl Haden welcomes AAL Senior Consultant and Executive Coach Dr. Dee Ramsel to discuss how leaders can be better communicators, and manage themselves and their teams during times of crisis.

Season 4 Episode 1 

Practicing Self-Care During Challenging Times with Dr. Dee Ramsel

AAL President Dr. Karl Haden sits down with AAL Senior Consultant and Executive Coach Dr. Dee Ramsel to discuss ways leaders can lead by example by practicing self-care during times of crisis.

Season 5 Episode 8

Dr. Tawana Ware discusses social determinants of health and curriculum scaffolding

Doctor Tawana Ware is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and an Adjunct Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at Indiana University in Indianapolis. At this August’s Institute for Teaching and Learning in Chicago, she’ll lead two sessions:

  1. Building from Knowledge to Integration: Social Determinants of Health and Curriculum Scaffolding
  2. Integrating Clinical Case-based Scenarios in Course Curriculum

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Season 5 Episode 7

Dr. Colin Haley talks about Assessment and Active Learning

Doctor Haley is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Associate Director of group facilitation at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry. In this episode of Leadcast, he discusses his two sessions for this year’s Institute for Teaching and Learning in Chicago.
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Season 5 Episode 6

Dr. Pamela Zarkowski talks about her sessions at CAAMP focused on legal considerations for academic leaders

Dr. Pamela Zarkowski, MPH, JD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the University of Detroit Mercy discusses her sessions at the 2023 CAAMP program. Topics include legal considerations for academic leaders and how to manage the transition to faculty leadership.
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Season 5 Episode 5

Dr. Lisa Eichelberger talks about the challenges of leading in the post-pandemic era

Dr. Lisa Eichelberger, Dean Emerita at the College of Health Clayton State University talks about her sessions at this July’s CAAMP program in Atlanta, including strategies for finding and keeping the right talent for your program, having difficult conversations, and leading in the post-pandemic era.
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Season 5 Episode 4

Dr. Kelton Stewart Discusses the Call of Mentorship and Teaching

Dr. Kelton Stewart, an Associate Professor and Orthodontics Graduate Program Director at Indiana University School of Dentistry, discusses his call to teach and the importance of inclusion in the classroom. Dr. Stewart will be leading two sessions at the Institute for Teaching and Learning this August in Chicago for AAL.
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Season 5 Episode 3

Dr. Perry Rettig Discusses Battles in the Trenches

Dr. Perry Rettig, a distinguished professor of education at Piedmont University and senior fellow at AAL discusses his book Battle in the Trenches: How Leaders in Academia Can Learn from Elite Athletes and Coaches. He’ll also talk about leading a pair of sessions at the 2023 Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program this July in Atlanta. 
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Season 5 Episode 2

The Journey from General Practice to the Academy

Dr. Gary Pape talks about his journey from general practice to Associate Professor at California North State College of Dental Medicine. He also discusses the importance of the Institute for Teaching and Learning (https://aalgroup.org/itl/) in the transition.
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Season 5 Episode 1

Preparing for the Future of Higher Education and Health Professions Education

J. Glenn Forister, PhD, PA-C, Dean of the School of Health Professions at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, talks about the future of higher ed and health professions education in particular and recommends what faculty and leaders need to train for to succeed in this brave new world.
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Season 6 Episode 1

Dr. Dee Ramsel discusses the importance of strategic planning for health professions programs in an academic setting and the process of working with AAL to put one together.

Doctor Dee Ramsel has an award-winning career as a clinical psychologist, a mental health executive, a college professor, and the former Executive Director of the Veterans Health Administrations National Center for Organizational Development. She’s a Senior Consultant with AAL.

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The Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL) is a health and higher education consulting firm. We work with organizational leaders to achieve their goals through strategic planning and professional development. We have helped over 150 institutions and thousands of leaders advance in their fields. Unlike other firms, our clients engage directly with accomplished and seasoned experts to achieve objectives with agility.

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Celebrating Almost Two Decades in Business

Launched in 2005, AAL is a collaborative of scholars, educational specialists, and consultants providing services that help leaders in businesses, nonprofits, and academia pursue excellence, the application of knowledge, the discovery of ideas, and the quest of lifelong learning. The AAL team strives to build long-term relationships based on superior service, mutual trust, and intellectual inspiration. We focus on professional development, consulting services, and the application of assessment technologies and informatics to solve our clients' challenges. We hope to get to know you and assist with your personal, professional, and organizational growth.

N. Karl Haden, PhD

President of AAL

Vision

Advancing health and higher education.

Mission

AAL builds and strengthens your unique value through results-driven consulting and professional development.

Core Values

Scholarship through continuous learning, discovery, dissemination of knowledge, and interprofessional collaboration.

Innovation through risk-taking and disruption of the status quo.

Integrity through doing the right things for the right reasons.

Excellence through superior quality, client satisfaction, and the assessment of outcomes.

Philanthropy through volunteerism and financial contribution.

Success Stories

“I've taken quite a few leadership courses and seminars; none come close to the material involved and coordination AAL. Sprinkle a little genuine interest in seeing us succeed and well intentions and you have the best leadership mentors PERIOD.”

Dr. Khaled Hussein

BronxCare Health System

“The program was very valuable in the way that it gave us some real tools, some real opportunities and ways to evaluate ourselves and our own approaches to leadership and then gave us an opportunity of how to apply that to interprofessional education. I think that was the best … the applicability of the tools that were provided to us and how we can utilize those were just amazing. It was very valuable and an opportunity to evaluate yourself with the tools that they provided to give an introspective look into your own leadership style and what other people thought of your leadership, and that was very powerful.”

Dr. Kevin Brueilly

Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences

“I think the program was excellent. There were many excellent sessions. They were very stimulating. They kept us moving, very thought provoking. I thought the program overall was well designed, and as I said very thought provoking. For the inaugural program, it was well put together. You could see the passion in the instructors, who were very well versed in the topics that they talked about. I’m really pleased to be a part of this, and as a social worker, I really got a great sense of how interprofessional education can be very instrumental in terms of social workers working in healthcare settings. I think this is the wave of the future, and this program will gain traction in the future. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Dr. Martell Teasley

University of Utah College of Social Work

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