Strengthening your unique value through results-driven professional development.

AAL provides core programs that develop health and higher education professionals at every stage of their careers.

Well-executed professional development programs assure continued competence in your profession.

These programs do not only help you perform better in your current role, but also catapult you into new leadership roles in the future. AAL has helped thousands of leaders in health and higher education advance in their careers and organizations by providing professional development programs. 

Core Programs

Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program (CAAMP)

Onsite Program

The Chairs and Academic Administrators Management Program, or CAAMP, is a hands-on workshop that is designed to address the unique challenges faced by new, current, and aspiring administrators.

The Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL)

Onsite Program

The Institute for Teaching and Learning, or ITL, is a four-day, onsite program that teaches new and seasoned professionals the tools master educators use daily in academic settings.

9 Virtues Leadership Institute

Onsite/online Program

The 9 Virtues Leadership Institute’s experts come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and are ready to help your organization unlock its leadership potential. We specialize in empowering current as well as aspiring leaders to grow and develop professionally and personally.

Partnered Programs

IPEC Interprofessional Leadership Development Program

The Interprofessional Leaders Program is a three-day, interactive program distinguished by an emphasis on leading in an interprofessional environment. The program is facilitated by AAL experts as well as internationally recognized IPE leaders. Those who complete the program will receive an AAL and IPEC Interprofessional Leadership Development Certificate.

Fundamentals of Clinical Education (FCE)

Equip your new dental, dental hygiene, and dental assisting educators with the right tools to succeed with the Fundamentals of Clinical Education program (FCE), designed and facilitated by the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and AAL.

Foundations in Conducting and Designing Clinical Research

These Research Fundamentals are designed to be taken sequentially and the information in later courses builds on information presented in previous courses.


What Our Alumni Say

  • CAAMP has excellent information for academic administrators - relevant, understandable, and engaging. Great opportunities to network with faculty from many healthcare professions.”

    Leonie DeClerk, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

  • "The AAL ITL program was an excellent opportunity to learn and develop multiple teaching concepts and skills. This program allowed me to connect and network with colleagues at the same point in their careers. I highly recommend it to those entering in a career in academia."

    Nina Ray, Texas A&M College of Dentistry

  • "I was truly impressed with the ITL course. As a newcomer to teaching, with many years of clinical practice, I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy sitting in a weeklong course about different teaching philosophies. Whatever my expectations were, they were blown out of the water. The speakers were dynamic, and I came away excited to put these new tools and philosophies into practice immediately. I really, really recommend this course for anyone new to teaching, or looking to revamp their teaching style!"

    Matt Phillips, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

  • "ITL has reminded me why I wanted to teach in the first place and given me the tools to improve my teaching for the students and residents which will benefit all of their present and future patients."

    Alli Scully, Indiana University School of Dentistry

  • Taking the time to improve myself professionally is expected; however, taking the time to improve myself personally is a privilege. I expected to learn useful techniques at CAAMP but it was a privilege to genuinely feel a connection that will certainly have an impact in both my professional and personal life. Great conference and highly recommended!"

    Naquilla Thomas, West Georgia Technical College

  • One of the best things about CAAMP is that it brings educators from all different health disciplines together. This fosters an environment where we share best practices for similar challenges and pitfalls. I left this program with many pearls of wisdom that I could actively implement in my work life."

    Mai-Ly Duong, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

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The AAL Story


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.


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


Advancing health and higher education.


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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