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About ELATE at Drexel

ELATE at Drexel® is a national leadership development program designed to advance senior women faculty in academic engineering, computer science, and related fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and universities.

ELATE at Drexel is a collaborative project of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine. It is a core program of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics within the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership® at Drexel University College of Medicine.

ELATE is an intensive full-year, part-time fellowship program modeled on the highly successful ELAM® program for women in medicine, dentistry and public health, and tailored to the needs of faculty women in engineering and technology. Three in-residence sessions of 4-6 days each are used to enhance knowledge and skills in business practices of higher education, project management with diverse stakeholders, and effective communication in a variety of leadership platforms. Sessions are supported by:

  • Online readings and assignments.
  • Monthly conference calls with learning communities and senior advisors.
  • Interviews with key officials at the home institution.
  • Institutional Action Project development.
  • Mentoring to apply new skills to work at the home institution.
ELATE Fellows will:
  • Improve their personal and professional leadership through professional and peer coaching, personality and leadership style inventories, and 360evaluations.
  • Learn, through activities, classroom presentations, and interviews of their own institutional leaders, how to understand and navigate organizational dynamics.
  • Expand their knowledge of strategic finance and resource management at the institutional level through didactic presentations, case studies, and work at their home institutions.

Diversity and Class Selection

The International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics' (ICELA at Drexel®) model for development of senior level leadership competencies requires participants from a broad range of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives, and institutions, to build an inclusive learning community within which they can learn from both their differences and similarities. ICELA's admissions committees consider many characteristics of candidates, including professional aspiration, achievements and challenges along their pathways to leadership, underrepresented populations in academic fields, and institutional characteristics such as geographic region, private/public status, and mission focus.

Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine are committed to equality and do not discriminate against applicants based on their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or status as a veteran or special disabled veteran.