The APTA Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship is a yearlong blended learning (online and onsite) program that is intended to develop innovative and influential leaders in physical therapy education who can function within a changing politico-sociocultural environment. ELI is intended for novice and aspiring PT and PTA program directors. A maximum of 18 fellows-in-training are accepted annually. The next cohort will be identified in the spring, officially begin in July 2018, and graduate in July 2019.
Expectations and Time Commitments
ELI applicants should consider these essential features before applying and be prepared to:
- Complete a 2-hour virtual orientation on July 2018 (TBD).
- Engage in self-directed learning of 9 online modules in the APTA Learning Center during the fellowship year for approximately 404 instructional hours.
- Complete required ELI readings, activities, forms, and mentorship hour log.
- Actively participate in the virtual office hours with module faculty using a personal webcam.
- Participate in monthly calls with your small mentorship group, comprised of 2 mentors and up to 6 fellows-in-training.
- Actively engage in 3 (2-day) face-to-face sessions in a 13-month period integrating content applied from each of the 9 modules. Required onsite sessions are as follows:
- Session 1: October 10-11, 2018 with travel day on October 9 in Jacksonville, FL (tentative)
- Session 2: March 7-8, 2019 with travel day on March 6 (tentative)
- Session 3: July 12-13, 2019 with travel day on July 10 (tentative)
- Develop a leadership project that responds to a need in the participant's institution.
- Develop a dynamic leadership reflections worksheet to enhance your knowledge, abilities, and skills.
- Complete all course, participant, and program assessments and evaluations.
- Arrange for regular, ongoing meetings with your institutional supervisor throughout ELI.
Eligibility Criteria (Subject to Change for 2018-2019 Cohort)
- The applicant should be a current or emerging leader or academic administrator.
- Preference will be given to applicants identified as novice (0–5 years) PT and PTA academic administrator leaders.
- Aspiring program directors and program directors with more than 5 years of experience are also eligible and encouraged to apply.
- The applicant must be employed by a PT or PTA education program with CAPTE accredited or candidate status.
- The applicant must be qualified to serve in a PT or PTA program director position, as defined by CAPTE.
- The applicant must be a current APTA member.
- The applicant must be licensed/registered/certified or licensure eligible in the United States.
- No more than one applicant per institution can be accepted per cohort.
- A maximum of 18
fellows-in-training are accepted annually.
Application Process (Subject to Change for 2018-2019 Cohort)
ELI applicants are invited to apply to the fellowship between November 15 and March 1 via RF-PTCAS, the centralized application service for postprofessional residency and fellowship programs in physical therapy. Please review the application requirements below. Contact email@example.com, if questions.
- Complete the RF-PTCAS and submit all required materials by no later than the March 1 deadline.
- Enter your PT license in the "Supporting Information" section of RF-PTCAS and upload a copy.
- Enter your APTA member number in the "Supporting Information" section of RF-PTCAS.
ELI NOMINATION FORM
- Download the blank ELI nomination form (.pdf), once available in the fall.
- Send the form to your supervisor (program director, dean, or other appropriate administrator).
- Once signed by your supervisor, upload the completed form in the "Program Materials" section of RF-PTCAS.
- Enter the contact information for 3 evaluators (references) in the "Evaluations" section of RF-PTCAS.
- One evaluation must be submitted by the same supervisor who completed the ELI nomination form.
- Once you have entered the contact information, your evaluators should receive an email from RF-PTCAS with instructions on how to access the "CAS Evaluator Portal," complete the evaluation, and upload a letter of reference.
- Upload your current CV with evidence of past leadership activities in the "Program Materials" section of RF-PTCAS.
STATEMENT OF INTENT
- Copy and paste a statement of intent (up to 9999 characters) in the "Program Materials" section of RF-PTCAS that presents clear evidence of your potential for leadership in physical therapy education.
- Your statement should describe the following:
- A defining moment in your leadership journey, what has facilitated your growth as a leader, or your greatest leadership challenge.
- Your leadership career goals and how your career aspirations are consistent with the ELI mission.
- Areas in which you hope to grow or learn through your participation in ELI.
- Contributions you may make to the ELI cohort through your participation.
- A need your institution is facing that might be addressed through an ELI leadership project.