APTA's Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship is a blended learning program with curricular content that is intended to develop visionary, innovative and influential directors in physical therapist and physical therapist assistant educational programs to advance the health of society. The ELI Fellowship is designed to facilitate the ability of participants to connect theory with practice and enable direct application of knowledge learned through ELI to real-world leadership in physical therapy education.
ELI was first accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a postprofessional fellowship program for physical therapists in Higher Education Leadership in 2012; it was reaccredited in 2017 through 2027.
ELI provides mentoring by high quality, experienced academic administrators, teaching by highly-qualified faculty, and peer support to facilitate the development of the fellow.
The 52-week ELI curriculum is delivered across 13 months across an academic year (June – July).
The mission of the APTA Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship is to develop a community of visionary, innovative, and influential directors in physical therapist and physical therapist assistant educational programs to advance the health of society.
The ELI Fellowship program will:
- Provide consistent curriculum delivery over time by recruiting and retaining quality faculty/mentors.
- Create graduates that provide advanced management and leadership skills in their real-world leadership contexts,
- Provide a high quality, contemporary curriculum and operations.
- Produce successful graduates.
- Be sustainable year-over-year.
- Create a professional community who contribute to each other’s development after graduation.
By the end of the ELI Fellowship, the fellows will:
- Demonstrate expertise in management and administration skills required of directors in physical therapy educational programs.
- Strategize and create action plans to implement and adapt innovative solutions within interprofessional contexts.
- Effectively leverage relationships and feedback to improve program and/or leadership performance.
- Critically reflect on and improve personal leadership skills and abilities.
- Prepared to advance in a variety of academic administration leadership roles.