ALICE Program

The Office for Faculty is pleased to offer the ALICE program, a leadership development opportunity for mid-career women faculty in the School of Medicine. ALICE – Academic Leadership, Innovation, and Collaborative Engagement – provides in-depth opportunities for leadership skill development, personal reflection and goal setting, peer-mentoring, and structured 360 feedback.

Applications for the 2020 ALICE program are now closed.


Program Overview

This year-long program will include a combination of full-day, half-day, and 1-2-hour sessions. Content will focus on personal leadership skills designed to help individuals gain greater self-awareness, management, and communication skills needed to deftly navigate leadership in academic medicine. Sessions will include:

  • An intensive all-day workshop using a personality-based inventory and focused on how to manage interactions with diverse personality types
  • 360 Assessment, including a workshop with an experienced Executive Coach to develop an action plan
  • Negotiation workshop led by a national expert in the field
  • Unconscious bias workshop
  • Financial literacy seminars
  • Opportunities to interact with and learn from executive leaders at Duke
  • Robust peer mentoring opportunities 

Faculty will engage with outside leadership experts and will set and refine personal development goals as part of their participation in the program. Click here to see 2020 session dates and topics


Who should apply

ALICE is targeted toward mid-career women faculty. It is expected that most applicants will be at the associate professor level, however, assistant and full professors will also be considered in special circumstances. Underrepresented minority women faculty are especially encouraged to apply.

This program is designed to complement the national ELAM fellowship, to which Duke typically sends up to 1 faculty member per year.

Application and Selection Process

Participants will be competitively selected. The application is online and requests the following information:

  • Basic demographic information
  • CV/NIH Biosketch
  • Short essay describing why the applicant would like to participate in the ALICE program (<300 words)
  • Letter of nomination from the applicant’s department chair, division chief, or center/institute director
  • Commitment to attend all core program meetings (see dates here)

Apply Now

Applications are due November 1.


Participation in the year-long program costs $2,250. Payment should be made via departmental fund code transfer. This one-time payment will be used to cover all program expenses including the cost of the MBTI/personality-based instrument and 360 instruments, speaker fees, facility costs, and program evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve already taken the LEADER program, can I apply for this program too?

Because there are some areas of overlap, it is suggested that alumni of the LEADER program wait 3 years before applying to the ALICE program. However, past LEADER participants are eligible for the ALICE program. ALICE is best suited to those at the mid-career level and will include material tailored specifically for a women faculty audience.

Who are the speakers for this program?

The program will be facilitated by the Office for Faculty Development, under the direction of Vice Dean for Faculty Ann Brown, MD, MHS. The program will utilize a number of internal and external experts in their fields. Bios for some of the exceptional outside speakers are below. Internal speakers include: 

And more! 

Hile Rutledge, MSOD
President and Principal Consultant at OKA
MBTI Trainer
Cathie Siders, PhD
Executive Coach and Organizational Consultant
360 Facilitator

Who has participated in the past?

See ALICE alumnae 

Who will pay the $2,250 tuition cost?

Tuition should be paid via transfer from a departmental or individual faculty member’s fund code. 

When will tuition be due?

The full program fee will be requested following successful acceptance into the program and prior to the start of the program sessions.  

Questions? Contact the Office for Faculty at or 919-684-4139.