Program Overview

Principled Academic Leadership Programs

NCPRE creates a variety of tools, resources, and programs to advance institutional integrity.

NCPRE has developed a modular professional development program for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), with each module based around one or more common dilemmas faced in the specific environments of HHMI researchers (HHMI investigators, lab leads, and the members of their laboratories). The Labs that Work for Everyone program (LTW) is centered around a feature film called A Tale of Two Labs, which showcases common lab-based dilemmas and demonstrates how to work through them. The program takes place over the course of weeks or months, depending on participants' preferences, and can be completed individually or together as a lab. The total estimated time to complete the program (videos, writing, applicable discussions) is 8-10 hours. 

Program Goals

  • Engage researchers, investigators, and lab members in discussions about issues that are faced in their environments

  • Encourage conversations that increase transparency and communication around difficult issues through a decision-making framework for addressing professional and ethical dilemmas

  • Help to prevent harassment, detrimental research practices, and cultural biases

  • Create a culture in the laboratories that minimizes unethical outcomes through improved interpersonal communication and values-based problem-solving to create intellectually productive, professionally exemplary, and personally rewarding research environments


To learn more about Labs that Work for Everyone, click here.

Principled Academic Leadership (PAL) is a professional development program tailored to develop the skills needed to survive and thrive while navigating the special challenges of the academic environment. Through highly interactive programs, current and emerging academic leaders consider and practice proven, continually practical tools that can be put into immediate use. Program participants gain concepts and skills needed for dealing with unpleasant and costly elements of interpersonal interactions, those that too often drive people out of leadership positions or that underlie dysfunction in academic units.

Participants build skills for making and implementing decisions required in leadership positions and the conversations that follow. By applying tools and skills to case studies, cohort members work together to develop solutions and approaches to many of the unique hurdles of the academic environment. The program presents strategies for building vibrant academic units and bully-proofing challenged units. Participants are encouraged to evaluate their own leadership needs and growth throughout the program and to reflect on their role and impact as an academic leader.

To learn more about PAL, click here.

The NCPRE Transforming Challenged Units (TCU) consortium offers support for institutions in dealing with units that are troubled or challenged in their ability to function effectively.  Consortium resources help identify the features that characterize flourishing academic units and the ways in which academic units can develop to overcome these difficulties. The TCU consortium offers, among other resources, early-warning indicators for identifying challenges before they become incapacitating, as well as specific, implementable approaches and solutions for addressing those challenges. 

Building on our experience in academic administration and leadership, NCPRE supports the Consortium in developing concepts, labels, tools, and approaches for dealing with challenges in a principled, pragmatic, and effective manner.

For more information about TCU, click here.

The Academic Leadership and Management Institute (ALMI) program presented by NCPRE is designed to support individual growth as an early career faculty member. Our starting point is that there are many kinds of academic leadership and that part of one's career trajectory is learning to exercise appropriate leadership in a variety of professional contexts.

NCPRE creates and shares resources to support better ethical and leadership practices in academic and other professional contexts. Leadership—and particularly ethical leadership—is central to creating a culture that establishes healthy and productive professional interactions. We equip participants with evidence-based tools to support intentional leadership development and institutional integrity.

To learn more about ALMI, click here.

In 2014, Nanyang Technological University and the University of Illinois established the NTU Leadership Academy (NLA) collaborative agreement for the purpose of developing and implementing a premier program in Asia for the leaders of global research universities of the future. 

The NTU Leadership Academy is designed for faculty of schools/colleges/institutions within NTU as preparation for further academic leadership positions. Participants develop skills for successful leadership, learning about the context and challenges of leading academic/research units.

The Academy is a year-long program for the entire cohort, with an initial two-day meeting in the fall, three additional half-day meetings and one additional two-day meeting in the spring. A collaboration of the National Center for Principled Leadership and Research Ethics and NTU, the NTU Leadership Academy will expose participants to thought leaders, real-world dilemmas and challenges and skills for succeeding in leading the complex organizations that are international research universities.