Northern LITeS: Leadership for Innovative Team Science

A leadership training experience for faculty and academic leaders aimed at furthering leadership skills and promoting team science among senior faculty. 

Northern LITeS is an annual structured year-long leadership training experience for senior or advanced mid-career faculty and academic leaders involved in clinical or translational research or with responsibilities related to academic administration or education and training programs in which clinical or translational research is involved.

The program provides executive-level training tailored to the needs of experienced academics in biomedical, clinical, and health-related sciences.

— CTSI-Ed Assistant Director Michelle Lamere, MPA, ACC

The program provides executive-level training and is tailored to the needs of experienced adacemics in biomedical, clinical, and health-related sciences. In addition to enhancing leadership skills, the program:

  • Fosters team functions and science by creating a network of colleagues who serve as resources for one another across the University
  • Expands opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Ensures that the next generation of clinical and translational scientists receives the highest quality training for science leadership

An annual cohort of four teams comprised of 6-7 faculty will meet for four, 2-day sessions over the course of the year to work on a team project that addresses a real clinical or translational problem identified by University of Minnesota school leadership. Teams are constructed sot hat new working relationships are created. 

The CTSI program, managed in partnership with the University of Minnesota Vice President for Clinical Affairs, is the first sister site of the University of Colorado LITeS model. The Northern LITeS program is further customized to help increase multidisciplinary team science research activity and funding across the health sciences, with a particular focus on stimulating submission of multi-project large grants that include collaborations across multiple University of Minnesota schools.

Being part of the inaugural cohort

Being part of the inaugural cohort

  • Deans have been asked to nominate 4-6 faculty leaders from their schools/colleges 
  • 24-28 senior leaders, including deans, chairs, and division and program directors
  • Nominate faculty by emailing mlamere@umn.edu. Priority nomination consideration by March 27.
  • Apply by April 10

Participating means

Participating means

  • Completing a 360-degree evaluation process and developing a plan for using feedback from the evaluation
  • Choosing a professional development goal and completing a plan for its achievement
  • Benefitting from individual coaching related to personal development
  • Participating in extensive training of skills for leadership, creativity, and team process development in such areas as: conflict management, communication skills, influence strategies, negotiation, change management, building team productivity, and creating environments to support and include diverse ideas and enhance scientific creativity
  • Participating in team project development and receiving guidance from University leaders in shaping and presenting projects, to include optimizing potential for implementation

Fostering team science

Fostering team science

  • Building leadership for the clinical and translational science enterprise of tomorrow
  • Creating a network of colleagues who share a passion for this work
  • Expanding opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Ensuring that the next generation of clinical and translational scientists in Minnesota receive the highest quality training for working and leading in their fields

Addressing three key leadership domains

Addressing three key leadership domains

  • Understanding and enhancing individual leadership behaviors and styles
  • Developing interpersonal and team skills for leading, managing, and working with others across tasks and settings
  • Improving process skills for increasing quality and efficiency in creative work and academic leadership

University of Minnesota participation in University of Colorado LITeS cohort 2017-2018

University of Minnesota participation in University of Colorado LITeS cohort 2017-2018

  • A University of Minnesota team participated in the 2017-2018 University of Colorado LITeS cohort. Team members were determined in consultation with AHC leadership, initially with (then) Sr VP for Health Sciences and Medical School Dean Brooks Jackson and then with further joint input and discussion with the Deans of all the AHC Schools. Each AHC School Dean appointed a representative to the team, with David Ingbar and Michelle Lamere representing the UMN CTSI.
  • Team members were appointed by the Deans of each AHC School and included: Jayne Fulkerson, PhD, School of Nursing; Caroline Gaither, PhD, Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy; David Ingbar, MD, School of Medicine and CTSI; Michelle Lamere, MPA, CTSI; Heather Nelson, PhD, MPH, School of Public Health; Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS, School of Dentistry; Ned Patterson, PhD, DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine; and Betsy Seaquist, MD, School of Medicine.
  • The goals of the UMN team project were to 1) recommend ways to increase multidisciplinary team science research activity and funding in the UMN Academic Health Center (AHC), with a particular focus on stimulating submission of multi-project large grants (NIH P & U grants, USDA, NSF for example) that include collaborations across multiple UMN schools; and 2) Assess whether LITeS or a similar program should be brought to the UMN AHC
  • A final report with findings and recommendations was delivered to Dean Tolar and presentations were made to the AHC Research Deans, Faculty Consultative Committee, and individual colleges.

Workshop dates

June 17-18, 2019, 8am-5pm
Sept. 12-13, 2019, 8am-5pm
Nov. 21-22, 2019, 8am-5pm
Jan. 23-24, 2020, 8am-5pm

Program leadership

David Ingbar, MD

David Ingbar, MD, University of Minnesota Professor of Medicine,
Director of Northern LITeS program and CTSI-Ed

Judith Albino, PhDJudith Albino, PhD
President Amerita, Director of University of Colorado, Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute's LITeS program

Susan Johnson, PhDSusan Johnson, PhD
Associate Director, University of Colorado, Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute's LITeS program

Contact us

Michelle Lamere, MPA, ACC
mlamere@umn.edu
612-624-0619