Paths to Leadership

A School of Medicine program for developing faculty leaders

Paths to Leadership is a leadership development program offered by the Division of Management and intended for School of Medicine faculty who want to make a difference at OHSU. Paths to Leadership invites you to reconnect with your professional purpose and clearly articulate the meaningful difference you wish to make, whether caring for patients, influencing the next generation of learners, and/or generating new knowledge about human health and health care. You will learn to exercise leadership within your current role by partnering with key stakeholders whose support is needed to move your vision forward, while appreciating senior leaders' priorities in a new light. Past participants have reported a sense of increased personal meaning and joy as well as deeper engagement with OHSU and its important missions.

Schedule and time commitment

There is no dollar cost to participants or participants' departments for this program for the cohort beginning in January 2020. The 2020 program is scheduled to run from Tuesday, January 7, to Tuesday, June 9, on consecutive Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 PM in the Child Development & Rehabilitation Center, 3rd floor, room 3200 (CDRC 3200). Typically, participants will spend up to 4 hours per week in pre- and post-session reading and project work.

Further information

For an overview of the program, view our Brochure and Recruitment Slide Deck.

Paths to Leadership 2020 Brochure
Paths to Leadership 2020 Recruitment Slide Deck

Applications for the Paths to Leadership 2020 are now closed. For questions about the 2020 cohort please contact Niki Steckler.

PTL Participants 2018
Paths to Leadership 2018 Participants

Over the past ten years, Paths to Leadership has served more than 200 faculty leaders from across the School of Medicine. See what they have to say and view a full list of departments and individual participants below.

  • "The diversity of leadership skills was inspiring, there is no single path.
  • "It helped me think about plans and the future in ways I should have done earlier but never found the time to do."
  • "Any academic physician needs this training. "
  • "What I learned is that I need to start with myself - that to be an effective leader I need to step outside of my comfortable ways of thinking and interacting in order to hear and understand others."

Paths to Leadership Participants 2010-2019


For whom is this program intended?

Paths to Leadership is intended for School of Medicine faculty who want to make a difference at OHSU. It is for faculty who are currently in—or taking on—formal or informal leadership roles within their departments, divisions, or elsewhere in the School of Medicine or OHSU. Individuals who are considering taking on such roles or wish to develop their individual leadership skills are invited to apply. 

Why do this program?

Through Paths to Leadership participants will:

  • Develop a leadership mindset (i.e., learn how to think—and act—like leaders). 
  • Cultivate an increased understanding of OHSU and how they can make a difference.
  • Make a significant contribution to an important OHSU issue through a learn-by-doing leadership practicum.
  • Connect with both senior and emerging leaders at OHSU.

How will OHSU benefit?

OHSU will benefit from Paths to Leadership by:

  • Improving its leadership and management capacity
  • Leveraging participants' experience to address organizational issues
  • Promoting a learning culture
  • Developing and sustaining champions for change

Other questions?

Contact the Paths to Leadership Co-Directors, Professors Niki Steckler, PhD or Jim Huntzicker, PhD at for more information.