Session Details

22H - From Practitioner to Professor: The Healthcare Executive’s Role as an Educator

Monday, March 20

3:15–4:15 p.m.

Do you remember your favorite professor? Many healthcare leaders recall an educator who made a profound difference in their professional development. Some healthcare executives may wish to pay it forward and serve as an educator for health administration students; however, it can be challenging to figure out the academic landscape. With varying requirements, inconsistency of academic roles for practitioners, and limited free time for executives to conduct research on application and review processes for institutions of higher learning, practicing healthcare leaders with high potential to make a difference in the lives of students are often left in the dark on how and where to begin.

In this session, participants will learn about the various roles for practicing healthcare leaders in the academic environment, exploring volunteer opportunities, part-time compensated roles as adjunct lecturers or executives in residence, and full-time positions for practitioners who wish to transition to higher education. Presenters will also discuss what chairs, program directors, and search committee members are often looking for as they evaluate faculty candidates.

With online, hybrid, and in-person educational opportunities in health administration, academia offers numerous ways to contribute to the development of students who are preparing to enter the field. By attending this session, practicing healthcare leaders will be better positioned to formulate compelling materials to support their success in securing an academic role.

Learning Objectives

  • Delineate the various roles and opportunities for practitioners within healthcare management academic programs.
  • Formulate strategy for pursuing an academic role that aligns with individual strengths, transferrable skills and workload capacity.

Presented By



Executive Director, Inclusive Leadership Education, and Assistant Dean, DEI

Virginia Commonwealth University
Mark Herzog, FACHE

Mark Herzog, FACHE

Executive in Residence

University of Michigan
Julie Robbins, PhD

Julie Robbins, PhD

Associate Clinical Professor

The Ohio State University