Leaders in Education: Academy of Presidential Scholars

Advancing Visionary Education

  • Register to attend Speaker Series II

    Registration is now open for a virtual dialogue and discussion on:

    "Co-Creation of Curriculum: An Innovative Technology for Teaching that You Didn’t Know You Needed"

    June 25, 2024


  • Announcing the New Educator Fellowship: EDGE

    Learn more about Educator Development for Growth and Effectiveness (EDGE).

    Complete the nomination form for one or more faculty from your area by June 1, 2024. 

  • 2nd annual LEAPS Symposium

    Navigating the Technology Landscape in Graduate and Professional Education

    Thank you to all who attended the 2024 LEAPS symposium!

    Take a look at our BIG day.

  • Symposium keynote address by Dr. Sol Roberts-Lieb

    The symposium included a keynote address by Dr.​ Sol Roberts-Lieb, Director of Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning titled, "Who Moved My Technology: Using Technology Advancements to Enhance Faculty Development and Student Outcomes."

  • 2024 LEAPS Distinguished Educator Award Recipients

    UMB faculty members were recognized for outstanding efforts in mentorship, preceptorship, and educational scholarship at the inaugural symposium, receiving Distinguished Educator Awards.


  • 2024-25 Seed Grant Recipients for Instructional Innovation

    Five UMB educators received Instructional Innovation Seed Grant awards to experiment, test, or implement a teaching innovation.

  • Interviews with 2023 Seed grant winners

    Delve into the progress of two of last year's seed grant winners Shani Fleming and Matthew Grant.

  • Speaker Series I: Panel Discussion

    White Space: A Critical Race Examination of Equity in Higher Education

    Thank you to all who attended the inaugural symposium!

    For all who missed it, please check out our panel discussion featuring Russell A. McClain, JD, along with Rossina Zamora Liu, PhD, and William Ming Liu, PhD, of the University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Educational Scholarship

    Do you have an idea for an educationally focused research project?

    Click here to learn more about the scholarship of teaching and learning in health professions.

    Send an email to LEAPS@umaryland.edu if you would like support with your project.

  • What is LEAPS?

    A resource for advancing educational leaders.

    “The initiative on education creates a great opportunity for educators ... along with the opportunity for UMB to become a presence in the professional education scholarly community.”

    — UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS

  • ‘Moving the Needle’ Podcast

    Episode 15: Announcing LEAPS, Leaders in Education: Academy of Presidential Scholars

    LEAPS co-chairs Donna Parker, MD, FACP, and Christina Cestone, PhD, discuss this new initiative designed to support faculty members at UMB.


The LEAPS Council and its membership work to promote and graduate leaders who will shape social justice, legal justice, and health care education.


  • Achieve educational excellence and value ​
  • Advance the careers of faculty and staff educators ​
  • Invigorate our culture to fully embrace the education mission 

LEAPS will achieve these goals by:

  1. Developing an environment that inspires, recognizes, and rewards educational scholarship and innovation in all UMB schools, to stimulate the intellectual discourse needed to reimagine professional and graduate student education for the future.
  2. Developing and making available resources, such as faculty development programs and mentorship, that will help advance the career path of UMB educators.
  3. Creating a local and national reputation in professional and graduate student education and educational leadership.
  4. Supporting sourcing of, application to, and competition for extramural funding and producing scholarly work in education.

Programming and Events

Creating and hosting educationally focused events

Awards and Recognition

Recognizing and celebrating excellence in education

Educational Innovation

Exploring and testing new educational methods and tools

Educator Development

Building a community of educational leaders who will shape UMB’s future

‘Moving the Needle’ Podcast

Donna Parker, MD, FACP, and Christina Cestone, PhD, co-chairs of LEAPS, discuss this new initiative designed to support current faculty members at UMB by recognizing and rewarding educational scholarship and innovation, as well as help advance the career paths for UMB educators.