Leaders in Education: Academy of Presidential Scholars

Advancing Visionary Education

  • symposium registration now open

    Register here to participate in the 2nd Annual LEAPS Symposium.

    When: April 2, 2024, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Where: SMC Campus Center

  • Symposium submissions Deadline extended

    The submissions deadline for the 2nd Annual LEAPS Symposium has been extended to March 1, 2024.

    Nominations (awards, seed grants) and proposal submissions open NOW.

    Registration now open.

  • 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.

  • Inaugural LEAPS Symposium

    Fostering Inclusive Teaching and Learning Environments

    Thank you to all who attended the inaugural symposium!

    Take a look at our BIG day.

  • Inaugural symposium keynote address by Dr. Diane Forbes Berthoud

    The symposium included a keynote address by the University’s very own Dr. Diane Forbes Berthoud, PhD, MA, titled “The Pedagogy of Belonging and Competency-Based Education: Challenging and Changing the Landscape of Graduate and Professional Education.” 

  • 2023-24 Seed Grant Recipients for Instructional Innovation

    At the inaugural symposium, three UMB educators received Instructional Innovation Seed Grant awards to experiment, test, or implement a teaching innovation

  • 2023 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.


  • 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.

Contact LEAPS

Email LEAPS at LEAPS@umaryland.edu.


  • 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.

A professor and student in the classroom