Leaders in Education: Academy of Presidential Scholars

Advancing Visionary Education

  • Inaugural LEAPS Symposium

    Fostering Inclusive Teaching and Learning Environments 

    Join us Tuesday, April 11th, 2023.

    SMC Campus Center. Lunch provided. Registration coming soon.

    Questions? Email: leaps@umaryland.edu

  • Seed Grants for Instructional Innovation

    Do you have an idea for an educational innovation that needs support?

    LEAPS will award two (2) $2500 grants and one (1) $5000 grant to UMB educators to experiment, test, or implement a teaching innovation.

    Call for proposals and application criteria

  • LEAPS Distinguished Educator Awards

    LEAPS is excited to recognize outstanding efforts in teaching, mentorship/preceptorship, and educational scholarship at UMB. Criteria and Nomination information.

    Questions? Email leaps@umaryland.edu

  • Introducing 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 (17:29)

    LEAPS co-chairs, Donna Parker, MD, FACP, and Christina Cestone, PhD, discuss this new initiative designed to support current 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 the LEAPS Council 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