Leadership Educators Institute
Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 9:00am to Saturday, 13 December 2014 - 5:30pm

Registration for the Leadership Educators Institute is now full.

Please click here to be added to the waitlist.  If you are a presenter and need to register, please contact Tiki Ayiku at [email protected]


Leadership education of college and university students is an important and ongoing process within higher education institutions. Student affairs professionals play an essential role in coordinating, shaping, and evaluating this area by developing leadership courses and programs, creating co-curricular opportunities, and using new technologies. The Leadership Educators Institute (LEI) is an innovative forum geared specifically towards new to mid-level student affairs professionals and leadership educators with these responsibilities. The Institute is coordinated by NASPA, ACPA, and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, and will be held December 11 –13, 2014, at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Leadership Educators Institute aims to create a space where student affairs administrators, educators, and practitioners will discuss current leadership topics:

  • Modern leadership theories about process-based relational leadership, theories of leadership and positive social change, societal good; and models and theories on how students develop leadership capacity and human development.
  • Leadership courses  (credit and non-credit) including innovative syllabi, effective textbooks, incentives for students, experiential learning, service oriented learning, and virtual learning
  • Assessment and evaluation of leadership programs and participants including learning outcomes, using CAS Standards, National Leadership Research agenda, ILA program guidelines, Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership Implications for Practice, and the Socially Responsible Leadership Scale as well as contemporary leadership assessments like StrengthsQuest, MBTI, Emotional Intelligence, and Global Mindset.
  • Innovative and intentional practices and programs including: cohort leadership programs, emerging leaders, multi-year programs, distance learning and immersive experiences;
  • Strategy and management of leadership programs including: staff education, fundraising, space design, financial modeling, academic and student development partnerships; and
  • Intersectional role of leadership education in identity development, service-learning, social justice education, globalization, and other functional areas.

Call for Programs

The conference planning committee is seeking proposals that effectively link student affairs practice to the values of leadership education.  Presenters will be asked to identify the intended audience for their session; beginner, intermediate and advanced. Additionally, the conference planning committee will select programs based upon the programs' relationship to the conference themes and learning outcomes.  

Leadership Development Theory and Models

  • Effective strategies for translating theory into practice for today's diverse student generation
  • How institutions use leadership development theories and models to successfully engage students
  • Best practices for the application of leadership models to student leadership practice in groups and communities
  • Cutting edge translation and application of leadership theories to leadership skills 
  • Consideration of developmental readiness when planning and implementing programs

Leadership Curriculum and Programs

  • Innovative practices for credit and non-credit courses with innovative syllabi, curriculum, effective teaching methods, and student incentives
  • Successful cohort leadership programs focusing on various groups (emerging leaders, multi-year programs, identity groups, leadership studies programs etc.)
  • Strategies for overcoming development issues and lack of funding for leadership programs
  • How to incorporate service, service-learning, and experiential learning
  • How leadership programs educate students about citizenship, ethics, social entrepreneurship and political engagement
  • The Intersectional role of leadership education in identity development, service-learning, social justice education, globalization, and other functional areas.
  • Leadership education that crosses many disciplinary boundaries to create a holistic approach to course curriculum and practice settings.

Technology, Research, and Assessment in Leadership Programs

  • Learning outcomes that guide successful leadership programs and steps for their development
  • Using technology such as virtual leadership portfolios, communities, and social networking sites in the development and implementation of online communities.
  • Reviewing new research and scholarship to guide our understanding of leadership education and practice
  • Applying CAS Standards in leadership and International Leadership Association guidelines


Thursday December 11, 2014

The conference schedule is subject to change.

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Pre-Institute Workshops

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Campus Tours

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Keynote

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Friday Deceber 12, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Roundtable Discussions

4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Saturday, December 13, 2014

7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Registration Open and Book Sales

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

A Conversation with Dr. Barry Posner

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Institute Closing