Exploring Student Development in the Context of Leadership Education
About the Symposium and the Learner Community
The National Leadership Symposium is a professional development experience designed for faculty members, student affairs professionals, and other educators involved with promoting leadership education at colleges and universities. The program is coordinated by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP). The Symposium includes a variety of formats, exercises, and conversations to engage different learning styles and preferences, both introverted and extroverted. Given the immersive learning environment of the Symposium, it is advised that registrants have significant professional experience in leadership education. In order to fully engage in the Symposium learner community, participants are expected to have read several selected readings in advance of the arriving for the NLS experience. The National Leadership Symposium is designed for an intimate collegial learning environment of 50 participants. Your engagement will involve intense periods for learning in the large community, small group, and individual levels.
Symposium 2013 Focus:
Higher education leadership education programs that focus on post-industrial, transformational, and relational processes of leadership have proliferated in the past two decades. This year’s Symposium will focus on the intersections between human development theory, particularly focusing on college students, and leadership education programs. Guiding questions Symposium participants will reflect upon will include:
How ready are students to practice the foundational tenets of leadership processes, given what we know about development theory in general, and student leadership identity theory in particular?
To what extent should leadership educators attend to students’ developmental readiness as they create curriculum and recruit students for their programs?
Is developmental scaffolding of programs a strategy to advancing students’ competency and capacity for leadership?
How can educators develop practices that are sensitive to the developmental needs of today’s college students?
As in the past, this year’s National Leadership Symposium will provide a framework for theory to practice in delving into these and other questions.
Scholars-in-residence provide theoretical frameworks and practical considerations for this exploration. Scholars and participants will engage in thoughtful discourse about what it means to educate or develop students and design curriculum for learning leadership.
Professor and Acting Department Chair in the College Student Personnel program at the University of Louisville; author of Multiculturalism on campus: Theories, models, and practices for understanding diversity and creating inclusion; scholarly interests include marginalized student populations and student development.
Associate Professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University; serves as the Associate Editor of Book Reviews for the Journal of College Student Personnel; scholarly interests include multiple identities and college student development.
Professor Emerita for College Student Affairs, University of Maryland; former president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA); lead researcher into the development of the Leadership Identity Development model.
Visiting Professor, Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College; scholarly interests include leader self-development and impact of leadership research on intervention practice.
This institute is limited to 50 participants and is open to NACA/NCLP members and non-members on a first-come, first-served basis.
To join NCLP or renew your membership, please visit www.nclp.umd.edu
The University of Louisville is proud to serve as host for the 2013 National Leadership Symposium. Housing, dining, and meeting facilities will all be on the University of Louisville main campus and are within a 10 minute walk of each other. National Leadership Symposium participants will be housed in suite style rooms in an on-campus residence hall and all symposium sessions will take place at the Student Activities Center.
Louisville is located on the banks of the Ohio River in north-central Kentucky and is readily accessible by three Interstate highways, I-64, I-65 and I-71. The Louisville International Airport (SDF) also offers direct service to and from major destinations across the United States and is an easy 7 minute drive to the University of Louisville.