Leadership Educators Institute

LEI is co-sponsored by NCLP, ACPA, and NASPA and is a professional development opportunity for entry and mid-level professionals. 

Please check back soon for more information about the 2018 Leadership Educators Institute. Thank you for your patience as we plan a top quality professional development opportunity for you!

To learn more about the 2016 Institute click here


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 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.


National Leadership Symposium

The NLS is an annual program co-hosted by NCLP and NACA. Throughout the program, participants get to explore the symposium's topic alongside renowned scholars and approximately 50 other leadership educators. 

Examining and Reframing Leadership through a Critical Lens 

July 17-20, 2017

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

A wide range of leadership theories, frameworks, and models exist that can be used in leadership education.  How often do we think deeply or critically about those theories, frameworks, and models and their utility in society today?  What strategies can assist us to more critically examine and construct leadership education so that assumptions and biases are discussed and shaped to better embrace the complexity of the world in which we live and lead? As leadership educators we have a responsibility to help students learn how to critically examine leadership concepts and the world around them and to help students develop leadership practices that are inclusive, ethical, and just.  

The 2017 National Leadership Symposium focuses on critically examining and reframing how we view and approach leadership.  Participants will learn how to deconstruct concepts of leadership, examine what shapes their understanding of leadership, and identify ways to transform their leadership education practice and pedagogies. You can register for the 2017 Symposium here!


Participants at the 2017 National Leadership Symposium will:

  • Explore models and theories of leadership using a critical approach;
  • Understand what it means to deconstruct and reconstruct leadership models and theories;
  • Identify pedagogies and design-thinking practices to facilitate student leadership learning through a critical perspective.  
  • Engage with other leadership educators in critical conversations about leadership theories, leadership education, and leadership practice.  


National Leadership Symposium Scholars

John Dugan, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago

Sonia Ospina, Professor of Public Management and Policy, New York University

Larry Roper, Professor, School of Language, Culture and Society, Oregon State University