About the Leadership Educators Institute

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 (NCLP).

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

  • 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.

LEI Co-Sponsors



2018 Leadership Educators Institute

December 09 – December 11, 2018 
Orlando, FL

Important Dates

  • June 01, 2018: Call for Programs Deadline
  • July 06, 2018: Program Schedule Details Posted Online
  • September 21, 2018: Early-Bird Registration Deadline
  • November 05, 2018: Regular Registration Deadline
  • November 01, 2018: Hotel Reservation Deadline

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    Past Leadership Educators Institutes


    December 11-13, 2016

    Renaissance Long Beach Hotel

    Long Beach, CA


    To see a schedule for the 2016 Leadership Educators Institute, click here. Use the hashtag #2016LEI on Twitter to see what participants were saying about the 2016 Leadership Educators Institute. 



    December 11-13, 2014

    Texas Christian University

    Fort Worth, TX

    To see a schedule for the 2014 Leadership Educators Institute, click here. Use the hashtag #LEI14 on Twitter to see what participants were saying about the 2014 Leadership Educators Institute. 



    December 9-11, 2012

    The Ohio State University

    Columbus, OH


    December 5 - 7, 2010

    The University of South Florida

    Tampa, FL



    December 4- 6, 2008

    The University of Maryland 

    College Park, MD