2018 Leadership Educators Institute

December 09 – December 11, 2018
Orlando, FL

The Leadership Educators Institute provides an opportunity for leadership practitioners and scholars to engage in active learning and dialogue to assist with program and leadership course development.

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Leadership is an integral competency for our profession. The leadership development of our institutions’ students is an important and ongoing process that requires commitment from both students and staff. Student affairs professionals and other university administrators play an essential role in coordinating, shaping, and evaluating the leadership development of their students by designing leadership courses and programs, creating co-curricular opportunities, and utilizing emerging technologies. The Leadership Educators Institute (LEI) has a rich history of convening professionals committed to leadership development for nearly 10 years.

A partnership between NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, ACPA-College Student Educators International, and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP), LEI provides a unique opportunity for all professional levels within our field to engage in critical dialogue to support leadership development.

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.

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NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions.

If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor at [email protected].


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2018 Leadership Educators Institute
2018 Leadership Educators Institute


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Graduate


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    Call for Programs

    The call for programs is now open through midnight, June 1, 2018.

    Leadership education touches many aspects of a student’s college career. The Leadership Educators Institute is your opportunity to share evidence-based practices from your campus or organization, learn from leading researchers in the field, and engage with other professionals who are committed to promoting student leadership development.

    The Planning Committee knows it’s presenters like you who will make the Institute an impactful event. The Planning Committee is seeking innovative and thought provoking programs from a wide range of professional functional areas: leadership studies, student affairs, academic advising, career services, and more. Programs which enhance and progress the understanding of leadership, in either research or practice, will be considered.

    Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Institute’s themes (found below).

    Sign-Up to Review Program Proposals

    Our program proposal review process is critical to the success of the Institute. Each of our program proposals is reviewed by colleagues and peers from across country and we encourage you to sign-up to be program reviewer. 

    VOLUNTEER: Share Your Perspective

    Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

    • Leadership in Context

      Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

      • Connections between leadership education and student activism, civic engagement, and/or political engagement
      • Role of leadership education in career readiness and development of professional competencies 
      • Intersections of leadership education in identity development, critical perspective taking, service-learning, experiential learning, social justice, international education, and other functional areas
      • Interdisciplinary approaches to leadership education through various academic and curricular settings
      • Explorations of the purpose, aims, and intentions of leadership education
      • Professional and identity development of leadership educators 

    • Leadership Curriculum and Programs

      Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

      • Credit and non-credit courses with unique and innovative syllabi, curriculum, and pedagogy
      • Successful cohort-based leadership programs (i.e emerging leaders, multi-year programs, identity groups, leadership studies programs)
      • Strategies for overcoming development issues and lack of funding for leadership programs
      • Models and strategies that engage diverse and non-traditional students as leaders

    • Leadership Development Theory and Models

      Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

      • Effective strategies for translating theory into practice for today's diverse student population
      • Application of leadership theory and models in student learning and development
      • Cutting edge translation and application of leadership theories to leadership skills
      • Consideration of developmental readiness when planning and implementing programs
      • Reflections and applications of James MacGregor Burns’ theory of leadership in celebration of its 40th anniversary

    • Technology, Research, and Assessment in Leadership Programs

      ​Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

      • Evidence-based practice including assessment findings and implications from leadership programs
      • Connections between leadership education, student success, and persistence
      • Use of technology to facilitate leadership development (i.e. virtual portfolios, social media, digital communities and communication)
      • New research and scholarship with implications on leadership education and practice
      • Applying CAS Standards for Student Leadership Programs, International Leadership Association Guiding Questions, or other guiding documents in the field

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    Proposal Online

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    Submission Timeline
    • May 25, 2018
      Program Reviewer Interest Deadline
    • June 1, 2018
      Call for Programs Deadline
    • June 8, 2018
      Program Reviews Due
    • June 22, 2018
      Presenter Notification Emails
    • July 6, 2018
      Program Schedule Details Posted Online

    Writing Tips

    Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


    Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2018 Leadership Educators Institute.

    Jake Frasier
    Assistant Director of Educational Programs
    Phone: 202-719-1180
    Email: [email protected]


    Registration as a member is based on your individual membership status. If you are a member of any of the convening organizations, you will be able to register at the member rate.

    • For registration related questions, please contact Jake Frasier ([email protected]). 
    • For membership related questions, please contact the individuals associated with your organization listed to the right.

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    Event Registration

    before 09/21/2018
    09/22/2018 to 11/05/2018
    after 11/06/2018
    NASPA, ACPA, NCLP Member
    NASPA, ACPA, NCLP Student Member
    Pre-Institute Workshops


    NASPA - Jake Frasier (All Registration Questions)
    Assistant Director of Educational Programs
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 202-265-7500, ext. 1180

    ACPA - Tricia Fechter Gates
    Deputy Executive Director
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 202-759-4825

    NCLP - Courtney Holder
    Coordinator, Maryland LEAD Program and NCLP
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 301-314-2895


    View Registration Policies

    Group Registration Discount: NASPA offers a discount for members registering in groups of two or more individuals from a single institution. To apply for this discount send a request in writing to [email protected] prior to applying payment to registration orders. Please include all registrants’ full names, the institution name, and the title of the event. The membership department will follow up for any additional information required and provide a personalized discount code each member of your group can use when processing payment.

    Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting the View Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

    Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

    Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to [email protected] 

    Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to [email protected]


    • John Dugan, Ph.D.

      John Dugan, Ph.D.

      Director, Program Quality, Design, & Assessment
      The Aspen Institute

      Speaker Bio

    • Georgia Sorensen, Ph.D.

      Georgia Sorensen, Ph.D.

      Møller Leadership Scholar and Møller By-Fellow
      Churchill College

      Speaker Bio

    • Eboo Patel

      Eboo Patel

      Founder & President
      Interfaith Youth Core

      Speaker Bio


    If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2018 Leadership Educators Institute please fill out the exhibitor application form and e-fax back all pages to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail to [email protected] by November 1, 2018. Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at [email protected].


    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal
    Orlando, FL

    All conference activities will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 

    We have arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the DoubleTree starting at $129/night (not including 13.38% applicalable tax). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Monday, November 19, 2018. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.


    For questions about hotel reservations, please contact:
    Tricia Fechter Gates ([email protected]

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