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.

Continuing Education
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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

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

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: 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 learning outcomes.

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.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

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 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


If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2018 Leadership Educators Institute please 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

Hotel reservation information will be available in December 2017. For planning purposes, our room rate is $129 per night plus applicable taxes.

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

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