BB&T Center for Leadership Development

The ECU Office for Faculty Excellence is delighted to announce a new program to support leadership development at the University. This program will extend leadership development into the classrooms of individual faculty. The OFE has received a grant to sponsor twelve leadership fellows who will meet weekly to consider ways faculty can develop leadership abilities of their students as they teach in their disciplines. The frame of reference for the work to be completed will be Leadership Reconsidered: Engaging Higher Education in Social Change, the publication provided to all ECU faculty. Fellows will read and discuss this and other leadership literature, compile and evaluate ideas and strategies for incorporating leadership into college instruction, and implement ideas and strategies into their teaching.

Leadership Fellows must be full-time faculty without administrative assignments. They must commit to meet two hours weekly in small groups and monthly with the entire group. They agree to engage in reading, compiling, evaluating, and developing strategies and procedures for leadership development and to begin incorporation of selected strategies into their teaching with the goal of assessing for any resulting increased capacity for leadership among their students. Upon completion of the program, fellows receive a $1750 stipend. It is anticipated that these initial fellows will have the opportunity to continue involvement with the program as mentors.

Faculty members interested in participating in the inaugural Faculty Leadership Fellows Program submitted applications by January 3, 2013. The first class of fellows began meeting January 10. Work from the group will be shared with the university.  Questions about the program and the application process can be directed to Dorothy Muller, Director of the Office for Faculty Excellence (mullerd@ecu.edu; 328-1426).

The frame of reference for the work to be completed is Leadership Reconsidered: Engaging Higher Education in Social Change, the publication provided to all ECU faculty.

“The capacity to lead is rooted in virtually any individual and in every community . . . “each faculty member, administrator, and staff member is modeling some form of leadership .… students will implicitly generate their notions and conceptions of leadership from interactions inside the classroom . . . A leader, in other words, can be anyone . . . an important ‘leadership development’ challenge for higher education is to empower students, by helping them develop those special talents and attitudes that will enable them to become effective social change agents.” (2) See pages v, vi, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 19, 20, 21 31