National Leadership Academy


  • The purpose of the Academy is to develop a cadre of AAAE members who are motivated and prepared to provide effective leadership in officer, committee, and special projects roles within the society.
  • A secondary purpose is to increase the interest and readiness of AAAE members for formal leadership roles within academic institutions.


  • Faculty members in years 6-12 in full-time, tenure-track or non-tenure- track positions are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must have been an active member of AAAE for at least the last three years.
  • Diversity in gender, ethnicity, academic specialization, institutional size and type, and geographical region will be sought.
  • The anticipated cohort size is 15-18 faculty members.

The Experience

  • The program begins with a full-day session in conjunction with the AAAE National Conference in Des Moines, IA. 
  • Four, one-hour online sessions (via Zoom) will be held the following September, November, January, and March.
  • A variety of speakers from around the nation will engage participants in the following topics: understanding self and others as a leader, exemplary leadership practices, leading within AAAE, leading through delegation, communicating effectively as a leader, developing and leading effective teams, critical conversations and courageous leadership, leading and managing change, the importance of mindset and resilience in leadership, and developing a personal mission statement.
  • Each participant will be paired with an AAAE Fellow who will serve as his/her mentor.


  • AAAE has allocated funds to cover a portion of the costs for the Academy.
  • Participants must pay a $300 fee and cover all travel expenses associated with attending the face-to-face sessions.
  • All meals, materials, books, and assessments will be covered by participant fees and AAAE funds.
  • Selected participants will be invoiced for the participation fee.

Inaugural Class

Shannon Arnold, Montana State University

Joey Blackburn, Louisiana State University

Steven “Boot” Chumbley, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Don Edgar, University of Georgia

Jeremy Falk, University of Idaho

Laura Greenhaw, Mississippi State University

Kelsey Hall, Utah State University

Gaea Hock, Kansas State University

Misty Lambert, Iowa State University

Becki Lawver, Utah State University

Jill Rucker, University of Arkansas

Kate Shoulders, University of Arkansas

Scott Smalley, Iowa State University

Amy Smith, University of Minnesota

Kristin Stair, Louisiana State University

Andrew Thoron, University of Florida

Additional Information

For additional information, contact Ed Osborne by email ( or by phone (352-273-2613).

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