National Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy News

Because of the on-going COVID pandemic, the AAAE Leadership Academy (Cohort II) is delayed/postponed until May 2022. This is principally due to the COVID pandemic and our genuine interest to have a successful start to the Academy by having an in-person, kick-off session at the Annual AAAE Conference. As previously announced, the 2021 Annual AAAE Conference will be online because of the pandemic.

We struggled with making this decision but feel strongly about the importance of the in-person session that would carry the cohort spirit through the program year.  We regret any inconvenience this will create for those interested in participating and the effort taken to complete the application.

We hope this notice is received with understanding and invite application submissions next year.

Bobby Torres, Co-chair
Kim Dooley, Co-Chair
AAAE Leadership Academy

Summary Report about Inaugural Class

The 2019-2020 Inaugural Class of the AAAE National Leadership Academy graduated in May 2020. Read the Summary Report to learn more about this unique program.
  • 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

Learn more about members of the inaugural class (2019-2020) of the AAAE Leadership Academy.

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, University of Florida

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, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Additional Information

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

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