2014 Leadership Certification Seminars Announced

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Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Program is a resource for our members as they engage with Honors in Action and develop as both scholars and leaders on their campuses and in their communities through their engagement with the Honors Study Topic. Leadership Instructor Certification Seminars are a key part of this program for advisors.

“The Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Program covers the traditional leadership development topics that will always be important,” said Monika Byrd, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Leadership Development and Service Learning. “Our approach to leadership development is that it must be personal and individual, so the foundation of the program relates to self-awareness and to creating the environment for the development of a personal philosophy of leadership for each person.

“This creates authentic leadership capacity, which builds confidence and purpose and which can evolve with a person’s educational and professional career.”

The Leadership Development Studies curriculum is grounded in the humanities and delivers a diverse, interdisciplinary approach to leadership instruction. It has been recognized by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as one of only eight Exemplary Leadership Development Programs in Higher Education among those the Kellogg Foundation funded and researched during the 1990s.

“Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Studies Curriculum is life-changing,” said Dr. Mary Thornley, President of Trident Technical College in South Carolina. “It is a thoroughly developed, exceptional curriculum.”

Anyone who would like to facilitate a leadership development program using the Phi Theta Kappa curriculum must be certified through a Leadership Instructor Certification Seminar. The course is especially ideal for student affairs professionals and student group advisors; honors program directors and faculty members; leadership development professionals; and any college administrators and faculty interested in leadership development.

Three seminars will be held this year:

  • May 15-18: Lewis Center, Ohio (near Columbus) — Early Registration Deadline: April 3
  • July 10-13: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia) — Early Registration Deadline: May 22
  • July 17-20: Long Beach, California — Early Registration Deadline: May 29

Registration for the seminars will be available online at ptk.org/get-involved/leadership-development after February 1. Seminar details will be provided upon registration.

Since 1992, more than 2,700 educators from more than 700 institutions around the world have participated in a Leadership Certification Seminar. There are a number of ways the textbook, Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies: A Humanities Approach, and leadership development program can be adopted by and implemented within an organization:

  • In an existing credit course with leadership competencies;
  • For an elective leadership course to meet humanities core curriculum or general education requirements for students in any degree program;
  • To conduct retreats, workshops or seminars for student leaders;
  • In college orientation and first-year programs;
  • In community and continuing education workshops or seminars; and
  • As the basis of a leadership certificate program for business and industry.

“I have seen amazing results and transformative experiences for students,” said Dr. Jennifer Lane, Honors Program Coordinator at Glendale Community College in Arizona. “We are adding offerings of this course to meet student demands. This course is working wonderfully on our campus.”

The 2014 seminars will be using the new, fifth edition of Phi Theta Kappa’s leadership development curriculum, which will be released in May, featuring new humanities readings and recent scholarship on leadership topics for the leadership textbook and instructor’s manual. 

To learn more about the Leadership Instructor Certification Seminars, download this brochure.