Established in 2009, ELA is an academic-year initiative to better prepare faculty and professional and scientific staff who serve in leadership roles or aspire to hold leadership positions. Participants attend monthly sessions on topics related to leadership theory and practice, communication, formal presentation, understanding environment and culture, budgeting and resource management, performance management and ethical leadership.
Participants also complete capstone projects that address university needs and support Iowa State’s strategic plans. For example, recent projects focused on promoting diversity and inclusion, creating sustainable models for student assistance initiatives, commemorating students who die during their time on campus and compiling an oral history of the university.
ELA is led by faculty director Rod Bagley, professor and chair of veterinary clinical sciences, and Katharine Hensley, faculty success coordinator in the office of the senior vice president and provost.