Leadership Academy

All ISU Extension and Outreach employees are eligible to apply for participation in the Leadership Academy. Over the course of one year, participants in this program will focus on 4 components of leadership development: self-awareness, leadership theory and best practice, understanding and building teams, and organizational leadership.

Participants will be engaged in face-to-face, online, and independent learning opportunities and group assignments. It will be a cohort experience with a selection including individuals who represent a diversity of roles throughout the organization, providing opportunities to network and learn more about ISU Extension and Outreach on a broad scale.

Program Goals
  • Build leadership skills and capacity in staff to support and prepare for new and evolving roles within Extension and Outreach.
  • Create a climate of leadership development as a priority at all levels within our organization.
  • Assist staff in developing a peer leadership network in order to enhance personal leadership practice, collaboration, and diversity of perspectives.
Key Dates for 2024
  • Orientation Webinar: Dec. 11, 2023, 11:00 am 
  • Session 1:  Jan. 22-23, 2024
  • Session 2: Apr. 15-16, 2024
  • Session 3: June 17-18, 2024
  • Session 4: Sept. 16-17, 2024

Successful applicants must commit to participation in each of the above sessions. There will also be additional online sessions scheduled throughout the year to complement the above.

Each participant will also be asked to identify a way they will use their leadership skills to give back to the Organization upon completion of the Academy.


Application Deadline for the 2024 Cohort: Oct. 20, 2023. 

Applicants must apply online, including a current resume/vita and a letter explaining their goals for participation. A PDF document of the application is available online.

As a part of your online application, you will be asked for contact information for your supervisor, who will be requested to provide a letter of nomination

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Program Information

 Time Requirement

This will be a one-year commitment that includes approximately one in-person session per quarter ( 1 1/2 days), with virtual connections and outside assignments between sessions.

 Cost to Participants

There will be a cost-share between the Extension Professional Development unit and the respective departments of the participants. Extension Professional Development will plan to cover the costs of each meeting, including speaker stipends, meals, room rentals, and all educational materials for the program; sponsoring departments will be asked to cover travel expenses such as mileage, hotel (if needed) and meals outside of the educational sessions. In addition, if a participant is not able to fully commit to the program and misses sessions, the department and/or individual will be charged for those expenses.