National Leadership Academy

2021-2022 Leadership Academy News

The AAAE Board of Directors has approved this program for another cohort and this email is a call for 3-4 fellows to serve as the coordinating team for the 2021-2022 offering of AAAE Leadership Academy.  The members of the 2019-2020 Coordinating Team found the experience to be energizing, exciting, educational, and rewarding.  We also think it is important that this program have a rotating coordinating team.  The new coordinating team will have access to any and all materials from the previous Leadership Academy offering and the previous coordinating team members are available as resources, as requested.

If you are willing to serve in the role as a member of the coordinating team, please let Brian Myers ( know by October 2, 2020. If you have any questions about the position/role, please feel free to reach out to him as well.

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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