The Leadership Collaborative curriculum is built upon a solid theoretical and empirical foundation developed through years of research, study and practice related to leadership.  Importantly, it is a praxis-based curriculum, i.e., it facilitates skill development through practice.  Hence, theory is embedded in skills and participants learn through practice, not in studying or researching theory.


Marion Rossi
Associate Dean
College of Liberal Arts

‘A dean’s office is inherently hierarchized in ways that can lead folks to forget that college leadership is a role all of us (not just the dean or associate deans) need to focus on.’

‘I like the basic approach of leadership as a shared responsibility and the way the program empowers and challenges employees to make a difference.  That’s a powerful message with many potential benefits for all involved.’


Skill Development

The singular purpose of the Leadership Collaborative is to facilitate Leadership skill development.

Practice on-the-job is the only way to develop Leadership skills!  So, the entire course is designed to support participants to develop skills through on-the-job practice.  

Here is the LC process.

In each session, two new Leadership topics are introduced.  Participants select one that they want to develop into a skill.  They then design an Action Plan, detailing how they will practice on-the-job.  When participants apply to the Leadership Collaborative, they commit to complete 2-4 hours of work per week on the course.  This time is dedicated to practicing Leadership skills on-the-job.


Bill Coslow
Landscapes Supervisor

"Todd’s new understanding has allowed him to engage in new conversations with students and faculty, to not only build relationships, but build bridges, and start a dialog about how to make things better, improve processes, communication and collaborate.

"It has become more apparent to Todd and me what an integral part Facilities Services plays in the overall education of students.  Working in our group provides students with “real life” experiences and opportunities to practice teamwork in a very diverse environment. Todd’s dedication to mentoring students has increased and I believe his leading by example may influence his coworkers to re-consider their role in being part of the total college experience."