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Director’s Note: “The Loop” Fall 2018

Greetings from the Staley School of Leadership Studies!

Mary Tolar, Director of the Staley School of Leadership Studies

At the time of this writing, several Staley School members are participating in the 20th Annual International Leadership Association’s Global Conference, where faculty members are highlighting various scholarship efforts, our students are competing in the undergraduate case competition, and all are learning, making connections, and building the relationships critical to advancing our work.

We recently hosted our 8th annual Spirit of Leadership celebration (more pictures HERE), and our theme was engagement in communities – locally, and around the world. As we reflect on all of the initiatives we have developed, I am struck by the diversity and the impact of our mission in action.

Since my last note, we have launched two new programs, and have many other exciting updates as well. This fall, we welcomed the first cohort of our new interdisciplinary doctoral program in Leadership Communication. Together, with the College of Arts and Science Department of Communications  Studies, and the College of Agriculture’s Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, the program is up and running, under the direction of Dr. Tim Steffensmeier.

Our new Cargill Fellows Program is also up and running as we approach the halfway point in the academic year. We are excited to continue our longstanding partnership with Cargill to offer this innovative leadership development program to K-State juniors in the Colleges of Business Administration, Agriculture, and Engineering. Led by Amanda Lee, Cargill Fellows learn and develop leadership through case studies, visits to Cargill facilities, and many other learning opportunities during the year-long program.

Many of our other programs and initiatives have continued to grow and develop. This past summer, we were fortunate to offer a civic leadership institute for the third year for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI), in partnership with the US Department of State. K-State offered one of 28 Institutes in the country. As a result of a partnership developed through the YALI program, the Staley School offered its first reciprocal Leading Change Institute with DECLIC, a youth leadership development organization based in Senegal. Our partners were honored as this year’s Michael C. Holen Leaders-in-Residence earlier this fall.

Our Snyder Leadership Fellows Program is now in its fourth year, and we continue to offer alternative break and international service team experiences around the country and at sites across the globe.

To learn more, the following blog posts feature some more in-depth examples of our academic programs, service-learning, and civic engagement activities. We are proud to highlight some of the many ways you can see our mission in action!

Sincere thanks,


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Scholarship Update

Staley School Faculty members continue to be on the leading edge when it comes to leadership scholarship. Faculty members Trisha Gott, Brandon Kliewer, Kerry Priest, and Mary Tolar recently had an article published in the Journal of Leadership Studies. The article is titled, “The Path Forward: A Case for Openness in Leadership Studies” and can be accessed online by clicking HERE. Congrats to these faculty members for their recent publication!

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First-Year Design Students Experimenting Leadership Development through Self-Directed Learning

Guest blog post by Dorna Eshrati
PhD Student in Environmental Design and Planning
College of Architecture, Planning and Design

The Graduate Student Leadership Development Program (GSLDP)
, a program created by the Staley School of Leadership Studies, the Graduate School, and the Kansas Leadership Center, provides K-State graduate students an opportunity to develop leadership skills to make a positive change in their work, studies, and student organizations. Dorna, Eshrati, a Ph.D. student of Environmental Design and Planning in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University completed the program in 2017 and has been able to infuse the leadership skills developed through the GSLDP into her current work as she teaches first-year Environmental Design studios.

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Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows “Big XII Leadership and Service Days”

On Wednesday, October 3rd, 18 members of the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows Program were southbound on an adventure to Waco, Texas. Just a few days before the Kansas State Wildcats took on the Baylor Bears, students from both universities decided to look beyond their rivalry, and instead, found unity in community service and leadership during the first-ever Big XII Leadership and Service Days.

The purpose of the Leadership and Service Days is to cultivate connections across conference competitors through joint leadership and service projects. Current resident Snyder Fellow, Ashley Anderson and Staley School of Leadership Studies Coordinator of Partnerships, Marcia Hornung initiated the service effort in hopes of continuing to partner with other Big XII schools in the future while achieving more social and service opportunities.

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