It’s hard to believe that it was just a year ago that I was graduating from college and stepping into a whole new adventure. While I had secure plans for the summer, I was in the thick of searching for a job and still very unsure of how I would use my degree in public relations and my minor in leadership studies beyond July. It would have been easy for me to feel panicked by the unknown, but to the contrary, I was excited to step into the summer and see what doors might open.
Author: Savannah Sherwood
Dr. Trisha Gott, Associate Director and Assistant Professor, and Dr. Tim Steffensmeier, Associate Professor and Director of Research at the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) traveled to Dakar, Senegal this past March to engage in meaningful work with leaders and cyber-activists.
The Staley School is beyond proud to announce and celebrate the achievement of Tamara Bauer, who was recently recognized by Kansas State University as a 2019 Presidential Award Recipient.
In the fall of 2018, the Staley School welcomed its first cohort for the Leadership Communication doctoral program. This program is an interdisciplinary research degree that provides the space for students to make progress on difficult challenges and produce original research that is grounded in community-engaged scholarship.
There are many faces at the Staley School of Leadership Studies that deserve to be in the spotlight for their constant pursuit of growing as knowledgeable, ethical, caring, and inclusive leaders. The hundreds of talented and intelligent students that we work alongside are the reason we do what we do every single day. We want you to meet some of their faces, so we have started a series on social media called “Student Spotlights,” where we feature various students and the things that they are learning throughout their Leadership Studies endeavor. Watch the video below to meet a few of our many wonderful students!
Each year, our faculty and students have the opportunity to travel to places both near and far to present their research and continue diving deeper into their leadership learning. On October 24-27th, a group of faculty and students traveled to the East Coast and attended the annual International Leadership Association (ILA) Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“Akwaaba, Tamara and Kait!”
With open arms and friendly faces, Tamara Bauer, leadership studies instructor, and Kait Long, program administrator, were welcomed into the country of Ghana this October. Bauer and Long had the unique opportunity to facilitate adaptive and strength-based leadership training to African leaders working in both the environmental and health-care sectors while deepening their relationship with two of our Kansas State Mandela Washington Fellows graduates: Ruby Goka and Stephen Ofori.
At the Staley School of Leadership Studies, we spend a lot of time exploring the connection between leadership and service. Rather than watching others from the sidelines, we encourage our students and faculty to jump into the game and work together as a team to move the needle on important issues and to make victories.
In 2014, the “Be the Fan” service project was established, forging a meaningful partnership between leadership studies and the Manhattan Special Olympics.
It all began when the summer section of LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts went to cheer on the Manhattan Special Olympics club teams at their softball games. One evening, the opposing team didn’t show up, presenting the perfect opportunity for the students in the stands to jump into the game. Rather than stepping foot onto the field as opponents, they mixed the teams up and played together.