ILA Podcast

A Good Challenge for Me

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Dr. Jill Arensdorf


Jill Arensdorf discusses her transition from leadership professor to Provost and the challenges of putting what she knows about leadership into practice and trying to permeate the institution with leadership concepts that work.

Quotes From This Episode

“I’ve really had to challenge myself to see the forest and not get mired in the trees where I’m more comfortable…that’s been a really good challenge for me.”

“When it comes to doing (leadership)…my goodness! It’s full of all these complexities, nuances, and critical thinking.”

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

Zoom by Istvan Banyai

Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

About Dr. Jill Arensdorf

Dr. Jill Arensdorf is a professor in the Department of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University (FHSU), and currently serves as the FHSU Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs.  Before serving as Provost, she chaired the Department of Leadership Studies for eight years.  Her research interests include civic engagement and leadership, leadership behavior and skill development, and the transfer of learning. She has published numerous articles on the effects of service learning on the development of leadership skills, as well as the transfer of leadership skills to the workplace.  She has been active in civic engagement efforts at FHSU, co-writing FHSU’s Civic Investment Plan, and co-coordinated a freshman learning community at FHSU, L3-Live. Learn. Lead. for nine years. Dr. Arensdorf has received both the prestigious Navigator and Pilot Awards at FHSU for her exceptional advising and teaching.  She completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University.

Dr. Arensdorf is extremely passionate about teaching and participating in leadership.  Before her work at FHSU, she worked as a 4-H/Youth Extension Agent with K-State Research and Extension.  Jill is originally from Hill City, KS.  She and her husband Mike currently reside in Hays, KS.  Dr. Arensdorf’s interests include spending time with her family, music, golfing, reading, cooking, and water skiing.

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.

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