ILA Podcast

From a Diner to the Academy

Leadership Educator Podcast

with Corey Seemiller

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With the Leadership Education Academy scheduled for August 2021, Dr. Corey Seemiller explains how the ILA Leadership Education Academy grew from a conversation with Dan at a diner on Ohio State University’s campus into one of the most popular professional development immersion programs for leadership educators. Additionally, Dr. Seemiller explains how she researches, writes, and uses data for two timely research agendas – generations in higher education and student leadership competencies.

Some of the resources in this episode include:

Corey’s TED Talk: Generation Z: Making a Difference Their Way

Corey’s books on Generation Z:

Corey’s work and book on student leadership competencies:

Corey’s personal website:

About Corey Seemiller

Corey Seemiller

Corey Seemiller, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations at Wright State University. In addition to her 35 articles and chapters, Corey is the author of several books including Generation Z: A Century in the Making, Generation Z Goes to College, Generation Z Leads, Generation Z Learns, and The Student Leadership Competencies Guidebook. Corey has served as an issue editor for New Directions for Student Leadership, co-chair for the National Leadership Symposium, co-chair for the Leadership Education Academy, board member of Lead365, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Leadership Studies.

About the Hosts

Lauren Bullock

Lauren Bullock is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Temple University, where she teaches leadership development and public relations courses. Before transitioning to full-time faculty, Lauren led the university’s leadership development co-curricular programs for six years. Before joining Temple in 2008, Lauren worked in athletic administration at Florida State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Lauren is writing her dissertation in leadership and change management at Antioch University. Her research interests include faculty-student interaction, generational theory in higher education, purpose and meaningful work, and groups and team dynamics. She works with Dan to set project goals, research and write episode scripts and descriptions, contact guests, craft social media content and strategy.

Dan Jenkins

Dan Jenkins, Ph.D., co-host of the Leadership Educator Podcast is Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies at the University of Southern Maine (USM) where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and organizational theory, research methods, and leadership education. Before joining the faculty at USM, Dan was an academic advisor and co-director of the leadership studies minor at the University of South Florida while also teaching Political Science courses at Hillsborough Community College. Before working in higher education, Dan worked for John Hancock Mutual Funds, in hospitality at various restaurants and sports arenas, for the Florida House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, and as a staff member and volunteer in gubernatorial and school board election campaigns. Dan is a co-author of The Role of Leadership Educators: Transforming Learning and has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on leadership education. Dan mixes and produces the podcast, works with Lauren to curate guests, and researches and prepares content for episodes. 

About the Leadership Educator Podcast

Teaching leadership is hard. Join professors Dan Jenkins and Lauren Bullock, leadership educators with 25+ yrs experience in curricular and co-curricular leadership programs in higher education, as they capture in dialogue questions from their peers and share knowledge and expertise on facilitating leadership learning. Passionate about leadership education? Want to expand your resource toolbox with practical strategies for teaching, learning, and program design? This is the podcast for you! 

The ILA is proud to partner with members Dan Jenkins and Lauren Bullock on a series of episodes each year.  Visit to listen to all of Dan and Lauren’s podcasts.