An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

20 Years of the Social Change Model of Leadership: Reflections and Projections

Leadership for a Better World Bookcover

Presenters: Susan Komives, Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson, John Dugan, June Nobbe, Julie Owen, and Dennis C. Roberts

Date: 17 October 2016

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Twenty years ago, the social change model of leadership development was created against the backdrop of postmodern reconceptualizations of leadership to address college students’ desires to learn to work effectively with others. Since its inception in 1996, it has been applied to various contexts, including those in education, business and industry, law and government, science and technology, as well as in a variety of creative fields. This webinar, led by Susan Komives with support from a variety of leadership scholars, will reflect upon the initial development of the social change model of leadership, its impact and resilience over the past two decades, and how it will continue to be a driving force in these uncertain times.

Outcome of Attending

  • Learn the origins of the social change model of leadership, including the key figures and influences on its development.
  • Gain an appreciation for the breadth and depth of the impact and resilience of the social change model of leadership across time and context.
  • Explore projections regarding how we might be expected to use the social change model of leadership in our work as we move toward changes in U.S. political leadership, educational policy, and an ever- changing global leadership landscape.

Speaker Information

Susan R. Komives is Professor Emerita of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland. She is immediate past president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education and a former President of the American College Personnel Association. She served as Vice President of two colleges and is the author of a dozen books or monographs including Student ServicesExploring LeadershipLeadership for A Better World, and the Handbook for Student Leadership Development. She was a member of the teams that wrote Learning Reconsidered and the ensemble that developed the social change model of leadership development. She is a co-founder of the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, a former senior scholar with the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Leadership Association. She is the 2011 recipient of the University of Maryland Board of Regent’s Award for Faculty Teaching and the NASPA Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a graduate faculty member. A recipient of both the ACPA and NASPA outstanding research and scholarship awards, her research includes a grounded theory on leadership identity development and the international Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership. She is the 2012 recipient of the ACPA Life Time Achievement Award.

Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson is the executive director of Campus Inclusion and Community at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In this role, Dr. Brown-Henderson is responsible for overseeing three units: Multicultural Students Affairs, aimed at engaging multicultural and intercultural communities; Student Enrichment Services, which enriches the experience of low income and first generation students; and Social Justice Education, focused on cultural competency and social justice education and training. Brown-Henderson also leads the response to bias incidents reported through the RespectNU website and support for students who are recipients of bias incidents. Brown-Henderson earned a master’s degrees in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education and Counseling Psychology and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on multicultural issues in higher education from Texas A&M University. Brown-Henderson has dedicated her educational and professional career to creating inclusive environments where college students can understand and appreciate differences while gaining knowledge of cultural competence through cross-cultural dialogue and experiential learning.

John Dugan is an associate professor and chair for Higher Education Graduate Programs and the Undergraduate Minor in Leadership Studies at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of more than 40 books, book chapters, and peer-review journal articles. His research applies critical perspectives to how we understand leadership as a means to disrupt dominant assumptions, center diverse voices and perspectives, and cultivate critical consciousness, agency, and hope. John currently serves as the principal investigator for two active research projects. The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership is a quantitative, international research program that has collected data at more than 250 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Australia, and Mexico with data representing over 350,000 respondents. The second project is a qualitative, longitudinal study that employs both critical narrative and phenomenological methods to understand the influences of identity and power on leadership for social justice.

June Nobbe serves as Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life, and Director of the Office for Leadership Education & Development– Undergraduate Programs at the University of Minnesota. She provides oversight for the academic Undergraduate Leadership Minor, co-curricular leadership development programs, and central career and internship services. Nobbe is a key player in efforts to internationalize Student Affairs on the Twin Cities campus. She has extensive experience in global program and course development. She has led short-term global seminars in Northern Ireland, Istanbul, and Buenos Aires; collaborated on the development of semester courses in Rome, Montpellier, Istanbul, and Tanzania; and led faculty training for global seminar leaders and on-site providers and faculty abroad. She also developed a “glocal” leadership minor practicum course in an East African immigrant community proximate to the university. In addition to her administrative roles, Nobbe completed her Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Administration. Her research topic is the civic mission of U.S. public higher education.

Julie Owen is an associate professor of Leadership Studies at the School of Integrative Studies, George Mason University, where she teaches courses on socially responsible leadership, civic engagement, higher education, and community-based research. She is co-editor of both editions of the Handbook for Student Leadership Development and editor of the inaugural edition of New Directions for Student Leadership. She is active on several national research teams, including the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership – Institutional Survey (MSL-IS) and a research team member with the Leadership Identity Development (LID) project. She is a frequent presenter, consultant, and keynote speaker on topics related to leadership, social change, and organizational development. Owen has been the recipient of numerous awards and research grants. Owen received her M. Ed. (1996) in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University. She holds a certificate of non-profit administration from Duke University (2000) and received her PhD (2008) in college student personnel at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dennis C. Roberts (Denny) is an independent consultant and speaker. He returned in 2014 from seven years of residence in Qatar, where he first served as Assistant Vice President of Education for Qatar Foundation and subsequently Associate Provost during the early stages of establishing Hamad bin Khalifa University at Education City. Prior to working abroad, he was Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Miami University. He has been a member of ILA from its founding and has contributed through being an interest group chair and board member. He is affiliated with several other national and international higher education associations and is a former President of the American College Personnel Association. He is the author and/or editor of five books and over 50 other book chapters and journal articles. His writing, speaking and consulting have been in leadership development and more recently on internationalization conceived as mutual partnerships that preserve the uniqueness of cultures around the world. He maintains two blogs, one focused on the emerging scholarship of leadership learning,, and the other on internationalization of student affairs,