First Year Leadership Seminar

The offices of Student Engagement & Leadership and Academic Advising teach a fall semester class for first-year students on the theme of Leadership. This non-credit, no-grade class (no studying, no tests, no pressure!) meets one hour per week and provides an opportunity for aspiring student leaders to build skills and understanding as a way to fast-track them into future leadership positions, both at ACPHS as well as in their careers.

Students with all levels of experience in leadership (including aspiring leaders) are encouraged to apply. Interested students should complete the application linked on the sidebar of this page and email it to prior to the end of the first week of classes.

The goals of the class include the following:

  • Explore the wide variety of leadership opportunities, tracks, and application paths available at ACPHS, including positions within clubs, student chapters of professional health care organizations, professional fraternities, student government, peer tutoring and mentorship, and academic support opportunities
  • Establish personal connections with current student leaders, faculty, and administration
  • Build and refine the tools and skills essential for applying for leadership positions, internships, interviews, and jobs
  • Augment one's understanding of leadership skills, practices, and the language of leadership for future use

The First-Year Leadership Seminar is taught by professional staff members from the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership, Academic Advising, and select faculty, who bring extensive experience in leadership development and teaching in higher education. The class will be taught with frequent interactions with expert guests, hands-on learning, and a focus on practical knowledge.

Acceptance into the class is based on the application and space is limited. All applicants will be notified about the status of their applications.

Apply for the Leadership Seminar


Elizabeth McGarry
Director of Student Engagement and Leadership

Aileen Coughlin
Asst. Director of Student Engagement and Leadership

Kimberly Stoutenburg
Academic Advisor - First Year Students