Leadership Development

First Year Leadership Seminar

The offices of Student Engagement & Leadership and the Academic Class Advisor of the First Year Class 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 once 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 and in their careers.

Students with all levels of experience in leadership (including aspiring leaders) are encouraged to apply.

The learning outcomes of the class include the following:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of different leadership and group dynamic theories. 
  • Develop critical thinking and decision-making skills. 
  • Understand their own strengths and areas for growth as they relate to their leadership style. 
  • Develop/improve leadership skills and competencies including effective communication, mentoring, goal-setting, strategic planning (task management/delegation), problem solving, and conflict management. 
  • Enhance their ability to recognize and assess the effectiveness of other leaders. 
  • Learn to build connections/network with faculty, staff, and peers, and be introduced to potential (formal and informal) leadership positions available  at ACPHS.

The First-Year Leadership Seminar is taught by professional staff members from the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership, the Center for Student Success, and select faculty, who bring extensive experience in leadership development and teaching in higher education. This class includes 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 to 50 students. All applicants will be notified about the status of their applications during the first week of classes.