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Fellows Lead the Way at Northwestern

August 3, 2010 | by Jasmine Rangel

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The second class of fellows at Northwestern University's Center for Leadership -- chosen in a highly competitive process -- are gearing up to participate this fall in seminars, training and projects that should make a difference to the fellows' careers as well as to Northwestern as a whole.   

The fellows -- eight doctoral students and six Northwestern staff members -- will study the theory and practice of leadership, develop various leadership programs and services, and, working with undergraduates, train to become leadership coaches.

"Our fellowship leadership program is rare," said Adam Goodman, Center for Leadership director. "It brings together doctoral students from multiple disciplines with high-potential staff.  Fellows work with undergraduates to help them develop their leadership skills."

The program gives graduate students who need to land tenure-track positions after graduation a competitive edge, he said. "And we see this as a powerful way to bring together high-potential staff with some of the top graduate students at the University."

"Someone from student affairs, for example, will work with a Ph.D. student in engineering," he said.  "Last year, EJ Basa in Multicultural Student Affairs worked with Jonathan Turner in Industrial Engineering to design a 360-degree leadership assessment for undergraduate students.  Next year, student health educator Laura Stuart is working with Brandon Strom from Mechanical Engineering on leadership coaching."  

Bringing people from different disciplines together and getting them on a steady path to becoming leaders is what makes this fellowship so special, Goodman said.  "We've seen new ideas turned into practical programs that really work through this collaboration. Our work on leadership coaching produced one of the first readiness assessments for undergraduate leadership coaching in the country.  It's going to attract a lot of attention from other schools."

The class includes doctoral students from the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Communication, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine and Kellogg School of Management. Fellows who are staff members work in the Medill School of Journalism, Chicago Field Studies, University Career Services, the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, the School of Education and Social Policy and Northwestern Health Services.

Fellows will work on projects that include a major leadership assessment program designed to ultimately be used widely by students as a tool for periodically evaluating those in leadership roles at Northwestern. The projects also include NUPortfolio, an interactive online career tool to help students organize learning experiences both in and out of the classroom and connect their experiences to career exploration.

The Center for Leadership includes the Undergraduate Leadership Program, offered through the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the new fellowship program. Services include leadership coaching, consulting, space for meetings and workshops, and are available to all students, faculty, academic departments and programs at Northwestern. Undergraduates can participate in an introductory course offered by the center and then go on to take additional courses and fieldwork requirements to earn an academic certificate in leadership.

The 2010-2011 fellows are:

Karen Allen, assistant director of the Chicago Field Studies Program

Gwen Archibald, assistant director of Student Life at the Medill School of Journalism

Hans Arora, M.D., Ph.D. student at the Feinberg School of Medicine

Elaine Croft McKenzie, Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering

Betsy Gill, internship adviser at University Career Services

Barnaby King, Ph.D. student in political science

Louie Lainez, coordinator of the Gateway Science Project

Maavi Norman, Ph.D. student in political science

Megan Redfearn, academic adviser at the School of Education and Social Policy

Laura Stuart, coordinator of sexual health education and violence prevention at University Health Services

Brandon Strom, Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering

Paul Thelen, Ph.D. student in the interdisciplinary theater and dance program

Franz Wohlgezogen, Ph.D. student in managment and organizations

Zitao "Arthur" Zhang, Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering at the Transportation Center

Media should contact Pat Vaughan at (847) 491-4892or p-tremmel@northwestern.edu

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