Eric K. Kaufman is an associate professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech, where he teaches leadership courses for students in all disciplines at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He coordinates the graduate certificate program in Collaborative Community Leadership and supports the undergraduate minor in Leadership and Social Change. Eric is also serving as the faculty principal for Virginia Tech’s Honors Residential College, and this position creates many opportunities for mentoring students that live in the same residence hall where his family resides. Eric’s research interests include collegiate leadership education and leadership development with adults in community and volunteer settings. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University (2000); both his Master’s and his Doctor of Philosophy degrees are from the University of Florida (2004 and 2007). Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Eric was a high school Agriscience teacher in Florida (2000-2003) and then program coordinator for Florida’s Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (2004 – 2007). He is always looking for great ideas and opportunities to collaborate with his colleagues in ALE!