Membership involvement and development has been a focus of ALE for years. Beyond the annual conference, the association is committed to creating opportunities for ALE members to connect with leadership educators and practitioners throughout the year to share, network, dialogue, and collaborate in areas that are important to them.
We are pleased to offer five separate Focus Area Networks (FANs) to our members. Each FAN group is directed by a coordinator who organizes communication and content with that group. The groups and their respective listservs serve as an opportunity for communication with like-minded professionals. The FAN groups often hold webinars, send relevant information or publications to their members, and discuss collaboration opportunities for the ALE annual conference. The groups also gather in person at least once during the annual conference. See the descriptions and contact information below for each of the ALE FAN groups.
ALE members interested in joining a FAN group or groups should contact Janice Cardwell at firstname.lastname@example.org with your areas of interest.
Teaching and Pedagogy/Andragogy
Dan Jenkins, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor
Leadership & Organizational Studies
University of Southern Maine
Jason Headrick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Leadership & Community Development
Agricultural Education & Communications
Texas Tech University
Our purpose is to dialogue outside (and inside) conference spaces around shared interests in regard to leadership development and education in adult learning (andragogy) and pedagogy. To utilize this space to network, share ideas, and to discuss areas of tension and/or challenges that arise around developing leaders. We encourage our members to engage in the following ways:
- Share recent and applicable scholarly research
- Collaborating through dialogue
- Best practices and resource sharing
- Personal and professional development
- Scholarship of teaching and learning (outcome)
- New and innovative approaches/pedagogy
Student Affairs Leadership
John Banter, Ed.D.
Associate Director, Office of Leadership and Community Engagement
Georgia Southern University
Associate Director of Student Centers for Student Leadership Development
University of Delaware
Blue Hen Leadership Program
The Student Affairs Leadership FAN is designed to connect leadership educators working with leadership programs in Student Affairs together and to promote scholarly practice. During the year, our FAN has provided professional development opportunities and facilitates the sharing of best practices to members. At the annual ALE conference, we get together to network with each other and discuss how we can further develop the field as well as each other.
Graduate Leadership Education
Michael C. Gleason, Ph.D.
Irving R. Burling Distinguished Professor in Leadership
Associate Professor of Leadership & Director, Institute for Leadership Education
Dr. Shannon Cleverley-Thompson
Program Chair and Visiting Assistant Professor
Ralph C. Wilson Jr. School of Education’s Ed.D. Program in Executive Leadership
St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY
The graduate education FAN group is comprised of individuals interested in considering the unique niche of graduate education in leadership as well as exploring the various pedagogies utilized in delivery of this education. Those new to graduate leadership education, those who have had more experience, and even those who just want to learn more about graduate leadership education are invited to be a part of this FAN.
Leadership Studies Research
Lindsay J. Hastings, Ph.D.
Clifton Professor in Mentoring Research
Director, NHRI Leadership Mentoring
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
The Leadership Studies Research FAN is designed to sharpen the scholarly capacity of ALE members by applying time, space, network, and resources toward research methods in leadership studies pertinent to leadership education. In 2019, the Leadership Studies Research FAN launched the Methods Workshops concept at the ALE Conference, which provides professional development training in research methods to ALE members.
Leadership Coaching and Consulting
Jan Cardwell, Ph.D.
Conceivers Leadership and Learning
Executive education, in the college classroom and the practice of coaching and leadership development in the workplace can be explored in the Coaching and Consulting Focus Area Network. In the Coaching and Consulting FAN, you will find business and industry leaders, educators, students, coaches and entrepreneurs – bringing their perspectives to the conversation. This intersection of formal education and practitioner knowledge is critical for the leadership challenges of today and tomorrow. The world of leadership and management is changing rapidly, there is no one size fits all. The impact of technological and generational change on executive education, coaching, and consulting is why this FAN can contribute thought leadership to the conversation.
Ph.D. Candidate, Alvernia University
Instructor of Leadership Studies
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
The Student FAN is a group for students, moderated by students. Its purpose is to support students interested in leadership education. A newly established FAN, we welcome your ideas for how to begin building our community together. We aim to connect students to one another, to introduce you to mentors outside of your home institution, and to provide valuable resources to support your professional development.