Office of International Programs

Travel- Global ILA Conference

International Leadership Association Global Conference 2018 - West Palm Beach, FL

Travel: October 24-27, 2018

*While the travel portion is October 24-27, the course meets three times during fall semester

LOS 571 (3 credits)

Conferences offer multiple opportunities to socialize attendees in the broad professional and academic discourses. They also offer exciting opportunities for participants to exchange new and emerging ideas, spaces to know one another, and even to make commitments for future projects. In this course students will attend the International Leadership Association (ILA) conference along with pre- and post-class sessions to become familiar with one academic culture related to Leadership & Organizational Studies. Students will have multiple opportunities to ask questions related to professional development and conference participation in general. Finally, students will engage with the conference theme (e.g., Leadership in Turbulent Times) through conference participation, class dialogues, and assignments. Students will reflect on various leadership issues related to practicing inclusive leadership. Cr 3. 

Please note that this class takes place over the course of the entire fall semester, with travel occurring in October. In addition to being an active participant at the conference, students are expected to attend three class meetings--two prior to the conference and one after--and participate in online coursework.  Additionally, students may attend the class meetings in-person on our Portland campus or online via synchronous web conferencing. This program is intended for grad students who will not have conflicts with other courses during the travel portion of the program.

Please email Dan Jenkins at for more information.



Dan Jenkins, Ph.D., is Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Studies at USM. Dan received his doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction (Higher Education Administration) as well as an M.A. in Political Science from the University of South Florida, and a B.S. in Communication Studies from The Florida State University. Over the past decade, Dan has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Leadership, Organizational Theory, Technology, Political Science, and Research Methods. Dan is a past chair of the ILA Leadership Education MIG and co-chair of the ILA Leadership Education Academy.


The priority application deadline is May 1st and the final deadline is August 1st.

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor
  • Official copy of USM transcript

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Tuition and Fees

The estimated program fee is $1,200-1,400 + airfare + tuition. The program fee includes accommodation and conference registration. The program fee does not include the cost of tuition or airfare.

Additional costs:

-graduate tuition and fees for three credit

-airfare estimate: $200-400

-spending money for meals, etc.


Not included in the program fee is the cost of tuition, fees, books, academic supplies, airfare, most meals, or personal expenses. All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The $200 deposit will go towards the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due according to a payment plan - TBA.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal financial aid and loans are available to matriculated students who participate in travel courses. If financial aid does not cover the full cost of the program, students are responsible for paying the remaining balance according to the payment plan schedule.

Students may want to consider applying for the Graduate Student Professional Development Fund if the application window is open.

Include the costs of this course in your FAFSA application. If you have questions about financial aid or completing your FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office at (207) 780-4166. If you are not a matriculated student at USM, please check with the financial aid office at your institution.