Leadership Studies

Faculty In Focus

Check out the associations and activities that our faculty are involved in outside of USM!  


Faculty Research and Activities


The Montagu Project is an innovative global leadership initiative that partners faculty, students, and alumni from the University of Southern Maine with regional leaders in the Montagu area of South Africa. Most years, a group of undergraduate and graduate USM students travel to South Africa as part of a Leadership Study Abroad course. During their time there, they work alongside youth and young adults who have been specially selected by their communities as having leadership potential. A weeklong workshop takes them through an intensive appreciative Inquiry-based curriculum in which they examine their histories, their similarities and differences, and tools for leadership empowerment.

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The Random Acts organization encourages acts of kindness on a global scale. They provide networking opportunities and encourage those involved to change lives for the better. 


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Join one of our very own faculty Dr. Daniel Jenkins and his co-host Lauren Bullock by listening to their Leadership Educators podcast! They are leadership educators with 25+ years of experience in curricular and co-curricular leadership programs in higher education, they capture in dialogue questions from their peers and share knowledge and expertise on facilitating leadership learning. 


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Gamenamic was started by our very own Dr. Joseph Lasley and offers a unique combination of experience and expertise in leadership, group dynamics, and gaming through the combined use of tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons with leadership coaching and team development.


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Leadership Associations

The International Leadership Association (ILA) is the largest global community that is dedicated to leadership theory and practice. It brings together individuals from all walks of life across the globe to discuss and produce research, a deeper understanding of the world, and create contemporary insights into effective leadership. Every year USM Faculty and Students are highly involved in the ILA Annual Conference.



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Uplift LA will be a catalyst for our community through an active group of rising professionals in the Lewiston Auburn Area through collaboration with local nonprofits, businesses, and the education sector by providing opportunities for collaborative engagement, networking, professional growth, and forums for those who live, work or enjoy the area.


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"The Association of Leadership Educators (ALE) is a grassroots, volunteer organization that is personal, adaptable, inclusive, and collaborative. ALE believes that collaboration and dialogue are the keys to expanding the field of leadership and developing leadership capacity. As leadership educators, our work is based on empirical knowledge and practical experience and the association promotes educational initiatives that are strategically designed to support people, organizations, and communities."


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Questions? Please email usm.leadership.studies@maine.edu