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Leadership Studies Partnerships

Leadership Studies—the partnership between UTK faculty, academic/student life administrators, and student leader educators—reflects a shared set of values, vision, and mission that uniquely prepare University of Tennessee students through seamless experiential leadership education.

This approach is more than a curricular or co-curricular; it is an acknowledgement that a meta-curricular community facilitates the 21st century college student’s leadership education. This community of educators’ coaches increasingly career-ready self-authored personally and socially responsible leaders through intentionally structured and progressively complex learning experiences.


  • Authenticity
  • Equity
  • Ethical behavior
  • Collegial partnership
  • Universal inclusivity


  • Be respectful, inclusive and behaviorally just
  • Cultivate informed self- authorship
  • Act in service to others at the university and beyond
  • Demonstrate systemic and organizational thinking and action
  • Commit to access of leadership education for all
  • Strive for interpersonal and contextual
  • consciousness and responsive behavior
  • Recognize that students learn by coached “doing”


  • Karen D. Boyd, ELPS Undergraduate Leadership Studies Coordinator, Associate Professor of Practice
  • Sam Tawayhah, ELPS Administrative Specialist for Leadership Studies

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Faculty

Student Life and Academic Services Offices