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Staff Leadership Programs

Opening Doors to New Opportunities

Staff members play an important role in meeting the college’s overall goals, and the CALS Leadership Office provides programs for their professional and leadership development. Partnerships with CALS Personnel, CALS Office of Diversity and Inclusion and others make these programs possible.

Individual to Leadership Program

Given the work and the responsibilities of our SHRA and non-faculty EHRA leaders, the CALS Leadership Office launched the Individual to Leader (i2L) Development Program for Managers and Supervisors in the spring of 2019. The i2L-Managers establishes a path in the College that builds the foundation for its pipeline of leaders while helping managers move from being an individual contributor to a leader responsible for the welfare and outcomes of their followers.

The goal of the i2L-Managers is to provide focused, in-depth developmental opportunities to strengthen and encourage leadership in participants. The program is divided into six, 2.5-hour sessions and offers training to assist supervisors who:

  • Are interested in both informal and formal leadership roles within the college or
    other areas of campus.
  • Have an interest in gaining insight into how they manage and lead so they can
    become more effective within their professional and personal roles.
  • Want to improve their efficiency in day-to-day management.
  • Desire to learn how to improve communication and conflict management skills.
  • Wish to be more effective with their team(s).
  • Are open to gaining self-awareness so they can become better leaders.
  • Aspire to serve as a positive role model for their staff.
  • Have the willingness to learn, stretch and grow their understanding of themselves
    and how they can best lead others.

Upcoming Sessions:  2020 Spring Individual to Leadership (i2L)

The 2020 Individual to Leadership (i2L) Spring Program is now accepting applications until Friday, February 28, 2020. To apply, please complete the online form at: Applicants will be notified by March 15, 2020 of their acceptance into the 2020 i2L Spring cohort as participation is limited to 16 people. If you need additional information, contact Dr. Rhonda Sutton, director of CALS Leadership Programs, at or by phone at 919.513.7029.

Contact CALS Leadership Office

Have questions about our leadership programs or how to take part? Call or email Rhonda Sutton, director of College Leadership Programs:

Rhonda Sutton, Ph.D.
Director of College Leadership Programs
CALS Leadership Office
Patterson Hall, 216
Campus Box 7602
Phone: 919-513-7029