LEAD Scholars Academy

Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistants will have the opportunity to work with various aspects of the LEAD Scholars Academy office. The department has an opportunity for a graduate student interested in working in higher education in the area of leadership development. Graduate students will work approximately 10-20 hours a week based on the selected candidate’s experience and/or interests. Possible job responsibilities are listed below for the assistantship position:

  • Work collaboratively with the Assistant and Associate Directors to develop, implement and assess leadership programs for identified cohorts of students and communicate with students and community members who are involved in leadership mentor programs.
  • Collect and organize student data accumulated through research, surveys and focus groups.
  • Facilitate leadership programming for the LEAD Scholars Academy.
  • Develop new programming to enhance the development of UCF students interested in leadership education.
  • Assist in coordination in all aspects of the REEL Retreat, a pre-college leadership experience for incoming first year students.
  • Work as an advisor to the Leadership Excellence Board to actively recruit prospective students into LEAD Scholars through open houses, high school recruitment initiatives, interviews, and application reviews.
  • Work as an advisor for the LEAD Student’s Association developing individual and group leadership opportunities.
  • Coordinate the graduation and alumni reception at the end of the spring semester.
  • Work with the LEAD Scholars alumni.
  • Assist with new programs, initiated and funded by SGA, focusing on leadership issues for underrepresented populations.
  • GAs will have the opportunity to teach various leadership and social change topics such as social justice, spiritual development, animal rights, environmental issues, homelessness and hunger, youth and advocacy, campus leadership and gender issues, etc. They will have several options to choose from, based on their experience and the needs of the program.
  • GAs will be able to co-teach or assist an instructor on record, in the classroom environment, and will be actively engaged in facilitating class discussions, grading assignments, assisting students outside of class, and preparing/executing lesson plans.

Graduate Assistant Requirements

  • Must be accepted or enrolled in a UCF graduate studies program.
  • Must be able to commit 2 years as a Graduate Assistant in the Student Leadership Development program
  • Must be able to work some weekends and evenings including 1 over-night retreat in the fall semester

LEAD Scholars Faculty

Adjunct Instructors will have the opportunity to teach 1st and 2nd year LEAD Scholars and Leadership Studies Minor and Certificate students. Using the Social Change Model of leadership, instructors will develop students’ leadership knowledge and skills as well as increase their awareness of personal values and integrity.

The Social Change Model is a contemporary development model that incorporates a strong emphasis on community engagement as a learning tool, while also providing the community with needed social change agents. Through the course of four semesters, students will have the opportunity to identify their leadership strengths and style, while also learning about the world we live in and how they might contribute to making the world a better place. These are lofty goals no doubt, but with the exceptional students who are selected for this program, combined with excellent instruction, we believe it will be successful.

The LEAD Scholars Academy is always seeking instructors to fill vacant classes for both fall and spring semesters. Instructors will be selected for a 2 credit course based on experience and /or interest. Classes include:

  • LDR 2001 Foundations of Leadership
  • LDR 2002 Intermediate Leadership
  • LDR 3215 Advanced Leadership
  • LDR 3950 Leadership Capstone

Adjunct Instructor Requirements

Applicants must have an earned masters degree in an appropriate discipline (student personnel, education administration, counselor education, public administration, etc.) or 18 graduate hours in leadership or a closely related field. All of the classes are taught during the day so UCF Supervisor approval/release time would be required.


Application Instructions

Interested applicants may submit a cover letter and resume highlighting experience in Leadership Development/Education to leadscholarsacademy@ucf.edu. Once the application is submitted, applicants may be contacted to speak with LSA office staff members in an interview. When the interview is complete, applicants will be reviewed and evaluated by the selection committee. A letter or an email regarding the program’s decision will be sent within three weeks of the interview. For more information about the position, please contact us.

*note If you are an incoming HEPS Student planning to participate in the Dillon Burleson Higher Education and Policy Studies Visiting Days, you may submit your resume and cover letter to ucfhepsvisit@gmail.com.