David M. Rosch, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Formal programs designed to develop the leadership capacity of university students are almost ubiquitous on contemporary college campuses. Yet surprisingly, little rigorous research has been conducted on the shape and patterns of such student leadership development, and what research has been done shows only an ambiguous relationship between program participation and leadership growth.
Dr. Rosch coordinates the “Illinois Leader Lab” and has been engaged with these questions during his time as a faculty member at Illinois. This session will review some of the foundational findings conducted in Dr. Rosch’s lab, and focus on some of the current research questions engaging his work – including a study of the complex relationships between leadership skill, leader self-efficacy, motivation to lead, and social identity, and how easily measurement issues can significantly affect research findings when quantitatively measuring the effects of leadership programs on students.
Dr. Jennifer Delaney
Higher Education Collaborative and the Forum on the Future of Public Higher Education