The STAR Leadership program couples the intentional integration of leadership studies into the existing instructional environments for all students. Students get multiple opportunities to develop and practice skills as scientists and leaders.
Philosophy of Instructional Development
The guiding philosophy of the STAR Leadership program is that all thoughtful and scientifically trained people are called to lead at some point in their lives, and should be prepared to do so. The program defines leadership as the dynamic interplay of the awareness of self and others, the ability to influence with or without authority, and commitment to the learning environment. Leadership is demonstrated through five key behaviors: interpersonal effectiveness, problem solving, collaborative work, foresight and planning, and moral consciousness. A key principle of this program is that leadership behaviors should be taught and practiced by complete integration into course content and the learning environment.
The Instructional Collection
Instructional materials developed by faculty participating in the STAR leadership program are available below. The materials are developed for a variety of courses and learning environments. Use the links to see the activities as a list of abstracts or listed by behavior, leadership theory, and course level.
All Abstracts | Leadership Behavior | Leadership Theory | Course Level
Please email John Richarson, Director, with any inquiries about teaching resources.
The STEM Teaching and Research (STAR) Leadership program enthusiastically endorses the noncommercial use of our instructional collection and accompanying materials. Use of our materials must adhere to our policies outlined below.
As the copyright holder, Austin College, encourages educational, noncommercial, use of our materials. All of our instructional material may be used under the Creative Commons Attribution-noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. Work may be used/shared in any format and adaptation for alternative needs. The license requires:
- Attribution - Appropriate written attribution must be given to all authors, listed in each individual write-up, the STAR Leadership Program, and Austin College.
- Noncommercial - Material may not be used for any commercial purposes, including but not limited to, being included in published textbooks.
- Share Alike - If the work is transformed or built upon, that material must be distributed under the same licenses.
Copyright for all instructional materials included in this website is held by Austin College. Authorship is clearly indicated in each instructional writeup. Sources for materials which are not completely original are referenced appropriately.
Leadership Behavior Rubrics
Assessment of the STAR Leadership Program is based on evaluating our student's leadership behaviors. Common rubrics, linked below, are used for all evaluations of student's behavior. It is useful to look at the rubrics before developing instructional material.
Rubrics were developed by minimally modifying the American Association of Colleges and Universities's VALUE Rubrics (Finley and Rhodes 2013, Rhodes 2010, Sullivan 2015)