Luoma Leadership Academy Program Description

The Luoma Leadership Academy provides theories, practices, skills and experience needed to help participants lead effectively in their departments, colleges and universities, and throughout the Minnesota State system.  It was named for Trustee Emeritus Jim Luoma, a strong proponent of leadership development opportunities. This inclusive program focuses on leadership at all levels in the organization, with the strategy of creating a dialogue leading to discovery, new knowledge, innovation, and ultimately, to both individual and organizational transformation. The Luoma Leadership Academy is supported and endorsed by Minnesota State, in cooperation with The Chair Academy.

Who Should Attend?
Individuals aspiring for future leadership positions, or those in current leadership positions who want to improve their leadership skills. Staff at all levels could be eligible, including department and faculty deans, directors, managers, administrators, individual contributors, and faculty.  Enrollment in each cohort is limited to 54 participants, who are chosen by a committee selection process. 

Program Design
The program takes place over one year, using cohort learning, team projects and individual assignments that allow participants to thoroughly understand, internalize, and apply leadership concepts and skills. The program provides high quality, cost-effective leadership development, grounded in sound theoretical leadership concepts, principles, and practices.

Four basic criteria are incorporated in the design and delivery:

  • Active engagement of participants
  • Meaningful and relevant curriculum content
  • Useful and applicable learning in the job setting
  • Measurable training outcomes.

Program Elements

  • Two week-long residential leadership development sessions – Held at Oak Ridge conference center in Chaska, July 14-19, 2019 and July 12-17, 2020. Participants must commit to staying on site for both sessions.
  • A year-long practicum – Includes leadership assessments and reflection activities, with support and guidance provided by participant-selected mentors and program coaches. Participants will complete a set of leadership assessments prior to the first week-long program, midway through the year, and after completion. 360-degree evaluation surveys will evaluate participant growth and development over an 18-month period.
  • Action Learning Project – Teams of 5-8 participants address an identified problem or issue that will benefit an institution, cross-disciplinary group, or the entire system. Teams will research the issue throughout the year, and present recommendations to their executive sponsors at the end of the program. Participants should plan to spend a minimum of 16 hours per month working on the project. View Action Learning Projects of past cohorts.

  • Individualized Professional Development Plan (IPDP) – Participants develop and implement individualized action plans (IPDPs) to address the leadership topics and skills covered in Week 1. Participants expand their IPDP to include the other leadership topics covered during Week 2. 

  • Mentoring Program – Participants choose a college mentor who provides support, guidance, and feedback regarding their IPDP. In addition, an Academy liaison and coach provides further guidance and support. Participants also select a “Program Buddy” for peer support during their practicum experience. 

  • Reflective Practice and Journaling – During the practicum experience, participants are encouraged to reflect upon their work experience and their IPDP on a regular basis. Reflection helps them to establish a benchmark journal of where they are now, determine what they have learned from their leadership activities/experiences, and what they will do as a transformational leader in the future. 

  • Participant Connections – Participants can engage in on-going dialogue with fellow participants through the Academy listserv, as well as a Sharepoint site hosted by the Minnesota State system office.  Upon completion, participants are invited to annual professional development gatherings hosted by Minnesota State. 

  • Leadership Surveys – Using online 360 degree evaluation tools, the program surveys evaluate participant growth and development and are measured using pre-, interim-, and post-leadership instruments. These evaluations are measured over an 18-month period of time.    

  • Academy Certificate of Completion – Each graduate of the program receives a framed Certificate of Completion listing the program competencies as well as an Academy Leadership pin, recognizing their efforts and successful attainment of program competencies

Program Costs

Registration fee of $4,250 includes food/lodging for the two residential workshops, program facilitation, coaching, assessments and materials. Participants’ sponsoring institutions will be responsible for any additional expenses, such as mileage.  

Registration fees will be due on or before July 8, 2019, and can be split between FY19 and FY20 if needed for budgeting purposes.