Necessary Leadership Educator Competencies for Entry-level Student Affairs Leadership Educators Academic Article uri icon


  • Recent research has shown that student affairs practitioners are characterized as leadership educators by experts in their field, but leadership education traditionally is not part of a student affairs preparatory program, nor is leadership education a commonly discussed professional competency. Using two simultaneous Delphi panels, Group A: Student Affairs Practitioners/Managers (n=17) and Group B: Student Affairs Preparatory Program Faculty/Directors (n=20), this study sought to ascertain the competencies required of entry-level student affairs leadership educators. Between the two panels, 128 unique competencies were identified. Four recommendations are provided to strengthen the professional development of student affairs leadership educators.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Leadership Education

author list (cited authors)

  • Dunn, A. L., Moore, L. L., Odom, S. F., Briers, G. E., & Bailey, K. J.

complete list of authors

  • Dunn, Allison L||Moore, Lori L||Odom, Summer F||Briers, Gary E||Bailey, Krista J

publication date

  • April 2021