Leadership Coursework

LEAD 260 - Foundations of Leadership - Spring 2023

Explore the world of leadership theories and their practical application in this dynamic course. Students delve into the intricacies of leadership, crafting their personal philosophy, enhancing their skills, and maintaining a portfolio to document their leadership journey. This course also delves into crucial aspects like diversity, ethics, and the dynamics of leadership and follower roles. Learn more about LEAD 260 and its curriculum in Illinois' course catalog.

Jennifer Smist 

Teaching Assistant Professor

Coordinator, Minor in Leadership Studies

LEAD 260 Instructor

Student Review Quotes:

"Dr. Smist is amazing, like LEAD140 and LEAD260. She has a very clear rubric for every assignment, which are diverse formats. All those activities, writings, and discussions are helpful for understanding and applying materials we learn in the modules."

- LEAD170, May 15, 2021

"Professor Smist is very passionate about leadership teaching, and she gives lots of opportunities for activities to develop leadership skills...Such a helpful and friendly professor."

- LEAD260, Dec 21, 2020

About Dr. Jennifer Smist:

Dr. Jennifer Smist is a Teaching Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the Minor in Leadership Studies at the University of Illinois. Her passion for leadership education and personal and interpersonal development shines through in her teaching. With a Ph.D. in Education Organization and Leadership, Dr. Smist is well-equipped to guide students in their journey to address complex challenges and unlock their leadership potential.

In addition to her teaching role, Dr. Smist is involved in coordinating the ALEC 393 course, where students earn academic credit for internships in agricultural leadership, education, and communications. Her dedication extends to undergraduate recruitment coordination, helping prospective students explore the ALEC program.

Dr. Smist has contributed to various publications and is an active member of the academic community. Her commitment to leadership education and development is evident through her work and the positive impact she has on her students.

For more information or to get in touch with Dr. Jennifer Smist, see here.

Sample Work from LEAD 260 - Exam 1

Exam 1