Courses

The Novak Leadership Institute offers a variety of courses designed to inspire and empower the world’s future leaders in their professional careers. Novak Leadership courses allow students to combine strategic communication knowledge with practical skills and experience in the areas of personal leadership development, organizational leadership, entrepreneurship & innovation, and service.

Applications for spring 2021 Novak Leadership Institute courses are now open! Apply for each individual course via the links below.

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 1, 2020

Strategic Communication Leadership (J4242/7242) 

In this course students develop individual leadership skills and the mindset of helping others achieve their goals. Students work in leadership development teams throughout the semester to learn how to lead oneself and others through hands-on projects, exercises and discussions. Students apply David Novak’s industry-tested leadership program to their own personal goals and learn how “thinking like a marketer” can make you a more effective leader.

Note: Course is writing-intensive (WI) and satisfies curricular WI requirement.

Instructors: Dr. Jeannette Porter & Catey Terry, M.A.

Credits: 3 hour

Eligibility: Open to juniors, seniors and graduate students

T/R,  3:30 – 4:45pm

Instructor Consent Required: Apply Here

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Entrepreneurial Leadership & Innovation (J4246/7246) 

This course introduces students to an entrepreneurial approach to solving problems within their organizations and communities using the framework of human-centered design and the principles of Taking People With You. Students learn the process of design thinking and work in teams to develop a startup venture. At the end of the semester students present to a panel of industry professionals and entrepreneurs in a formal pitch competition. This hands-on project is supplemented by online discussions, readings and guest lectures from industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Students will gain an entrepreneurial mindset and leave this course better prepared to work for a startup, pursue freelance opportunities, lead innovation efforts within existing organizations, or launch their own venture.

Instructor: Brandon Butcher, M.A.

Credits: 3 hour

Eligibility: Open to juniors, seniors and graduate students

T/R, 11am – 12:15pm

Instructor Consent Required: Apply Here

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Leading with Purpose (J4146/7146)

In this 1-hour course taught by MU Provost Dr. Latha Ramchand and Novak Leadership Institute Executive Director Dr. Margaret Duffy, students explore readings and discussions of contemporary leadership literature in a book club format. This course will help you critically evaluate and apply the latest ideas in leadership alongside driven peers with insight from experienced University administrators.

Instructors: Dr. Latha Ramchand & Dr. Margaret Duffy

Credits: 1 hour

Eligibility: Open to juniors, seniors and graduate students

Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:45pm

8-week course (Mar 3 – Apr 21)

Instructor consent required. Apply Here

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The following course was developed to accommodate non-Journalism students in an effort to expand our offerings. Our goal is to share the powerful ideas of taking people with you leadership with more and more students across the UM System. If you are a current or future Journalism or Strategic Communication student, please select from one of the three courses listed above (and do not apply for the course below).

Practical Leadership: Effective Communication & Human Relations (J2301)

The 8-week course offers practical and proven strategies to help you become a more effective communicator, develop your people skills and relationships, enhance your self-confidence and prepare you for success whatever your career aspirations might be—starting right away! Rooted in principles of ethical persuasion and strategic communication, the course will help you develop individual leadership skills and the mindset of helping others achieve their goals.

Instructors: Dr. Margaret Duffy & Eleanor Farnen, M.A.

Credits: 3 hours

Eligibility: Open to all non-Journalism majors

M/W, 9:30 – 10:45 (online)

​​​​​​​8-week course (March 15 – May 7)

Instructor consent required. Apply Here

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