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

Permission numbers for registration will be distributed to students following acceptance. Applications will remain open until the courses are full.

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.

Instructor: Brandon Butcher, M.A. 

Credits: 3 hour

Eligibility: Open to MU juniors, seniors & graduate students

T/R,  3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

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Organizational Culture & Leadership (J4244/7244) 

In this 3-hour course, students develop effective approaches for leading in organizations and developing organizational culture through case studies, guest speakers, and experiential learning activities. They participate in leadership development teams throughout the semester culminating in an ethnography research project involving observation and interviews inside the walls of a real-world local business or organization.

Instructor: Eleanor Farnen, M.A. & Catey Terry, M.A.

Credits: 3 hour

Eligibility: Open to MU juniors, seniors & graduate students

T/R, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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Leading with Purpose (J4146/7146)

In this 1-hour course taught by Novak Leadership Institute Executive Director Dr. Margaret Duffy and MU College of Education Professor Leigh Neier, 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 and educators.

Instructors: Dr. Margaret Duffy & Dr. Leigh Neier

Credits: 1 hour (online via Zoom)

Eligibility: Open to MU juniors, seniors & graduate students

Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Class Session Dates: Aug 26, Sep 23, Oct 21, Nov 11, Dec 9

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