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.

Registration is open for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Novak Leadership courses. See below for details and syllabi. 

Strategic Communication Leadership (7242) – Summer Online 

In this 8-week online course, students develop individual leadership skills and abilities 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 practical 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.

Instructor: Eleanor Farnen, M.A.

Credits: 3 hour

Eligibility: Open to graduate students only

Contact Eleanor Farnen at efarnen@mchsi.com for details.

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Strategic Communication Leadership (J4242/7242) 

In this 3-hour course, students develop individual leadership skills and abilities 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. The course culminates in a service-learning project for one of our nonprofit partners, Special Olympics Missouri. Note: Course is writing-intensive (WI) and satisfies curricular WI requirement.

Instructor: Brandon Butcher, M.A.

Credits: 3 hour

Eligibility: Open to juniors, seniors and graduate students

Course is full for fall 2020.

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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 juniors, seniors and graduate students

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

Instructor consent required. Apply here

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