Launched in 2015, the New Directions for Student Leadership series “explores dimensions of the development of leadership in high school youth and college students to aid leadership educators who design educational courses and programs for students.” (Jossey-Bass, 2015). Series editors Dr. Kathy Guthrie and Dr. Susan Komives observe:

“The world today needs more and better leaders from all contexts able to work together on messy problems. We feel this New Directions series will provide current and relevant information for educators and administrators working with students of all ages to develop their leadership capacity and leader identity.”

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Heather Shea connects with Drs. Susan Komives, Kathy Guthrie, Josie Ahlquist, Corey Seemiller, and Dan Tillapaugh for a discussion about the series, including:

  • How do leadership educators conceive of and practice leadership pedagogy?
  • What dimensions of student leadership development require more intensive focus?
  • What practical skills and knowledge can leadership educators apply to further develop the students with whom they work?

Tune in to the free webcast on Wednesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. ET by visiting or return to this page to view the archived video. No advance registration is required. During the episode, follow along on the Twitter backchannel by tweeting to #HigherEdLive. Questions for panelists? Send them in advance of the episode to

For more information about the series, view these flyers.



Episode Host

Heather Shea

Heather Shea

Heather Shea's career in student affairs spans nearly two decades and five different campuses, and involves experience in many different functional areas including residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services–she identifies as a student affairs generalist. Heather is currently serving as the director of Women*s Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs at Michigan State University having just completed her Ph.D. in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2000. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heather_shea_


Dr. Susan Komives

Susan R. Komives is Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland. She is past president of CAS and ACPA; was vice president of two colleges; and is the author/editor of a dozen books including Student Services, Exploring Leadership, Leadership for a Better World, and the Handbook for Student Leadership Development. She is executive editor of the inaugural New Directions in Student Leadership series. She was a member of the teams that developed Learning Reconsidered, the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, the Relational Leadership Model, the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership, and the Leadership Identity Development grounded theory. She is co-founder of the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP) and a former member of the Board of Directors of ILA. Dr. Komives is a recipient of both the ACPA and NASPA outstanding research awards and the ACPA Life Time Achievement Award. Her fifty years in higher education are featured in the March-April issue of ACPA’s About Campus.


Dr. Kathy Guthrie

Kathy Guthrie has been in higher education for 15+ years, over 7 years as a student affairs practitioner and over 9 years as a faculty member. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Higher Education, Coordinator of the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies, and Director of the Leadership Learning Research Center at Florida State University. She researches, practices, and teaches in leadership development, where she has a strong purpose in awakening students’ passion to make a positive, sustainable change. Kathy has recent publications including co-editing a New Directions for Student Services in 2012 and in 2016 a New Directions for Student Leadership titled, “Developing Culturally Relevant Leadership Learning”. Kathy is the immediate past chair of the Leadership Scholarship Member Interest Group for the International Leadership Association. Every day Kathy works for a better world for her 3-year-old daughter, Kinley, who inspires her to be better. You can connect with her @kathylguthrie


Dr. Josie Ahlquist

Dr. Josie Ahlquist is a digital leadership educator, discovering the intersection of social communication technologies and leadership development in Higher Education. As an author, consultant and speaker she believes in challenging how higher education thinks about social media for community building, leadership development and student services. In addition, she serves as research associate and instructor at Florida State University. She blogs and podcasts at She received her EdD from California Lutheran University in Higher Education Leadership, Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University and majored in sociology and human development at South Dakota State University. She is a co-author in the Handbook of Student Affairs Administration textbook, writing the chapter on Computer-Mediated Communication and Social Media and is published in The Journal of Leadership Studies. Most recently she is a co-editor and author in New Directions in Student Services, “Engaging the Digital Generation”, as well as co-editor and author for the recently published New Directions in Student Leadership manuscript called “Going Digital in Student Leadership.”


Dr. Corey Seemiller

Dr. Corey Seemiller currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations at Wright State University teaching undergraduate courses in organizational leadership and graduate courses in leadership development. Prior to her role as a faculty member at Wright State University, Dr. Seemiller served as the Director of Leadership Programs and adjunct faculty/coordinator for the Minor in Leadership Studies and Practice at the University of Arizona and the Director of Leadership, Learning, and Assessment at OrgSync, Inc. She is the author of The Student Leadership Competencies Guidebook and associated tools to help educators develop intentional curriculum that enhances leadership competency development, and her newly released book, Generation Z Goes to College, aims to prepare college educators to best serve and develop Generation Z students.


Dr. Dan Tillapaugh

Dr. Dan Tillapaugh is an assistant professor of counselor education in the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University.  His research agenda explores intersectionality in student development, college men and masculinities, LGBTQ issues in higher education, and college student leadership and development.  He is the co-editor of the forthcoming issue of Critical Perspectives on Gender and Student Leadership in the New Directions for Student Leadership series.