SAGE Most Publishable
Leadership Education Paper

SAGE Publishing is pleased to be the sponsor of the "Most Publishable Leadership Education Paper" award. SAGE awards the winners with a cash prize to cover their attendance at ILA's Annual Global Conference.

Congratulations to Steven B. Davis and John M. Hinck,
Winners of the 2020 SAGE Most Publishable Leadership  Education Paper!

Be sure to attend their session on Sunday, 8 November from 17:15 to 18:30 EST. 

Re-Operationalizing and Measuring Impact of a Leader Development Course
This paper re-operationalizes the term “impact” and measures impact of a leader development course in military education. Impact is defined in a three-part way: area of impact (what topics were most effective in instruction), level of impact (how topics will be applied in the future), and depth of impact (why the course was effective). Based on qualitative analysis of 398 surveys, the depth of impact rests in a deliberately-constructed ecosystem of interconnectedness between the human microsystem and six overlapping elements of an exosystem. The system of relationships is depicted in a new model called the “Student Experience Ecosystem”.  

Steven B. Davis

Assistant Professor of Leadership, United States Air Force
Areas of Specialization: Instructional Methods and Pedagogy, Modern German History, War and Society

Steven works with the Eaker Center for Leadership Development and teaches the Leader Development Course for Squadron Command, where he co-leads the Faculty Development Program. He also teaches in the Leadership Horizons Program at Air War College and offers electives at the Air Command and Staff College. Steven received his PhD in History from Texas A&M University and has published articles on designing leadership development programs as well as 20th Century Central European history and society. He is the 2019 Eaker Center Researcher of the Year.

John M. Hinck

Assistant Professor of Leadership, Air University, United States Air Force
Areas of Specialization: Leadership Development, Organizational Change, and Executive/Leadership Coaching

John works with the Eaker Center for Leadership Development and teaches the Leader Development Course for Squadron Command. He directs the Leadership Horizons Program for the Air War College, oversees the Coaching Certification Program and co-leads the Faculty Development Program. After retiring from the Army, John received his PhD in leadership studies from the University of San Diego, and is a board-certified executive/leadership coach. He has published books and articles on leadership, coaching, communication, and designing leadership development programs. He is the 2019 Civilian of the Year for Air Education and Training Command, Air University and Eaker Center and the 2020 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award. 

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