Leadership Scholarship Member Interest Group (LSMIG)

Who are we?
A community for seasoned and new scholars and researchers from all disciplines and fields of study that creates opportunities to share research and theories, encourages rigor and relevance, and fosters collaboration.

What are our current priorities?
  • Engaging in discussion within ILA on the meaning of rigor and relevance within those doing research and scholarship on topics of leadership.
  • More comprehensively engaging scholars within ILA in submitting and reviewing LSMIG paper submissions for the international conference.
  • Working with ILA staff to provide opportunities for thought and discussion on the meaning of rigor and relevance within leadership-focused scholarship through the ILA newsletter, The Member Connector
How can ILA members be involved?
Are you engaged in leadership-oriented scholarship, research, and writing? Submit a paper to be reviewed for presentation at the next conference or volunteer to blind review submitted papers – these reviews make the Scholarship-affiliated program sessions at the conference as impactful as they are.

Are you an emerging scholar of leadership? At every international conference, the LSMIG hosts an "Emerging Scholar" poster session to provide younger scholars the opportunity to connect with senior leadership scholars for advice and relationship-building conversations.

Submit a proposal to an upcoming Building Leadership Bridges book series Practice your own scholarship and better inform the field of your ideas and thoughts!

How to Affiliate With This Community
ILA members who affiliate with a MIG receive occasional emails of interest from their MIG leaders including volunteer openings, updates on MIG initiatives, and opportunities to provide feedback. To affiliate/join: log in to this profile update form, scroll down and "Edit Your ILA Member Community Settings." Make sure to click Submit at the bottom of the page in order to save your changes.

Contact ILA's membership team at membership@ila-net.org with any general questions about ILA's member communities.


Andrew Wefald earned a BS in History from Iowa State University, an MBA in Marketing from Kansas State University, and a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University. Andrew also worked in industry for eight years in between his MBA and PhD, first at an educational publishing company, then at a large telecommunications company. Andrew also started and ran a small business while working on his PhD. Andrew loves music and goes to lots of concerts and is taking pop and jazz guitar lessons. He has also been involved in martial arts for most of his life and is a 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Andrew has two daughters, three step-kids, and two dogs. ×


Kathy L. Guthrie serves as an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The Florida State University. In addition to teaching in the Higher Education Program, she also coordinates the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies, which is a partnership between the Department and the Center for Leadership and Social Change. Her research focuses on the learning outcomes and environment of leadership education, and the use and role of technology on teaching and learning. Guthrie currently serves as Associate Editor of the New Directions in Student Leadership series. Recently she has co-edited a New Directions in Student Services sourcebook, and co-authored a monograph, Cultivating Leader Identity and Capacity in Students from Diverse Backgrounds, as well as authored refereed journal articles in the Journal of Leadership Education and Journal of Leadership Studies.

Within the ILA, Guthrie has been active on committees within the Leadership Education MIG, including the Creative Conference committee. She has also served in a variety of capacities in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and Association of College Personnel Administrators, and as a Co-lead Facilitator for LeaderShape, Inc. Over the course of her career, she has been honored with awards including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators' Contributions to Student Affairs through Teaching in 2010, Seminole Faculty Award in 2011, Association of College Personnel Administrators' Emerging Scholar in 2012, and the Inaugural College Teaching Award for the College of Education at Florida State University in 2014. Guthrie received her Ph.D. in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ×




Kathleen Callahan serves as a Lecturer of Leadership Studies in the Department for Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University. Her research focuses on youth leadership and international student affairs leadership. Callahan currently serves as a Co-Editor for a 2017 special edition of the Journal of Student Affairs Africa (JSAA). Additionally, she serves as an adjunct faculty member for the William & Mary Higher Education program.

Callahan received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University and served as the advisor for the Florida State Undergraduate Leadership Certificate program. She has volunteered with NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education for over 10 years as Historian for her Region as well as working with the International Education Knowledge Community. While still new to ILA, she is looking forward to working with colleagues around the world and engaging in leadership scholarship with dedicated professionals. Callahan received her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida and B.A. in Sociology from North Carolina State University as well as working for four years at Winthrop University as a Residential Learning Coordinator/Academic Associate for University College and teaching leadership with the Vice President for Student Life. ×


Natalie Coers joined the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Florida in Fall 2010 after receiving her Master of Agricultural Leadership degree from the University of Georgia and B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Natalie's work at UF involves two programs: the CALS Leadership Institute and CALS Teaching Resource Center. Her interests include student leadership development through international service experiences, program development, and teaching/learning practices. Natalie has been a member of the ILA since 2007 and is excited to be serving in the capacity of Team Lead for the Resources Team of the Leadership Education MIG! ×

Leadership Scholarship MIG Community Teams

Conference Creative Team
The Conference Programming Team is responsible for creating innovative and exciting programming for the Leadership Scholarship community at the ILA Annual Global Conferences.

Scholar Engagement Team
The Scholar Engagement Team works to create, coordinate, and implement experiences throughout the year that serve and involve Leadership Scholarship MIG members fostering active engagement and connection in between conferences. ×