Faculty Invited to Apply: “Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change” Online Course

As the coordinator of LCN’s Teaching Initiative, I’m excited to invite faculty to apply to participate in Professor Ganz’s online course Leadership, Organizing and Action (LOA): Leading Change. In addition to enrolling in the course, faculty will benefit from coaching to help them launch similar courses at their colleges/universities. Community college faculty are especially encouraged to apply! See the invitation below from Professor Ganz.
Dear College and University Faculty,
I’m writing to invite you to participate in my online course entitled Leadership, Organizing, and Action (LOA): Leading Change. LOA is an online version of the organizing class I teach at the Harvard Kennedy School. Developed with our executive education program, it is designed to support leaders of civic associations, advocacy groups, and social movements learn how to organize communities that can mobilize power to make change. We’re extending a special invitation to college and university faculty interested in launching a similar course at their colleges. Faculty at a number of colleges and universities are already making use of our unique pedagogy to teach versions of this course, so we see this as an opportunity to introduce this work to others who may have an interest in building upon it. One of the best ways to learn to teach a course is to take it, and in this case, benefit from coaching in curriculum development.

Courses in organizing practice can enable students – and teachers – to develop an urgently needed capacity for civic leadership – and contribute to creating cultures of active citizenship in the college as a whole. This pedagogy is currently being taught at the following institutions: Bunker Hill Community College, Harvard College, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Providence College, Syracuse University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Michigan, University of Toronto, University of the South, Wellesley College. Courses have been housed in a variety of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, political science, social work, public administration, and theology.

The online course involves identifying, recruiting, and developing leadership, organizing community around that leadership, and building power from the resources of that community. Taking a “head, heart and hands” approach, we link concepts, values and practice in a highly interactive setting. We encourage team participation. Participants build relationships, coach one another and learn together online and in their local communities.

In the past 5 years, 458 alumnus from 41 countries have completed the course, working in a wide array of fields, including education, health care, immigration rights, food justice, gender equality, union/workers rights, electoral campaigns, environmental justice, human rights and international relations. Join us!

To apply, or for more information on program dates, tuition, and curriculum, please visit the Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change web site.

Special Note to Instructors:

  • Should you decide to enroll you’ll be coached in an organizing project of your own.
  • The course requires about 10 hours/week for reading meetings, papers and your project so you may want to ask your administration for a course release. 
  • The application asks you about your organization. For these questions, please respond with information about your college/university.
  • Please indicate in your application that you learned about this opportunity through the Leading Change Network Teaching Initiative.
  • If you plan to apply, please email Shana Berger, coordinator of the LCN Teaching Initiative shana@leadingchangenetwork.org so that she can track faculty applicant numbers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call James Brockman, the Program’s Executive Director, at 617-496-6082 or send him an e-mail at james_brockman@hks.harvard.edu.

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