Everyone must work to live, but the purpose of life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. –Albert Schweitzer

»Chapman University’s Leadership Studies Minor

The leadership studies minor at Chapman University aspires to exemplify the institution’s commitment to "Building character; transforming lives." The leadership training program offers a unique opportunity for Chapman students to enhance their understanding and practice of leadership, emphasizing not only preparation for work, but education for life. By blending classroom learning and theory with hands-on experiential exercises and fieldtrips, students have ample opportunities to apply their leadership skills in real-world situations.

Our innovative faculty are dedicated to bringing out the best in their students, inspiring profound and lasting learning and creating a genuine spirit of community which pervades the program. The leadership minor is a perfect fit for students seeking a practical and relevant complement to their chosen major while fulfilling numerous general education (GE) objectives. It is particularly appropriate for students motivated to make a positive difference in those around them through their lives and work. Students who share a desire and passion to learn... to lead... to serve

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  • Our leadership training promotes four key learning outcomes:

    • An understanding of the theory and practice of leading as a way of serving and values-based leadership
    • Increased self-awareness (leading as a way of both being and doing)
    • How to leverage individual differences and unite around a common purpose to create high-performing teams
    • Critical thinking, ethical practice and social responsibility
  • View the Leadership Minor Program Requirements (.pdf)

    *View the catalog requirements

  • Admission to the programIs by nomination only.  Interested students who have completed one semester (15 credits) and are in good academic standing are encouraged to contact Dr. Kim Padulo or Mark Maier with any questions.  Applications are accepted at any time, but notification of acceptance to the program occurs during two cycles:  Fall applications are due by September 15 for notification by October 1.  Interterm/Spring applications are due by February 15 for notification by March 1.  For the application to be complete, a student must have BOTH the nomination and the application submitted before the deadline.  The forms for nomination and application are linked here:

    To nominate a student please fill out a LEAD Nomination form (.doc)

    To apply please fill out the LEAD Application form (.doc)

    Send applications and nominations to Kim Padulo at kpadulo@chapman.edu

  • Dr. Mark Maier (Ph.D in Social Organization and Social Change- Sociology, Cornell University) is the Program Director for the Leadership Studies Minor.  He served as founding chair of Chapman's Organizational Leadership Programs from 1994-2002, and guided the program's ascension to national prominence when it garnered The Outstanding Leadership Program Award from the Association of Leadership Educators, a national consortium of leadership development experts from academia as well as the public and private sector.  He came to Chapman in 1994 to inaugurate its undergraduate and graduate programs in leadership, on the strength of his role creating one of the first academic programs devoted to leadership in the nation, the Leadership and Organization Studies Program at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton (1986-1994).


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  • Dr. Maier can be reached at mmaier@chapman.edu or by phone at 714.628.7316. Students and prospective students are also invited to contact Mark at home c/o 714.279.0829.

    Students may also schedule an appointment to discuss the leadership studies program with Mark by contacting Kelly McCuen at kmccuen@chapman.edu or by calling 714.997.6788.