Leadership Courses

SLC 101:01-Community Leadership
The purpose of this course is to encourage you to carefully analyze your responsibilities and commitments in the context of leadership for the common good and for purposeful change. You will come to understand the concept of relational leadership and how it differs from traditional leadership theories. The course includes the study of leadership as well as the application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills. You will also develop your own leadership potential through the completion of personal and leadership self-assessments, values exploration, and leadership skill applications through course activities.

Course Learning Outcomes:  
Students successfully completing this course will be able to:
  • Define leadership in a relational context and be able to discuss the different components of the Relational Leadership Model
  • Analyze the Relational Leadership Model and determine how to adapt it to their own philosophy of leadership
  • Identify sources of power and examine how these are evident in the organizations to which they belong
  • Analyze existing processes in organizations or systems to which they belong and evaluate how they reflect effectiveness, inclusiveness, empowerment, and ethics
  • Consider their own practice as leaders and evaluate their use of relational leadership

NOTE: Freshman students residing with the Leadership Impact Village are required to take this one-credit course Fall Semester.

Faculty:  Dr. Anna L. Patton
Office Location:  Bowen 100B
Office Phone: 919-515-6274


SLC 250-001 Critical & Creative Decision Making Models
This course is open to all undergraduate students. It is designed for students who want to learn and to think critically and creatively when making decisions by taking into consideration a variety of decision making models across disciplines. Throughout the course, students will be presented a variety of decision making processes, as well as five models on decision-making across disciplines to consider when addressing different problems. Questions will be asked of students in a way that will foster critical and creative thinking in order to analyze, process, and identify effective ways for approaching a problem or situation. Students will be asked to reflect on how the way the decisions were made may or may not apply to the their majors.

NOTE: The course is required for the Leadership: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives Minor.

Faculty: Dr. Deborah Acker
Office: 919-513-0150


SLC 300: Leading With An Ethical Perspective

Students will explore personal and professional aspects of ethical leadership perspectives. They can look at ethical perspectives from a general overview, or they can choose to focus on ethical perspectives within their specific field, such as: business, entrepreneurship, engineering, or athletics. Students will use a variety of ethical frameworks to analyze ethical situations and how values held by leaders and organizations result in ethical impacts and outcomes. The course will address philosophical origins of ethical frameworks and how they relate to the current business and societal environment. Primary focus will be on supporting students in identifying their personal values and developing a values-based plan for their individual leadership style to help them succeed as a values-based leader in their fields.

Course Objectives/ Goals 

Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Differentiate approaches of different ethical perspectives.
  • Identify and apply elements of two or more ethical frameworks.
  • Construct and apply aspects of their own ethical leadership process.
Student Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Identify and apply ethical leadership perspectives to dimensions of personal and professional conduct.
  • Identify and apply essential elements that shape ethical situations for leaders.
  • Apply frameworks on ethics, values, and choices to support effective identification and resolution of ethical issues in personal and professional business situations.
  • Analyze and critique aspects of ethical leadership at individual and organizational levels.
  • Formulate philosophical constructs and concrete actions steps to enable ethical leadership processes in current business and societal environments.
Faculty: Dr. Myra Moses
Office: 919-513-2790


SLC 450: Applied Leadership Skill-Building within an Internship Experience

This course provides an opportunity for students to gain practical leadership skills and knowledge that will be transferrable to the student’s academic and career goals. A minimum of 150 hours over the equivalence of a semester period will receive three credit hours for the experience. The student is responsible for arranging the internship experience. The Coordinator for Shelton Leadership Courses (SLC) will need to approve the experience prior to the start date. To gain approval, a student must submit the completed SLC 450 contract and have it approved by his/her internship experience supervisor, academic advisor and the SLC 450 coordinator. In addition to the work described in the contract, a student will complete a series of reflective assignments related to the experience.

Student Learning Outcomes
After completing SLC 450, students should be able to:
  • Describe the framework of the experience and his/her specific role in that experience.
  • Describe the professional competencies and knowledge he/she developed or deepened through the experience.
  • Explain how he/she applied his/her formal academic experiences to the SLC 450 experience.
  • Examine and articulate how the experience contributes to his/her achievement of academic or career goals.
Course Schedule

There are no set meeting times for SLC 450 beyond the scheduled due dates for assignments. The work schedule is by agreement between the student and his/her experience supervisor. A minimum of 150 hours, over the equivalence of a semester period, will receive three credit hours. This does not include time spent on the assignments submitted through Moodle. Due dates for assignments are provided on the course Moodle site and will be set at the beginning of the semester.

Faculty: Dr. Deborah Acker
Office: 919-513-0150