How to Apply for Global Leadership Academy


The Global Leadership Academy application process involves three simple steps.

  1. Write a personal statement.
  2. Line up a reference.
  3. Complete our online application.

Applications will be accepted through 5pm CDT on Friday, September 25, 2015. We hope to announce the 2016 Cohort by the end of October.

Step One: Write a personal statement. Consider the three overall objectives of the Global Leadership Academy.

  1. Provide a comprehensive and grounded understanding of Webster in all its complexity.
  2. Develop and enhance leadership skills of faculty and staff at Webster.
  3. Create ambassadors to the communities Webster serves.

Select one of the objectives and in a one-page statement, detail your understanding of the objective and how your participation in the Global Leadership Academy would enhance the objective for yourself, your department, and the university as a whole. Be prepared to upload the statement when you fill out the application.

Step Two: Ask a colleague to write a statement of reference for you. This person does not have to be your supervisor.  Please provide them with this statement:

"Describe how the applicant would contribute to the group dynamics and group learning process if selected for the 2016 Global Leadership Academy Cohort. Please limit your response to 150 words or less."

Be prepared to upload this statement as you fill out the application. 

Step Three: Complete the online application.

Click here to complete the application


In your application we will ask for contact information for your direct supervisor, dean, or campus director. They will be asked to complete the following short questionnaire about your department's needs:

  • Consider your department's challenges and opportunities. Would this individual's participation in the Global Leadership Academy benefit your department?
  • Participation in the Global Leadership Academy requires three full weeks of sessions and seminars. Will your department be able to accommodate this individual's participation in the GLA?

Contact Us

For additional information about the Global Leadership Academy, please contact:

Laura Rein, Dean of University Libraries
Director of the Global Leadership Academy
(314) 968-7152 ~

Holly Hubenschmidt, Head of Library Instruction, Liaison, & Reference Services
Co-director of the Global Leadership Academy
(314) 246-8673 ~

Erik Palmore, Director of the Faculty Development Center
Co-director of the Global Leadership Academy
(314) 246-8648 ~ Or email us at

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Are you interested in being part of the next Global Leadership Academy cohort and developing skills necessary for successful leadership in higher education? Apply Today!

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