Pedagogy and Professional Development

Transformational Leadership Academy: Creating a Programmatic Infrastructure for Student Success

  • Christy Crutsinger (University of North Texas)
  • Jana M Hawley (University of North Texas)


The Transformational Leadership Academy provides a college-level infrastructure to develop leaders who are inspirational, visionary, collaborative, and resourceful.  The goal of this cohort-based program is to bridge the gap between the classroom and the corporate boardroom through strategic, industry-aligned programming. The academy is founded on three pillars:  Learn, Lead, and Connect. Using a personalized approach students map their own leadership journey through networking, industry mentoring, workshops, book discussions, service learning, and numerous other points of engagement. Beyond the immediate benefits to students and industry, faculty also leverage the academy in their grantsmanship efforts, providing an innovative infrastructure for their research. 

Keywords: leadership, professional development, mentoring

How to Cite:

Crutsinger, C. & Hawley, J. M., (2022) “Transformational Leadership Academy: Creating a Programmatic Infrastructure for Student Success”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi:

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Published on
31 Dec 2022
Peer Reviewed