An International Research Program;
An International Movement
The MSL is an international research program focused on understanding the influences of higher education in shaping socially responsible leadership capacity & other leadership related outcomes (e.g., efficacy, cognitive skills, resiliency).
Beyond a research program, the MSL is an international movement toward more effective, evidence-based college student leadership development.
Campus Spotlight Series
Because of MSL, we have a better understanding of issues in leadership on our campus. We can focus on specific areas for improvement and see if our interventions are working. We heard about MSL in a conference at Texas A&M and have made several presentations around the country. Thanks to the data, we are making progress in our leadership efforts.“
John currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Higher Education graduate program at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches courses on leadership, student development theory, and multiculturalism for social justice. John’s research interests focus on the influences of higher education in shaping college students’ involvement and leadership development with a specific emphasis on marginalized voices and ideas.
Enrollment for the 2015 cycle of the MSL opened on March 10, 2014, and we are happy to welcome the first 11 schools registered to participate: The College of William & Mary Elon University Georgetown University Gonzaga University Lehigh University San Jose State University SUNY Brockport Temple University University of Illinois, Urbana University of Maryland, […]
An Examination of Mentoring Relationships and Leadership Capacity in Resident Assistants Dr. Sherry Early, faculty member in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Ohio University, successfully defended her dissertation on the relationship between mentoring relationships and the development of leadership capacity in resident assistants. The MSL research team is tremendously proud of Dr. Early for […]
Developing the leadership capacity and leader efficacy of college women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Recently, the Journal of Leadership Studies published John Dugan, Kimberly Fath, Shannon Howes, Kathryn Lavelle, and Joshua Polanin’s article that explores the experiences of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in developing leadership capacity and […]
The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership strives to advance socially responsible leadership development on college campuses across the world. While participation in the MSL contributes to the movement to expand our knowledge of leadership, the most critical outcomes of this work are only achieved when data are utilized to inform practice. Our research team is excited […]
All too often, leadership educators approach race from a simplistic, static lens. In their recently published article, John Dugan, Corinne Kodama, and Matthew Gehardt call for a more complex examination of the intersection of race and leadership development. Using Collective Racial Esteem (CRE) as a framework, they explore predictors and influences of leadership development based […]
Recently, the Journal of College Student Development published John Dugan, Michelle Kusel, & Dawn Simounet’s article that explores transgender students’ experiences in college. With sparse empirical research available on transgender students’ experiences, this research provides new insight into transgender students’ perceptions of and educational outcomes in relation to the collegiate environment. Abstract: We explored transgender students’ perceptions, engagement, […]
In 2009, the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership – Institutional Survey (MSL-IS) was administered to all participating schools. While the MSL explores student learning outcomes in relation to a broad set of collegiate experiences, the MSL-IS examines structural and programmatic aspects that support student leadership development on college campuses. Examining the Design and Delivery of Collegiate […]
The 2012 MSL Institutional Reports are now posted and available for all US campuses! Congrats and an enormous thank you to all those who participated and shepherded the project at their institutions! Your investment is greatly appreciated and will help to shape not only students’ experiences on your campus, but the college student leadership as well. We look […]
Theory. Research. Practice. Since the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) was first administered during the spring of 2006, these three concepts have remained key to the success and growth of the study. Since that initial data collection, the MSL has been conducted annually in 2009, 2010, and 2011. With nearly 200 schools having participated and hundreds of thousands of […]
Article based on MSL data now available examining leadership across US and Mexican cultures The July/August 2011 issue of the Journal of College Student Development contains a publication by MSL PI John Dugan and collaborators Ana M. Rossetti Morosini and Michael R. Beazley on “Cultural Transferability of Socially Responsible Leadership: Findings From the United States and Mexico.” […]