LSU Human Resource Education Collaborates with Armed Forces to Create New Academic Track

03/05/2013 03:26 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development in the College of Human Sciences & Education and the LSU Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC programs have collaborated to create a new academic track in military leadership that will better prepare cadets for leadership in military and civilian life.

“We are providing the best leadership preparation around for our students,” said Ed Holton, coordinator of the Human Resource & Leadership Development, or HRLD, degree programs and interim associate dean for distance learning and leadership. “It’s a 21st century approach to leadership development.”

The initiative will elevate the leadership preparation for the Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC cadets at LSU, as well as create a new model for military leadership programs.
“Putting together an academic program in military leadership, outside of the service academies such as West Point – it’s certainly not common,” said Holton.

“Our partnership with the program is absolutely beneficial to our cadets and the United States Army,” said Lt. Col. Lawrence Burns, professor of military science. “Cadets pursuing a HRLD degree will study the art and science of leadership as a part of their academic curriculum as well as their military science curriculum, providing our cadets with a more complete view of the development and application of leadership from both civilian and military viewpoints.”

“This collaboration will help make our ROTC programs even stronger,” said Lin Warmsley, Army ROTC assistant director of recruiting and enrollment, student development and co-collaboration author. “This partnership presents a true win-win outcome.”  

Warmsley states that the track integrates ROTC-required courses into the curriculum, and thereby minimizes the course load of the typical cadet.  

“When the students who have started the track come back from their military training, they have noted what we’re teaching is completely consistent with what they’re being taught in the military,” said Holton. “We’re already seeing the linkage between the curriculum and what the military is teaching in their leadership programs. The students are getting a jump start on their military training.”

The track does not require any curriculum changes to the HRLD program, instead utilizing existing flexibility. No additional resources were invested nor new courses created.
Students will be ROTC students in Human Resource Education with a concentration in HRLD and must complete all major requirements.

“Air Force ROTC Detachment 310 is excited to partner with the School of Human Resource Education to offer this rigorous leadership curriculum to our students,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mary L. “Marston” McKeon, professor of aerospace studies. “I believe this partnership will provide an even broader base of leadership study, far beyond traditional military paradigms. As a result, I expect those students who follow this track to commission as Air Force second lieutenants with keener leadership understanding and insights, not as tools for their active duty military jobs, but as valuable life skills.”

The partnership will also include Naval ROTC students at Southern University.

“The development of a specific degree program in leadership at LSU offers another outstanding education opportunity for Naval ROTC students,” said Southern University Professor of Naval Science Alton E. Ross Jr. “We hope to continue the collaborative process that has brought the program to this point and look forward to taking full advantage of what it has to offer as we develop the next generation of Naval leadership.”

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The College of Human Sciences & Education consists of the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School.

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Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013