LEADERS Program for Professional Excellence

All majors within the Department of Health, Sport, and Physical Education at Gardner-Webb University are expected to complete the LEADERS Program of Professional Excellence.

LEADERS is an acronym used to classify a selection of academic and professional attributes in Leadership, Ethics, Academics and Professional Roles, Diversity, Etiquette and Professional Dispositions, Religion and Philosophy, and Service Learning and Community Outreach.

About the LEADERS Program

LEADERS Program of Professional Excellence

  • Leadership- the act of taking charge; guiding and directing others.
  • Ethics – rules or standards that govern the conduct of a person.
  • Academics and Professional Roles – scholarly attributes related to and exemplified in the major.
  • Diversity – the development of more positive and effective interactions with members of other cultures.
  • Etiquette and Professional Dispositions – exemplary behavior, appearance and work ethic.
  • Religion and Philosophy –spiritual maturity; integration of faith and beliefs with the major.
  • Service Learning/Community Outreach – meaningful service to the community that is either curriculum-based or volunteer

Over the course of their tenure as HSPE majors, candidates for LEADERS certification will collect evidences for each category and compile them in the form of an electronic portfolio using Portfolium along with a written reflection. A minimum of two dissimilar evidences is required for each category. Full time faculty members of the HSPE department will review the portfolios of each candidate. A formal presentation to the department and other invited guests culminates the LEADERS program.

Students who successfully complete the program receive a certificate of completion. They will also be recognized on Awards Day and receive a distinguishing designation on their official transcript.

Examples of acceptable evidences:

Leadership - the act of taking charge; guiding and directing others.

  • Leadership role at a professional conference, lecture, or other approved school or community event.
  • Hold office in a club.
  • Deliver a public presentation.
  • Facilitate a group project.
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor.

Ethics – rules or standards that govern the conduct of a person.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the professional related to morals, values, and sportsmanship.
  • Attend a scholarly event relatable to ethics, values, sportsmanship (i.e., Coaches for Character).
  • Write an advocacy letter.
  • Write a research paper on a relevant topic.
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor.

Academics and Professional Roles – scholarly attributes related to and exemplified in the major.

  • Demonstrate content knowledge in areas of: Human growth and development; Learning environment; Teaching/professional practice; Assessment.
  • Write a research paper depicting proper APA format.
  • Demonstrate the application of knowledge in a practical setting (internship, student teaching, laboratory experience).
  • Read and apply contemporary research.
  • Attend a professional conference.
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor.

Diversity – the development of more positive and effective interactions with members of other cultures.

  • Show evidence of experience with diverse groups; e.g., multicultural activities, Special Olympics, Senior Games.
  • Complete a podcast or webinar on diversity.
  • Substantiate exposure to special populations within course content.
  • Submit a research paper relevant to diversity awareness.
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor.

Etiquette and Professional Dispositions – exemplary behavior, appearance and work ethic.

  • Attend a professional development workshop, webinar, or podcast.
  • Obtain letters of recommendation from people who can attest to your professionalism.
  • Compose a professional resume.
  • Show evidence of practical experience in developing interview skills.
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor.

Religion and Philosophy – spiritual maturity; integration of faith and beliefs with the major.

  • Write an essay integrating faith and career.
  • Draft your personal philosophy.
  • Participate in mission work.
  • Attend religious oriented event such as FCA.
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor.

Service Learning/Community Outreach – meaningful service to the community that is either curriculum-based or volunteer.

  • Include a print out of Student Activities Volunteer Hours (minimum of 10 hours).
  • Show evidence of a service learning project associated with a course within the major.
  • Write a reflective paper on one volunteer experience demonstrating personal growth and appreciation for service learning experiences.
  • Submit awards or recognitions achieved for community service.
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor.

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Submission Guidelines

It is the responsibility of the student to compile and maintain evidences and approval forms for certification.

  1. Obtain preliminary consent for each evidence from a HSPE faculty member.
  2. Complete the evidence and written reflection.
  3. Download the Evidence Approval Form from the HSPE department website.
  4. Submit the evidence, written reflection, and approval form to a HSPE faculty member for final approval.
  5. Once approved, upload the evidence, documentation, and evidence approval form into the e-folio.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for each evidence.
  7. Compile all evidences into an electronic portfolio. Portfolios must be completed using Portfolium.

Your completed electronic portfolio must be submitted to the LEADERS Coordinator within the HSPE department no later than exactly one month prior to the deadline for submitting grades for graduating seniors the semester you plan to graduate.

Evidences Chart

Students will, over the course of their tenure as HSPE majors, collect evidences that demonstrate competence in each area and compile them in the form of an electronic portfolio. Students must submit a minimum of two dissimilar evidences for each category. Examples of acceptable evidences and documentation include:

Leadership - the act of taking charge; guiding and directing others

EvidenceDocumentation
  • Leadership role at a professional conference, lecture, or other approved school or community event
  • Hold office in a club
  • Deliver a public presentation
  • Facilitate a group project
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor


Must obtain approval from LEADERS coordinator for all documentation:

  • Photocopy of nametag; program with verification of attendance (signature of administrator)
  • Photocopy of program, presentation materials
  • Letter of verification by administrator; expository of project
  • Written paper


Ethics
- rules or standards that govern the conduct of a person

EvidenceDocumentation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the professional related to morals, values, and sportsmanship
  • Attend a scholarly event relatable to ethics, values, sportsmanship
  • Write an advocacy letter
  • Write a research paper on a relevant topic
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor
  • Authorized program with written summary
  • Copy of letter with any written responses
  • Copy of paper


Academics and Professional Roles
- scholarly attributes related to and exemplified in the major

EvidenceDocumentation
  • Demonstrate content knowledge in areas of: Human growth and development; Learning environment; Teaching/professional practice; Assessment
  • Write a research paper depicting proper APA format
  • Demonstrate the application of knowledge in a practical setting (internship, student teaching, laboratory experience)
  • Read and apply contemporary research
  • Attend a professional conference
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor
  • Written paper
  • Samples of work experience


Diversity
- the development of more positive and effective interactions with members of other cultures

EvidenceDocumentation
  • Show evidence of experience with diverse groups; e.g., multicultural activities, Special Olympics, Senior Games
  • Complete a podcast or webinar on diversity
  • Substantiate exposure to special populations within course content
  • Read and apply contemporary research
  • Submit a research paper relevant to diversity awareness
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor
  • Video, pictures, written documentation
  • Confirmation of participation
  • Video, pictures, written documentation
  • Written paper


Etiquette and Professional Dispositions
- exemplary behavior, appearance and work ethic

EvidenceDocumentation
  • Attend a professional development workshop, webinar, or podcast
  • Obtain letters of recommendation from people who can attest to your professionalism.
  • Compose a professional resume
  • Show evidence of practical experience in developing interview skills
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor
  • Authorized documentation of participation
  • Photocopies of letters
  • Photocopy of resume
  • Authorized documentation of attendance to workshop


Religion and Philosophy
- spiritual maturity; integration of faith and beliefs with the major

EvidenceDocumentation
  • Write an essay integrating faith and career
  • Draft your personal philosophy
  • Participate in mission work
  • Attend religious oriented event such as FCA
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor
  • Photocopy of essay
  • Photocopy of philosophy
  • Authorized documentation and written summary of experience
  • Authorized documentation of attendance


Service Learning/Community Outreach
- meaningful service to the community that is either curriculum-based or volunteer

EvidenceDocumentation
  • Include a print out of Student Activities Volunteer Hours (minimum of 10 hours)
  • Show evidence of a service learning project associated with a course within the major
  • Participate in mission work
  • Write a reflective paper on one volunteer experience demonstrating personal growth and appreciation for service learning experiences
  • Submit awards or recognitions achieved for community service
  • Other as approved by the professor and/or advisor
  • Photocopy of printout
  • Video; pictures, written expository of experience

Click here to download a printable version of the Evidences Chart.

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