Leading Teachers
Community of practice (LTCP)

LTCP  Monthly Drop-In

Join us on the 3rd Thursday of every month for an open dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for leadership development in our classrooms. Each 45-minute drop-in will have a different topic of conversation, but general questions and comments are welcome!

This month’s topic: The topic of conversation for this month centers on #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. Thank you to Kallion’s very own Julia Hark for this wonderful exploration: Think of a fictional character who experiences growth or crisis in their mental health. What leadership development do they exhibit through this experience? What can we learn from them?

Upcoming: Thursday, May 18
Noon PT / 2 pm CT / 3 pm ET
(Meeting ID: 860 7497 3493
Passcode: TEACH)


Leading Teachers Community of Practice (LTCP)

A community of and for humanities educators to practice the study of the humanities as leadership development

This community grows naturally out of earlier Kallion efforts, including collaborative online courses (Beyond the Boundaries of Fantasia and American Pi), the virtual pedagogy conference, the ongoing SAGE case-study series, and Study-to-Practice (S2P) Faculty Development Workshops. The Leading Teachers Community of Practice (LTCP) is the culmination of these earlier efforts into an empowered, engaged, and established community with regular programming and support for educators.


Humanities educators perform countless acts of leadership themselves, from the visions they create and execute in their courses, to the mentorship they provide to their students, and the advocacy they engage in for their positions, departments, and fields. Humanities educators earn the title of Leading Teachers: they teach others how to lead and engage in the practice of leadership themselves.


Humanities educators are leadership trainers, whether or not they identify as such yet. They teach students how to read texts and images; to synthesize disparate and fragmentary evidence; to write and speak clearly and forcefully; to understand the values, experiences, and cultures of others; to hold critical and constructive dialogues across difference. In doing so, humanities educators are undoubtedly preparing their students for the leadership opportunities and challenges of the future,.

Community Goals

commitment to lead

Establish a self-driven, sustainable community for humanities educators who wish to realize their potential as leadership trainers


Learn from, and collaborate with, like-minded educators from different disciplines, institutions, and geographies


Restore a sense of dignity, connection, and impact to the work of humanities educators

Community Leadership

Jennifer Heusel

LTCP Chair

Dr. Jen Heusel is the Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership Development for the School of Law at the University of Oregon. She works directly with the Frohnmayer Leadership program, which plans and hosts leadership development training opportunities for students. She holds a PhD in Rhetoric, Public Culture, and American Studies, as well as an MA in Art History and African American and African Diaspora Studies, from Indiana University – Bloomington. Jen also earned a BA in Art History from Rollins College.

Alpha Diallo

Program Coordinator

Alpha Diallo is a recent graduate of Howard University where he studied Political Science with a minor in Secondary Education. As a middle school humanities teacher, he is committed to engaging youth in critical thinking on history, language, and culture. In particular, Alpha uses the study of democratic leadership to encourage civic participation and social awareness.