About the Program

Chad Cardani-Trollinger, Ph.D.

Interim Director, Leadership Studies
Assistant Teaching Professor
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

About the Program

The Leadership Studies Program at Iowa State University is an interdisciplinary program designed for students in all majors, consisting of a 21-credit-hour leadership studies certificate, a 15-credit leadership studies minor, and a suite of leadership studies courses.

The program is designed for undergraduate students in all academic disciplines and colleges at Iowa State University who seek to study, understand, and apply the principles of leadership in their lives and, eventually, their careers.

Leadership Studies at Iowa State


The Leadership Studies Program provides high impact, experiential learning where every student will engage in the leadership process, preparing them for opportunities to effect positive change with purpose and passion.


The Leadership Studies Program develops students who can effect positive change through understanding the leadership discipline, expand the contexts for intentional leadership practice, and cultivate leadership in others.

Core Belief

Effective leadership is an intentional and reflective process that cultivates self awareness, equity, collaboration, and empathy.

How Can LD ST Benefit My Students?

Leadership Studies: The Student Perspective