Campus Life


Leadership Development

Leadership is a complex combination of experiences, lessons, challenges, and self-exploration that occur throughout a lifetime.

The Student Leadership Awards & Banquet is an annual event hosted to recognize and honor Dalton State’s most distinguished student leaders, student groups, faculty and staff who contribute to the quality of student life on Dalton State’s campus.

Leadership Award Nominations may be submitted by any current Dalton State student, faculty, or staff member. The timeline for submission and review is outlined below:

Nominations Open: Monday, February 3, 2020
Nominations Close: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm 
Nomination Review Begins: Monday, March 16, 2020
Nomination Review Ends: Friday, March 27, 2020
Formal Invitations Mailed:  Friday, March 20, 2020
Leadership Awards Ceremony and Banquet: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Please be sure to review the requirements of each award before submitting your nomination. 



Student Life realizes leadership is a complex combination of experiences, lessons, challenges and self-exploration that occur throughout a lifetime. Therefore, we have created a Leadership Consultation and Coaching program for both individuals and student groups.  By participating in the Leadership Consultation and Coaching process, participants will: 

  • Gain and improve personal leadership knowledge and skills;
  • Increase self-awareness through exploration of values, beliefs, and identity;
  • Understand one’s role within the larger community to become engaged, global and ethical leaders.
  • Visual outline of coaching process. The same four steps are outlined in the text to the right of the image.

    Steps for participating in this program include: 

    1. Scheduling an appointment with the Assistant Director for Leadership and Civic Engagement here.
    2. The individual or leadership team for the group will then attend the initial consultation meeting to reflect on existing leadership experiences and areas of potential growth. 
    3. The individual or student group will complete a facilitated leadership development workshop or an assigned leadership assessment with a trained consultant. 
    4. The individual or leadership team will work with Student Life Staff to create a personalized leadership development plan and set goals based on the designed plan.  

    For more information on the opportunities outlined, please contact Student Life at 706-272-4428.

Student Life offers multiple opportunities for students to attend student leadership conferences both on and off campus. Attending leadership conferences allow students the opportunity to develop leadership capacity and connect with like-minded people to expand their professional network. Conferences also provide a structured opportunity for students to step back, sort through, think creatively and critically and reflect on new perspectives. 

These opportunities typically require a time commitment of one or more days. For more information on the opportunities outlined below, please contact Student Life at 706-272-4428 or sign-up here to schedule an in-person meeting to learn more.

The Facilitators in Training (FIT) program is open to any currently enrolled student who has successfully completed the ELI Cohort or who has 1+ years of positional leadership experience at Dalton State. All participants must have a 2.75 GPA. Student Leaders in this cohort will explore leadership development theories, learn to facilitate leadership workshops, and develop skills that will help them better manage groups of people. 

Meetings occur the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month in the spring semester. The meeting time will be from 10 am to Noon. "FIT" cohort members will also have the opportunity to help facilitate sessions for the Emerging Leaders Cohort to practice the skills learned throughout this program. 

Each cohort begins in January and ends in April. Following this training, "FIT" graduates will be certified to facilitate on campus leadership workshops. Apply to the "FIT" cohort by completing this application. 

Apply to join the Facilitator is Training Program by clicking here. 

The application deadline to join the spring 2020 cohort is December 20, 2019.


Dalton State offers a variety of positional leadership roles for students to get involved. To learn more about positional leadership opportunities at Dalton State, please checkout the resources below: 

Resident Assistants are a group of student leaders who essential serve as the mayor of a small town (their floor). As the architect of the community, the primary responsibility of the Resident Assistant (RA) in Residential Life is to develop community within a unit by bringing about the realization of the role of each individual within that community. Called upon to respond to changing needs and situations, the RA position is one that requires flexibility, adaptability, enthusiasm, and commitment, as well as strong administrative and peer counseling skills. The areas of responsibilities listed below are a representative of the major expectations of the RA. Additional guidelines are provided in the Resident Assistant Conditions of Employment.  

If you are interested in learning more about RA positions at Dalton State, please contact the Assistant Director of Residential Life, Julie Wyatt, to learn more about the timeline and application process. 



Contact Us

Location: Dean of Students Office, Pope Student Center
Phone: 706-272-4428
Have Questions? Book a meeting here.