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: Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Virtual Nomination Interest Session:  Thursday, February 23, 2023 (@3:00 pm Click Here to Join).
Nominations Close: Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 11:59 pm 
Nomination Review Begins: Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Nomination Review Ends: Friday, March 24, 2023
Formal Invitations E-Mailed:  Friday, March 17, 2023
Leadership Awards Ceremony and Banquet: Thursday, April 20, 2023

Please be sure to review the requirements of each award before submitting your nomination.
Click here to view a sample nomination form. 



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 Emerging Leaders Institute is open to any currently enrolled Dalton State student with a 2.5 GPA or Higher! First-year students who have not, yet, received a GPA are still eligible to apply. Students will focus on self-discovery and developing their leadership capacity. Students must commit to attending all cohort meetings scheduled to happen on the following dates from 10 am to Noon:

August: 20th
September: 3rd, 10th 
October: 1st, 15th
November: 5th, 19th

Apply to join the Emerging Leaders Cohort today by clicking here. 

The application priority deadline to join the fall 2020 cohort is July 31st.


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, Casey Mashburn, 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.