Civic Leadership

Civic Leadership
https://ccl.rice.edu/
208 Rice Memorial Center
713-348-2223

Caroline Quenemoen
Associate Dean of Undergraduates, Director of Inquiry Based Learning
ckq@rice.edu

In support of Rice’s mission of providing a distinctive undergraduate experience, the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) helps undergraduate students develop the knowledge, skills, and values to address the problems of the 21st century and to lead in a variety of community environments. The focus on civic leadership reflects not only Rice’s mission but a broader trend that recognizes the civic purpose of 21st century institutions of higher education to cultivate social responsibility and active citizenship. The CCL’s approach to leadership education stresses the development of knowledge to understand the complex challenges facing today’s society, skills to motivate and collaborate with diverse stakeholders to take informed action, and values to effect positive change.

Students begin the program by completing a CCL Immersion Program, which introduces them to social issues in community-based contexts (through lectures, community tours, and short-term service) and develops skills in reflective practice critical to leadership development.

Additionally, students complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of social issues electives and a minimum of 3 credit hours of leadership electives chosen from a list of courses covering relevant topics. Timely, personalized advising plays an important role in the selection of the electives in order to ensure that students follow an academically coherent path to the certificate.  The purpose of this element of the certificate pathway is to provide foundational knowledge directly pertinent to a student’s capstone project.

Students will apply to participate in a CCL Action Program that allows them to work in collaboration with a community partner to address a social issue and identified need through research and service. To be selected to one of these programs, students must demonstrate relevant academic preparation.

Upon completion of the above listed requirements, students may apply in the spring of their sophomore or junior year for admittance to the Certificate in Civic Leadership.

To receive the certificate, students must complete a substantial civic leadership project in partnership with a community organization under the guidance of one faculty and a CCL advisor. In the fall semester, all admitted certificate students take UNIV 402, in which they prepare for their capstone projects by learning principles of community partnership development, researching a community need or issue in context, designing a sustainable response, developing a project proposal, and reflecting on leadership challenges and solutions. Students subsequently carry out their projects independently in the spring semester under the direction of their faculty advisor and the capstone instructor (UNIV 403). To register for UNIV 403, students must have successfully completed UNIV 402 and received approval for their CCL capstone project proposal from their advisor, their community partner, and the UNIV 402 course instructor. UNIV 403 students must present their project results to the community partner through a formal presentation and written report before the conclusion of the course. Additionally, students are encouraged to present at a formal venue, such as a conference or symposium, within one year of course completion.

Consideration for receipt of the certificate requires submission of a portfolio that includes the capstone project and description of its outcomes, responses to reflective questions regarding their civic leadership development, and a public presentation to the campus and community. Upon recommendation of the capstone instructor and faculty advisor, the certificate will be awarded by vote of the faculty and center directors and recognized on the student’s official transcript upon graduation.

Civic Leadership does not currently offer an academic program at the graduate level.

Associate Dean of Undergraduates and Director of Inquiry Based Learning

Caroline Quenemoen

Faculty Director

Robert Stein, Political Science

Director of Programs and Partnerships

Libby Vann

Director of Curriculum and Fellowships

Danika Burgess

Associate Directors

Michael S. Domeracki
Alan Steinberg
Morgan Kinney

Assistant Directors

Shawn Reagan
Fatima Raza 

For Rice University degree-granting programs:
To view the list of official course offerings, please see Rice’s Course Catalog
To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

Center for Civic Leadership (LEAD)

LEAD 102 - INTRODUCTION TO CIVIC LEADERSHIP

Short Title: INTRO TO CIVIC LEADERSHIP

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: LEAD 102 will increase students' understanding of civic leadership in theory and practice. Simulations and case studies will examine how public leaders effect societal change while projects on campus and in the community will provide the opportunity to work in small groups to analyze and address leadership challenges and present findings to stakeholders.

Course URL: ccl.rice.edu

LEAD 150 - LEADERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL CONTEXT

Short Title: LEADERSHIP IN PROF. CONTEXT

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course prepares students for self-selected internships by familiarizing them with essential leadership concepts and keys to success in professional contexts. Approval required by Leadership Rice. Pre-requisite: Leading Edge Workshop. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

Course URL: leadership.rice.edu

LEAD 238 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Seminar, Lecture

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

LEAD 250 - LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE

Short Title: LEADERSHIP AND PROF EXCELLENCE

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 2

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course develops knowledge and skills to exercise civic leadership in professional settings. Students will strengthen capacities for recognizing how values, skills, and interests relate to the capacity to exercise effective leadership; for establishing meaningful relationships with mentors, co-workers, and cohort peers and for understanding the interconnectedness of civic leadership in professional contexts. Required of and limited to Leadership Rice Mentorship Experience Fellows placed in mandatory associated internship. Instructor Permission Required.

Course URL: leadership.rice.edu

LEAD 260 - ADVOCATING FOR IDEAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Short Title: ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Advocating for change is an experiential learning course that teaches students how to engage in issue advocacy as a method of social change. Students work in teams with faculty mentors to develop and implement an advocacy plan for a particular cause or policy of interest. Cross-list: POLI 260.

LEAD 301 - HISTORICAL AND INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP

Short Title: FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: The focus of this course is to construct a historically informed philosophy of leadership that encompasses not just what leadership is but why it is valued, when it is legitimate, what its moral purpose is, and how it both shapes and reflects societal norms. Cross-list: HUMA 312.

Course URL: leadership.rice.edu

LEAD 309 - LEADERSHIP: THEORY TO PRACTICE

Short Title: LEADERSHIP: THEORY TO PRACTICE

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course is designed to help students develop a conceptual, practical, and personal understanding of leadership. By reviewing research and case studies, students will learn leadership skills such as building self-knowledge, dealing with ethical challenges, developing networks, and leading change. Students will also explore their own leadership capabilities and potential.

Course URL: leadership.rice.edu

LEAD 311 - LEADERSHIP AND CREATIVITY

Short Title: LEADERSHIP AND CREATIVITY

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Do creative people become leaders? Does the process of leadership require creativity? We will explore these questions by reviewing research and case studies and by engaging in experiential exercises. Students will also learn about the role of leadership in fostering creativity in groups, organizations, and within their own decision making.

Course URL: leadership.rice.edu

LEAD 313 - ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

Short Title: ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 2

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Entrepreneurial Leadership provides students with a survey of leadership issues and practices in an entrepreneurial business and social context, along with an understanding of fundamental business elements of importance to entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. Through discussions with established entrepreneurial leaders in the Houston community, ongoing readings, group discussions, and special presentations, students experience the challenging interplay between business demands and effective leadership. Delano Brissett is the Founder and CEO of Wynston, an online career and technical education start-up. He was recently named one of 50 under 40 emerging social entrepreneurs by the Social Enterprise Alliance and American Express.

LEAD 320 - RHETORIC OF LEADERSHIP

Short Title: RHETORIC OF LEADERSHIP

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course explores leadership theories as they relate to persuasive and informative communication strategies deployed by leaders. The class will focus on analyzing speeches, advertisement campaigns, political campaigns, and other leadership-oriented material in order to understand the rhetorical construction of leadership. Cross-list: HUMA 311.

LEAD 321 - LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION

Short Title: LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Powerful communication skills are essential for effective leadership, and LEAD 321 equips students to articulate ideas with poise, confidence, and clarity. Students develop written, oral, interpersonal, and team skills while developing an understanding of leadership communication in different contexts, including specific fields of study. The Leadership Communication class gives students the opportunity to practice the types of communication that will be required of them in the workplace and that will be crucial for their success.

LEAD 325 - APPLIED LEADERSHIP: POWER; INFLUENCE, AND PERSUASION

Short Title: APPLIED LEADERSHIP

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This leadership skills development course focuses on practical applications in negotiations, consulting, and professional communication with the goal of helping students to motivate and collaborate with divers stakeholders in nonprofit or for profit organizations, Students practice conflict management, change management, and group facilitation. Recommended for Certificate in Civic Leadership.

LEAD 330 - LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Short Title: LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Students with a class of Freshman may not enroll. Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Higher education is a challenging environment for leaders - when transformative changes are desired, the process of leadership offers the only possibility for change that is viewed as legitimate. This course uses a case study approach to understand leadership through the lenses of strategic choice, governance, organizational change, culture and values, leader transitions, and crisis.

LEAD 333 - STEM (SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS) OUTREACH: INTRO TO CIVIC SCIENCE

Short Title: STEM OUTREACH

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Students teach prepared 4th-grade science lessons in Houston area elementary schools. Students meet weekly with faculty to practice implementing the activities, discuss pedagogical techniques, and delve into issues relating to education and our community. The culminating project is writing a proposal to address a need in education, education policy, and/or community issues.

LEAD 335 - CRISIS LEADERSHIP

Short Title: CRISIS LEADERSHIP

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Students with a class of Freshman may not enroll. Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: It feels like we live in perpetual whitewater these days. We lurch from crisis to crisis, many of which might have been avoided. This course examines major public crises resulting from low-probability, high-consequence events. The core premise is that effective leadership improves the likelihood of avoiding or mitigating the consequences of crises, and allows us to take advantage of the opportunities that disasters create.

LEAD 340 - PHILANTHROPY IN THEORY AND PRACTICE

Short Title: PHILANTHROPY T & L

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of the history, philosophy, and practice of philanthropy in addressing public need with an introduction to ethics and importance of financial giving and community investment. Students will spend substantial time working with local nonprofits in order to select a recipient for a grant awarded by the class.

LEAD 350 - ADVANCED LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM

Short Title: ADVANCED LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 2

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): LEAD 150

Description: This course prepares teaching assistants to mentor and coach students enrolled in LEAD 150. TA's will develop a deep understanding of current leadership literature, analyze challenges facing young leaders today, develop ways to apply leadership concepts to build skills, and apply strategies for coaching and mentoring. Approval required by Leadership Rice. Instructor Permission Required.

Course URL: leadership.rice.edu

LEAD 477 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar, Lecture, Laboratory, Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours may vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

LEAD 545 - STRATEGIC THINKING FOR COMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING

Short Title: STRATEGIC THINKING

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This course shows how to solve complex, ill-defined, non-immediate problems. It explains how to combine innovative and critical thinking to: -1- frame the problem, -2- diagnose the problem, -3- identify potential solutions, and -4- choose a solution and implement it. The approach is based on cases, each student will work on a project of their choosing. The course is equally applicable to academic and non-academic projects (such as consulting) in an industry; as such, it is open to students from all schools and departments. It is a part of a larger professional development initiative at Rice to equip students with skills that employers are specifically asking for. Cross-list: ENGI 545.

LEAD 677 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Center for Civic Leadership

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Lecture, Seminar, Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Graduate or Visiting Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

Description and Code Legend

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference: 

Course Catalog/Schedule 

  • Course offerings/subject code: LEAD

Center Description and Code

  • Center for Civic Leadership: LEAD 

Undergraduate Certificate Description and Code

  • Certificate in Civic Leadership: CCL 

CIP Code and Description1

  • CCL Certificate: CIP Code/Title: 52.0213 - Organizational Leadership