Dr. Kevin Ellsworth leads ASU’s Faculty of Leadership & Integrative Studies, an innovative community of faculty and staff who provide an extraordinary education to an extraordinarily diverse and inclusive student body. They currently serve more than 6,000 students in sixteen graduate and undergraduate programs on three Phoenix Valley campuses, online, with partners throughout Arizona, and in programs throughout the world. They collaborate with community colleges, government, non-profit and private organizations to extend educational opportunities to everyone everywhere.
Professor Ellsworth was asked in 2003 to lead the five-year-old program consisting of twelve dedicated faculty. In the following six years, they created the nation's largest and most innovative interdisciplinary studies program. They launched ASU's first online degree, the first degree at ASU Downtown (precursor to ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus) and ASU's School of Interdisciplinary Studies (later renamed the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts). Their academic program external review in 2007 declared that it was among the five best interdisciplinary studies degree programs in the country.
Today, the Faculty of Leadership & Integrative Studies offers baccalaureate degrees in partnerships at Eastern Arizona College (ASU@TheGilaValley), Western Arizona College (ASU@Yuma), Yavapai College (ASU@Yavapai), Pima Community College (ASU@Pima), Cochise College (ASU@Cochise), and Central Arizona College (ASU@Pinal). They offer a rich array of faculty-led study abroad programs, taking students to work in Guatemalan medical clinics, study Maya indigenous leadership in Belize, prepare for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, intern with professional organizations in Beijing, Prague, Vietnam, New Zealand and Dublin, and enjoy other adventures in Spain, Cuba, the Baltics, Peru and Bolivia. They offer more Continuing and Professional Education courses than any other unit at ASU—more than 100 courses—including non-credit certificates in project management, agile project management and leadership skills.
Professor Ellsworth welcomes collaborations with others seeking to deliver transformative and emancipatory education to everyone everywhere.