Institute for Excellence - Individual Contributors


The ideal participant for the Institute for Excellence for Individual Contributors is a Kent State employee who:

  • Does not manage a department or unit and does not supervise others (although they may provide guidance to student employees)
  • Has one or more years of experience at Kent State, in a full time capacity
  • Is performing at a high level and in good standing with the university with the most recent performance evaluation having a rating of "meets expectations" or higher
  • Has demonstrated a commitment to learning over the last year by achieving certifications, completing job-related training or self-educating on a job-related topic
  • Has demonstrated the ability to contribute/lead change at Kent State within the last year


The discussions and tools used are intended to increase the individual’s capacity to contribute to the mission and goals of Kent State. By combining in class discussions, self-development tools, reading and plenty of opportunities to practice, individual growth strategies will emerge. A partial list of tools and topics includes:

  • Discussions with Kent State executive officers
  • Opportunities to interact with external leaders
  • Two 360-degree assessments to benchmark your skills and growth
  • Use neuroscience and physiology to improve leadership performance
  • Increased business acumen and financial literacy
  • Applying Emotional Intelligence for increased effectiveness
  • Increased ability to innovate and influence
  • Higher levels of self motivation by unlocking and unleashing your potential
  • Opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills learned through action-learning


  • Read the Individual Contributor Worksheet (see link on the left-hand side of this page)
  • Use the worksheet to compose the information you will be asked to submit on the application
  • Complete the online application (see box on the left-hand side of this page)
  • Please note that you must complete the application all at one time; you can not save information to the online form and return to it later
  • Please check with your supervisor before applying as there is a departmental charge
  • Questions or problems?  Call Renee Romine at 330-672-0898