Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life

About Sue Shear at MSU

Missouri State University sends four fellows to the Academy each spring as do eight other public Missouri universities. Fellows have the opportunity to meet and learn from elected officials from all levels of government, travel to Jefferson City for a mock legislative debate, interact with other student leaders, and engage with community leaders.

Application & Selection Process

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to Missouri State University’s Public Affairs Mission. Applicants may come from any college, any major. Preference will be given to students returning the semester following the academy experience. Applicants must agree to promote the fellowship upon their return to campus.


What is the Sue Shear Leadership Academy?

The 21st Century Leadership Academy is an intensive week-long residential leadership development program designed to inspire civic engagement and encourage women’s public sector leadership. Participants gain leadership skills as they are exposed to new ideas and opportunities and consider their future careers. Students develop and hone leadership skills, discover new ideas and opportunities, and consider how they can incorporate public leadership into their future plans.

When and where is the next Academy?

May 18-22, 2020 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Who should apply?

Any Missouri State University student at the undergraduate or graduate levels who is interested in issues of women in public policy leadership.

What are the criteria for application?

Successful applicants will be those who display commitment to Missouri State University’s Public Affairs mission and a preference will be given to students who will be returning to Missouri State University for the fall semester. A selection committee will review all applications; four participants and at least one alternate will be selected and notified in early April.

Who normally participates?

Previous Missouri State Sue Shear fellows come from a range of disciplines including:

Art & Design — Graphic Design
Art & Design — Photography
Geospatial Sciences
Master’s in Counseling
Master’s in Public Administration
Political Science
Sociopolitical Communication