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Center for Character & Leadership Development (CCLD)

Cadet doing research

The Center for Character and Leadership Development is the Academy’s most visible focal point for understanding, enhancing and integrating Academy cadet and staff efforts to achieve the essential mission of developing officers of character.

CCLD conducts research and brings scholars and practitioners together to understand the evolving Profession of Arms and the changing demands of military leadership and character development. We support the developmental processes which prepare cadets to serve effectively as leaders.

  • Generates and shares research, assessment and understanding of military character and leadership questions of importance
  • Designs and coordinates selected professional development activities for Academy-assigned personnel, to provide for their own personal growth and to enhance cadet development
  • Leverages Polaris Hall to support both cadet development and USAFA institutional outreach to external (USAF, DoD, national and international) discussants in character and leadership issues
  • Publishes print and electronic scholarship in the field of character and leadership integration and development
  • Publication of the Journal of Character and Leadership Development
  • Executed the annual National Character & Leadership Symposium and Scholars Forum
  • Continuing the “Living Honorably” Study and follow-on research activities
  • Developed and delivered Permanent Party Professional Development Seminar Series and expanded offerings to include sessions on emotional intelligence, communication and feedback

Dr. Justin Stoddard
Research Director
(719) 333-1483