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Certified Student Leader

Leadership Programs

Intricately designed by the Center for Career and Professional Development and the Office of Student Engagement Programs, this comprehensive leadership program examines your experiences and your ability to articulate coveted transferable soft skills through eight areas of endorsement.

Every Lumberjack.

Available to current students, the ability to earn up to all eight endorsements is not limited to any major, classification, or level of involvement. Attaining all eight endorsements will make you eligible for induction into the 1923 Society, the university's top leadership honor.

Learn more about the 1923 Society

The honor of being inducted into the 1923 Society is reserved for students who successfully illustrated their ability to master the skills of all eight career-readiness competencies, as demonstrated through the areas of endorsement through the Certified Student Leader program.

Members of the 1923 Society receive the prestigious 1923 Society leather padfolio. A custom medallion also is given, intended for the member to wear at their graduation ceremony.

Inducted Members

  • Rebecca Cooper, July 2020
  • Shelby Hearn, December 2018
  • Lanessia Mack, May 2018
  • Stephanie Gray, May 2018
  • Lizzie Moore, May 2018
  • Briony Willoughby, December 2017
  • Amy Heimann, May 2017
  • Samantha Wilkinson, May 2017
  • James Hardcastle, May 2016

Areas of Endorsement

The program's areas of endorsement are based on the eight career readiness competencies composed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Oral and Written Communications

Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.


Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.


Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks and accomplish goals.


Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.


Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

Critical Thinking

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

Equity and Inclusion

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures and policies of racism.

Career and Self Development

Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.

Submit your evidence. Articulate your experience. Receive your endorsement.

The Certified Student Leader program is structured to mirror the job application process. To be considered for endorsement, you must submit your application via Handshake.

Application periods are open twice per year during the fall and spring semesters. The application period for fall 2021 opens on Sept. 6 and closes on Nov. 12.

Tip: Templates and guides for creating the required documents are available on our Résumés page.

  1. Log in to your Handshake account using your mySFA credentials.
    • New account? Consider taking a moment to set up your profile!
  2. Click "Jobs"
  3. Search "SFA Certified Student Leader Application".
  4. Click "Apply".
  5. Create a well-written, error-free résumé.
    • Infuse all competencies in which you are seeking endorsement.
      • These should be in the bullet points describing your job, internship, academic and/or co-curricular experience.
  6. Write a cover letter.
    • Outline which endorsement(s) you are seeking and how your qualifications fit the endorsement(s).
  7. Provide a reference document.
    • Include three references who have permission to speak on your behalf.

What to expect after you apply:

After you've submitted a complete application, the CCPD team will review your material. If you are selected to advance to the interview portion of the Certified Student Leader program, you will receive an automatic email from Handshake to sign in and select an interview timeslot.

Interviews for fall 2021 will take place Nov. 18 and 19.


Feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding the application process. Contact the CCPD at



Center for Career and Professional Development
Staff directory

Physical Address:
Baker Pattillo Student Center
Room 3.302

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13032, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

CCPD: Compliments or Complaints, Questions

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Tell Jack is designed for you to tell us about any concerns, complaints or compliments about your experience at SFA. You can also use it to recognize individuals or departments that have provided you with excellent customer service.

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If you would prefer to meet personally with the Dean of Student Affairs, utilize one of the following options:

  • Schedule an appointment by calling 936.468.7249
  • Visit the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.105 during open office hours: 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays