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Leadership Programs

Certified Student Leader

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

Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.


Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.

Digital Technology

Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.

Professionalism and Work Ethic

Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, time and workload management, and an understanding of the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.


Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

Career Management

Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and knows how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.

Global/Intercultural Fluency

Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

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.

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 will take place virtually the week of April 26.


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:
Rusk Building
Third Floor

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

CCPD: Compliments or Complaints, Questions

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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