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With advances in technology and the increased participation in new media platforms, engagement between leaders in both the public and private sectors has become a necessary task. However, few have been trained to execute this critical role effectively. 

Kyle Dobson

As of Fall 2023, Kyle Dobson is an assistant professor of leadership and public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Dobson takes an interdisciplinary approach to organizational studies, focusing primarily on occupations where employees sacrifice their well-being in service to others. His work has focused on police departments primarily, with expansion to schools and other organizations. 

Abigail Scholer

As of Fall 2023, Abigail Scholer is Batten Family Bicentennial Distinguished Leadership Professor of Public Policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Broadly, she researches the dynamic, complex, and often confounding world of human motivation and self-regulation: What makes us reach for the stars, huddle in a corner, get out of bed, help others, break our diets, save for retirement, follow rules, and color outside the lines? Scholer studies fundamental and basic processes related to goal pursuit, decision-making, social regulation, motivated social cognition, and behavior change, with an aim for understanding how these basic processes can be leveraged to address societal challenges and improve people’s lives.

Gerard Robinson

As of fall 2023, Gerard Robinson is a professor of practice in public policy and law at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the School of Law at the University of Virginia. As a Fellow of Practice at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, Robinson has written about K-12 and higher education, public policy, economic mobility, after-school programs, and race. Robinson will teach on education, prisons, and public policy.

Bain competition winners

Congratulations to the 10 UVA students who won first- and third-place in the prestigious 7th annual Bain & Co. Women’s Case Competition -- including several students who took a Batten course offering in management consulting and strategic decision making. 

Eileen Chou Lifetime Learning Podcast

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy professor Eileen Chou spoke to UVA Lifetime Learning's podcast about leadership, including her belief that leaders are made and not born. 

Ian Solomon Video

In this lecture, Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and professor, Ian Solomon, shared from his experience and work how to lead in difficult times.

Melissa Thomas-Hunt Showcase

In this lecture, Batten School professor Melissa Thomas-Hunt discusses how leadership can start with connection, including how an organization can create the "magical moment of connection."

President Hinton and Dean Solomon

In front of an enthusiastic crowd in Garrett Hall, Mary Dana Hinton, President of Hollins University, and Ian Solomon, Dean of the Batten School, discussed various topics on leadership, including being authentic and vulnerable as well as showing compassion towards oneself and others.

Batten Showcase 2022: Family and Medical Leave Policies in the US: Where We Are and How We Got Here ft. Chris Ruhm

In this lecture, assistant professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Eileen Chou, shared what "leadership" is and how we can (or can not) measure it.