The ASCLD Leadership Academy is a training program offered by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors for managerial personnel in forensic science laboratories. It is designed to deliver training of the highest quality at a cost that recognizes the current strained budgets of labs across the US. The Academy is open to ASCLD members and non-members, alike.

The mission of the ASCLD Leadership Academy is to train managers to become LEADERS. Back for its second year, the ASCLD Leadership Academy will again offer a 100-level course designed specifically for newly appointed supervisors and supervisors who have had little opportunity for previous formal management training and education. The Academy is a blended training model, combining weekly lecture-style webinars with a “Management Lab” at the annual ASCLD symposium where students will participate in hands-on, practical exercises to develop their skills.

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2017 Academy Registration

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 4th annual ASCLD Leadership Academy to be held in Spring 2017. Twelve weekly, online webinars will be offered from January to April and will cover a wide range of essential leadership topics for forensic science supervisors and managers. The Academy will then finish with two intensive days of on-site, hands-on instruction at the ASCLD symposium in Dallas, TX.

The 2017 Academy will again focus on providing quality instruction to new supervisors in the forensic science field and supervisors who have previously had limited opportunity for structured forensic management education and training. Between affordable registration costs and high quality instructors, ASCLD is confident that laboratories will see a valuable return on investment in a time when training budgets are lean across the US.

2017 Academy Calendar

LEADERSHIP – Ben Swanholm
January 26 – Are you a Leader?
February 2 – Ethics in Leadership
February 9 – Conflict Management
February 16 – Operational Excellence

COMMUNICATION – Col. Tim Scanlan
February 23 – Communication Styles
March 2 – Personality and Conflict Management
March 9 – Team Building
March 16 – Communication as a Leadership Tool for Laboratory Issues

March 23 – Rules of the Road: HR Basics
March 30 – Employment Law
April 6 – Interviews and Employee Evaluations
April 13 – Onboarding and Staff Development

April 30 – May 1, 2017: In-person workshop at the 2017 ASCLD Symposium, Dallas, TX

Academy Costs:

Registration is $550 for ASCLD members and $650 for non-members and INCLUDES:

  • All 12 online sessions
  • On-site Capstone Court at the ASCLD Symposium
  • All training materials for the academy

NOTE: Academy registration will also cover the participant’s registration fee for the entire 2017 ASCLD Symposium. Attend the Capstone Course and stay for the rest of the week at no additional cost. (Travel and lodging costs not included.)


Registration deadline is JANUARY 25, 2017.

To register, click the appropriate button below to be taken to the registration page.

For questions/additional information, please email: Kristine Deters at