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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2018 Academy Registration

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 5th annual ASCLD Leadership Academy to be held in Spring 2018. Twelve weekly, online webinars will be offered from February 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 Atlanta, Georgia.

The 2018 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.

2018 Academy Calendar

LEADERSHIP – Ben Swanholm
February 22 – Leadership
March 1 – Leadership
March 8 – Transition from Peer to Supervisor and Conflict Management
March 15 – Cultural Change and Self-Leadership

COMMUNICATION – Col. Tim Scanlan
March 22 – Communication Styles
March 29 – Personality and Conflict Management
April 5 – Team Building
April 12 – Communication as a Leadership Tool for Laboratory Issues

Laboratory Operations – Jody Wolf & Jeremy Triplett
April 19 – Strategic Management
April 26 – Process & Performance Management
May 3 – Quality Management & HR/Legal Management
May 10 – Customer/Stakeholder Management

CAPSTONE May 20 – 21, 2018: In-person workshop at the 2018 ASCLD Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia

Academy Costs:

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

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

IMPORTANT: If you wish to stay for the entire 2018 Symposium, you may register at an additional, reduced registration fee of only $200. (Travel and lodging costs not included)


Registration deadline is February 9, 2018.

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

For questions/additional information, please email: Tim Scanlan at