The Challenge 2050 Project at the University of Florida

We believe in the power of human beings to change the world for the better. Aware, connected, creative human beings make innovative and inspired decisions. We cultivate the capacity for adaptive leadership and social responsibility in the next generation of global change-makers.

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Current Funding50%

Matt Sowcik, Ph.D.


Dr. Matthew Sowcik is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Leadership Education within the Department of Agricultural Education and the Director of the campus-wide Leadership Minor at the University of Florida. Dr. Sowcik teaches courses in Leadership Development, Fostering Innovation Through Leadership, Groups and Teams, Organizational Leadership, Developing Tool for a Changing World and numerous other courses on the undergraduate and graduate level. Matthew’s research specialization is in humility, leadership evaluation and the emergence and sustainability of Leadership Studies programs.

Aside from his research and administrative duties, Dr. Sowcik also currently serves as a consultant to The New York Times, focusing on the newspaper’s educational programming for leadership studies faculty and students. Dr. Sowcik was the lead editor for the book, Leadership 2050: Critical Challenges, Key Contexts and Emerging Trends, which was a collaborative effort with the International Leadership Associations Building Leadership Bridges book series. In addition to the book, Dr. Sowcik has published numerous papers influencing the way we think about leadership evaluation and assessment.

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