Southeastern Leadership Academy (SELA)


Interactive instruction from top law enforcement personnel is just part of the five-week Southeastern Leadership Academy, formerly the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy. Each week will focus around themed lessons: Foundations of Leadership/Leading Others, Leadership Skills, Building External Relationships, Employee/Internal Matters and Critical Issues. The academy, which is targeted toward middle management, will challenge participants to develop their leadership styles in order to become more effective and progressive leaders.

The SELA program is limited to mid-management personnel. All candidates are closely screened and must be prepared to complete university-level course work.

This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee, Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Criminal Justice Programs.

Topics Covered Include

  • Myers Briggs

  • Organizational Change

  • Leadership and Followership

  • Building High Performing Teams

  • Motivating Others

  • Dealing with Difficult Employees

  • Civil Liability

  • Your Role in Hiring and Firing

  • Performance Measurement / Evaluations

  • Strategic Planning

  • Ethics

  • Budgeting

  • Time Management

  • Critical Issues and Incidents

  • Chiefs Round Table

  • Community and Police Engagement

  • Working with the Media


2024 Dates

Week One:         July 15-19, 2024

Week Two:         July 22-26, 2024

Week Three:      August 12-16, 2024

Week Four:        September 16-20, 2024

Week Five:         October 21-25, 2024


$3500 (includes housing)
$2500 commuter  (no housing – those within a 50 mile radius of Chattanooga)

This fee includes housing (double occupancy, Sunday – Thursday evenings) while in Chattanooga, all course materials, and campus parking. Meals are not included.

Additional Fees

9 hours undergraduate credit available for University of Tennessee at Martin for additional fee.

For more information, contact us at and (865) 946-3230

DOWNLOAD Application here:

SELA Application