Mining Institute for Supervisor Leadership (MISL)

Hands On

This unique program focuses on hands-on interactive learning. You will actually practice your new leadership skills.

From Your Industry

Session Leaders are made up of experienced safety professionals and other leaders from the mining industry including coal, metal/non-metal and aggregates.


After the workshop, you will be assigned a session leader as a mentor for the next 6 months to help you continue building your leadership skills.

The University of Arizona has gathered the expertise of top educators in leadership across the Institute for Mineral Resources (IMR), Departments of Education, Mining and Geological Engineering, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and the Eller College of Management to provide the Mining Institute for Supervisor Leadership (MISL). In collaboration with over 25 mining health and safety directors and managers, representing the breadth of mining industry sectors in both open pit and underground operations, this unique, mining-specific, mentored, leadership institute will offer supervisors, managers, and executives the training to effectively lead miners using techniques that balance safety with optimized operations.

Available to supervisors, managers, and executives in mining operations, each Institute is limited to 24 registrants. The intensive, participatory Institute is a 2.5-day course covering topics such as supervisor responsibilities, legal issues, hazard identification and resolution, as well as covering techniques to improve conflict resolution, workplace training and meetings, resource optimization, and leadership and team-building skills. This is not a sit in your seat and take notes type of course. The information for each topic area will be delivered by current leaders in mining and will require active student participation throughout the program. After the Institute, each participant (Mentee) will be assigned two Mentors who will guide the Mentee in applying the MISL techniques (Leadership Outcomes Project) in their daily work activities through formal once/month communication.

The cost of the Institute is $1,795 per person (includes institute training materials and meals), and as a condition of acceptance into the program, supervisors and their managers must obligate to the full program (initial 2.5-day training and Mentored Leadership Outcomes Project period, and then presenting your final project before October 1 that is either: 1) provided electronically to; or delivered in person during the October MISL Board Meeting (specific date TBD).


Please view and distribute the 2015 MISL FLIER.


For more information, please contact Dr. Eric Lutz (CDC/NIOSH/OMSHR) at


Please visit to register for MISL 2016.