The students and affiliated faculty of the Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies are excited to share our February newsletter highlighting our accomplishments and progress. We hope you take the time to stay up to date with our office, and if you have feedback, please let us know.

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College of Education, Department of Leadership Studies

The PhD in Leadership (LEAD) program prepares scholar leaders to research and act for the common good. Recognizing that complex challenges require an integration of responsible leaders from various community sectors, program graduates will transform education, government, and nonprofit organizations to strengthen human and community capabilities.


We are currently taking applications for the Fall 2016 cohort. Click here for more information on our application process.  The deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.
The LEAD program currently consists of four cohorts, with 42 students. Ten students are in dissertation, 19 in qualifying paper, and 13 in coursework. 
All faculty and students are invited to attend the writing workshop at Petit Jean State Park on Friday, May 13- Sunday, May 15, 2016. Over night stay is optional and you are welcome to come for one night or two. The cost to stay is approximately $80 a night plus food. Please email if you are interested in attending. We look forward to hearing from you!
The 30th Annual University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Convention will be held November 17-20, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Proposal submission will open on April 6, 2016 and close on May 9, 2016. The theme is Revitalizing Education in Complex Contexts: Re-envisioning Leadership, Refreshing Practice, Redefining Student Success. This theme is intended as an occasion to talk, meet, think, and organize for a renewed vision, goal-setting and coalition-building that will bring new life and meaning to the role of education and educational leadership. Please visit the UCEA website for more information.
LEAD student Kristy Carter is coordinating three programs this month. These programs are:
  • The Domestic Violence Workshop which will take place on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 9 a.m. - noon at UCA. Rediscovering Our Strengths is a professional development opportunity for individuals who work with victims or survivors of domestic violence. This workshop is designed to give participants the tools necessary to renew their strength and inward spirit in order to continue serving those in need. Please register for this workshop if you are interested in attending.
  • An "Evening of Honor" for women living in homeless and/or domestic violence will take place on the evening of March 18, 2016. We are seeking donations of items to place in the ladies' gift bags. Items needed are: unopened cosmetics, nail polish, or other beauty products, scarves, jewelry, unopened or unused toiletries, and other sundries for women. We need enough items for 30 gift bags. If you are interested in donating, please bring your donation to the LEAD Office by March 14, 2016. 
  • Technical Assistance for Mayors Program will be held March 15-17, 2016 at University of Arkansas at Monticello. The technical assistance program is designed to educate Arkansas mayors about the various state and federal resources that are available to help them address affordable housing and non-housing community development issues in an effort to improve the overall welfare of their communities. Please review the website for more information.

As of Spring 2016, faculty members from across campus filled 124 dissertation committee positions and 31 positions as committee chair. We greatly appreciate your service to the program and its students!

Dana Tribble earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University (ATU). Dana has served at ATU in several capacities. First, she worked as a marketing specialist for the College of Business, and then moved to the director of Career Services, and is currently an adjunct instructor. Also, she is a graduate assistant for the Department of Leadership Studies at UCA, a chapter advisor for Phi Mu Fraternity at ATU, as well as a full-time new mom. Dana stated, "I enjoy the experience of learning with a diverse group of colleagues and faculty. The LEAD program affords me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those around me, and holistically improve the quality of life for those in Arkansas."


Dr. Christie Cooper contributes to the LEAD program as a professor of Communication and through program committee work. She is new to UCA and hopes to strengthen LEAD students’ theoretical application of communication concepts in their research projects. She believes that LEAD’s applied approach to scholarship lines up with her value of positive change. She states, “It is refreshing to see students who are passionate about making a difference in their professional and social communities. I see this in the fierce honesty they bring to personal reflection and their commitment to change themselves in order to support positive change in those around them.”

Next month, Alum, Dr. Malcolm Glover will be presenting at the inaugural TEDx event at UCA on Friday, March 4.
Title: Dr. Glover's talk is titled "A Return To Civil Discourse: An Idea Whose Time Has Come."  

SynopsisIn an era when argument and innuendo often supersede fact-based discussions about important local, national, and global matters, there must be a return to civil discourse. Civility is necessary in a world fraught with tensions among diverse people who seek solutions to personal concerns and communal problems. By raising the level of civil discourse, mankind moves irresistibly toward a future defined by collaboration, compromise, shared sacrifice, and mutual understanding. 

  • "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." -- President Barack Obama
  • "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." -- John Quincy Adams
  • "The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Abraham Lincoln
  • "The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." -- Ronald Reagan
  • "Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all." -- George Washington
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