The students and affiliated faculty of the Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies are excited to share our August newsletter highlighting our accomplishments and progress. We hope you take the time to stay up to date with our program, 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.


The LEAD program currently consists of five cohorts with 51 students. Seven students are in dissertation, 20 in qualifying paper, and 23 in coursework including the new cohort starting this fall. 
We are proud to debut our newest group of students—Cohort 2016!  We send well wishes as they start their journey in the LEAD program where they will work to uplift quality of life in Arkansas.  As always, our students come from a variety of public sectors including K12 education, higher education, community development, public health, nonprofit, and community arts.  Research interests among the cohort vary widely and include topics such as ethnomathematics, transgender studies, disaster preparedness, entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable development, and integration of arts into the classroom—among others.  The students come from all across the state as well as Western Mississippi and Mexico.  During our recent student orientation, Cohort 2016 was asked to describe “well-being.”  From this prompt, we generated a word cloud that we share here to illustrate the holistic picture of well-being that the LEAD program promotes.  Congratulations, Cohort 2016!  
Congratulations to Mariama Laouali Balla, Timothy Bullington, Lonnie Jackson, and Patricia Searight on their graduation. We are very proud of all your hard work and dedication to your education!
Saturday September 24: Urban Raw Festival- 4th annual festival seeks to nurture creative and spiritual potential by bringing people together to celebrate sustainable and cruelty-free living, great vegan food, live music, and activities for kids. The event will take place from 2-9 p.m. at Dunbar Community Garden, 1801 S. Chester in Little Rock. For more information visit: Facebook 
Saturday September 24: Arkansas Peace Fest- Live music, speeches, and activities to promote peace and justice in Arkansas. The event will take place from 1-5 p.m. at Bernice Garden, 1401 S. Main St. in Little Rock. For more information visit: Facebook

Armstrong Hang Yang graduated from Qingdao University in China with a Master Degree of Law in International Relations and a Bachelor Degree of Law in International Politics, Hang  has a general view about world issues. Being a former junior coordinator in the International Programs of Qingdao University for about three years, he easily understands the challenges and the opportunities that the university would face in international cooperation with different schools from North America, Europe and Asia. Hang has participated in the international education cooperation held by Qingdao University. Having enjoyed his experiences there, Hang is eager to study more about and gain more experience in leadership in international education cooperation between universities. As a former exchange student to the University of Central Arkansas in fall 2010, he worked in the Division of International Engagement as a volunteer. Hang believes that his experiences in both the United States and China, combined with his former major training, qualify him to be a student in the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies program.

Armstrong stated, "I enjoy that the LEAD program provides students opportunities to learn from not only others, but also themselves. Diverse-background classmates, professional qualified faculty, and personal development experiences all support LEAD students' journey of research and success."

Dr. Taine Duncan is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Director of Gender Studies at UCA. She is serving the LEAD program through working on several committees, aiding in orientation, and coordinating her undergraduate Service Learning projects with LEAD faculty and students. Additionally, Dr. Duncan has participated in roundtable discussions with LEAD students on research in gender and power. She is also proposing a course on communicative ethics. Her research interests include critical theory, feminism, critical theories of race, and the intersections of power dynamics.
Congratulations to Dr. Rhonda McClellan on being selected as a "Senior Scholar” at the Emerging Scholars Research Consortium session at the International Leadership Association Conference this fall.
The fall 2016 semester has begun and we'd like to wish you a successful semester. Enjoy your studies!
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