The Office of Leadership Studies is excited to share our November 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.


The LEAD program currently consists of four cohorts, with 47 students. Six students are in dissertation, four will graduate this Fall, and one to defend.  Twenty-two are in qualifying
paper, and 15 in coursework.
Chassidy Cooper and Shannon Williams presented at the Partners of Student Success conference. They earned “Best of State” and will be representing ArKAAN at the Regional NACADA Conference.
Mara Cawein attended the biennial convocation of Kappa Delta Pi. Mara is a counselor for the Pi Beta Chapter at UCA which received the ACE Award for chapter excellence. She also received a certificate for 10 years of service.
Cohort 4 students Dana Tribble, Sarah Argue and Amy Thompson presented “Winds of Change: An Organizational Ethnography” at the 2015 MSERA Conference. Sarah Argue and Amy Thompson also presented “Kindergarten Readiness in Arkansas Public Schools,” and Amy Thompson presented “Preparing Urban Educators: A Case Study of Alternative Licensure.” Amy received the $100 Research in Progress award. 
Emily Lane, Sarah Argue, Shanon Brantley, Jack Boles, and Dr. McClellan presented original research at ASU for the Ark. Health Disparities Conference. Their research focuses on health and well-being in the Arkansas Delta and is a project in partnership with the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission. 
We are currently taking applications for the 2016 cohort – to start in the Fall of 2016.  Click here for more information on our application process.  The deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.
LEAD students Sarah Argue, Michael Blanchett, Malcolm Glover, Leah Horton, Katherine Ligon, Jamie Stacks, Diane Wolfe, and faculty Dr. McClellan, Dr. Atkinson, and Dr. Stone presented at the 2015 International Leadership Association’s (ILA) annual conference in Barcelona, Spain. “ILA is the global network for all those who practice, study, and teach leadership. It promotes a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide.”

Kris Bertelsen is a Senior Economic Education Specialist with the Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He graduated from St. Cloud State University and earned his master’s in Economic Education and Entrepreneurship from the University of Delaware. Kris appreciates how the LEAD Program has helped him integrate his work and scholarly interests.

Dr. McClellan will be hosting a reception at her home on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. to celebrate our recent graduates. Her home is located at: 353 Pippinpost Dr. Conway, AR 72034. Please RSVP to the Evite you received. We hope to see you there!
Dr. Rachelle Miller has several roles in the LEAD program from professor to collaborator and mentor. She teaches Educational Statistics where students receive a hands-on approach to quantitative research. She has also collaborated with students on research projects, conference presentations, and community projects. Dr. Miller enjoys collaborating with students on research projects and supporting them through the dissertation process. She stated, “it’s so rewarding to see students transfer the knowledge they have gained from their coursework and to help them apply it to their research.”
Thank you Dr. Elaine McNiece for your generosity in granting our students the McNiece Research Fellowship. Dr. McNiece is pictured here with this year's recipients, Malcolm Glover and Luan Zhi.
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