The students and affiliated faculty of the Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies are excited to share our January 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.

February 1, 2016 is the deadline for submitting papers to the International Leadership Association (ILA) annual conference. This year's theme is "The Dynamic of Inclusive Leadership." The conference will be held November 2-5, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Please visit the ILA website for more information.

February 15, 2016 is the deadline for submitting papers to Human Development and Capabilities Association (HDCA) annual conference. This year's theme is "Capability and Diversity in a Global Society." The 2016 conference will be held September 1-3, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Please visit the HDCA website for more information.

As of Fall 2015, 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!


Ron Hudson earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Arkansas Monticello, and a master’s degree in college student personnel from Arkansas Tech University. Ron has a vast experience in higher education. Currently, he is the Project Manager for International Student Scholar and Services at the University of Central Arkansas. Ron stated, "I enjoy the LEAD program because it allows the opportunity to learn alongside other scholars who have a heart and passion to increase the opportunities and capabilities of others. I enjoy that we all come from different disciplines and backgrounds, it is encouraging to see the future we can accomplish by working together."

  • Daily Meditation: Meditate 10 minutes per day where you remove all distractions and focus on that day's daily task. Create a mental picture of the steps required, the things you will do, in order to complete your tasks/responsibilities for that day. Use this quiet time to develop a mental "to do" list and visualize each step you will take to complete that list.
  • Positive Affirmations: Select some motivating, empowering words, phrases, or quotes that provide meaning to you. Keep these positive affirmations visual. Use them as screen savers, post them on your fridge, or keep them in your office or journal. Read them everyday.
  • Exercise: Find at least 20 minutes each day where you can be physically active. This can include anything from weight training, group exercise, to walking. Research shows that physical activity increases both physical and mental strength and stamina, and improves mental acuity. 
Thank you Dr. Morris and the Department of Health Sciences for these tips. 
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