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

View this email in your browser

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 42 students. Nine students are in dissertation, 19 in qualifying paper, and 14 in coursework. 

Sarah Argue and Dana Tribble presented at the 2016 American Educational Research Association in Washington, D.C. Amy Thompson and Dr. Rachelle Miller were also authors of this research. The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. The paper presented was titled, "Kindergarten Readiness in Arkansas Public Schools."


Dr. Malcolm Glover, a LEAD alum, recently presented research at the Southern Regional Science Association's 55th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. His presentation focused on the ways globalization impacts leadership principles and humanitarian aid practices in the developing world.


If you are interested at all in doing work in the community broadly, and/or if you are interested in community development specifically, then Community Development Institute (CDI) is a great program that you should consider. For more information on CDI: 

 It is a three-year program (meets for one week out of the summer).  There are opportunities for scholarships. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, May 6. Apply at


Dr. Linda Beene, Dr. Rhonda McClellan and Dr. Elaine McNiece pictured above at the Night of Distinction, which was held at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion. The event is the annual awards gala hosted by UCA. The event honors past and present recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award and Alumni Service Award. The 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winners, Dr. Linda Beene ’72 and James Neihouse, and the Alumni Service Award winner, Pat Cantrell Otto ’66 were honored.


Katherine Ligon graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Labor Economics degree from Dnipropetrovsk National University, Ukraine, received a master’s degree in business administration from Harding University, and obtained a graduate certificate in sociology from the Appalachian State University. Katherine is a past president and an active member of the Rotary Club of Cleburne County. Currently, Katherine is an Assistant Professor of Business at Central Baptist College. She stated, "I enjoy my cohort. We stay in touch very well and can call each other any time for help and support. I also value our program for its interdisciplinary focus, as well as Dr. McClellan and Emily Lane for their support and encouragement on this journey. This program truly has changed my life for the best."
Congratulations to Katherine on receiving the President's Award for Leadership from the Central Baptist College.


Dr. Michael Rubach is a Professor of Management and MBA Director at UCA. He earned his Ph.D. in Management (Business Policy and Strategy) from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and a J.D. from Creighton University Law School in Omaha, Nebraska. His undergraduate degree is in History from Union College, Schenectady, New York.  At UCA he teaches strategic management, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, and corporate governance and sustainability in the master’s and undergraduate programs.  His current research interests include corporate governance, sustainability, and small business strategies.  He is the author of a book on institutional investor activism and his articles have been published in numerous business and ethics journals including Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Managerial Issues and Journal of Small Business Strategy. Dr. Rubach contributes to the LEAD program by  teaching cognate classes in strategic management, organizational behavior, and corporate governance and sustainability, being a member of numerous dissertation committees, and helping students develop their qualifying papers on both theoretical and empirical levels. Dr. Rubach stated, "I like the flexibility within the program where students can pursue their passions and can devote their efforts towards changing and improving the lives of the people around them, their professions, their institutions, and their communities."

  • “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein
  • “The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson
  • “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” —John Muir
Copyright © 2016 University of Central Arkansas, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp