The Office of Leadership Studies is excited to share our December 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 and four will graduate this Fall. Twenty-two are in qualifying
paper, and 15 in coursework.
Program Director, Rhonda McClellan, presented recently to the Conway Rotary Club about the LEAD program and the similarities between the missions of LEAD and Rotary, both of which have a humanitarian focus.  Dr. McClellan is pictured here with students Katherine Ligon (a member of Conway Rotary Club), and Emily Lane. The Conway Rotary thanked the LEAD representatives for attending by donating 50 newspapers in their name to local classrooms through the Log Cabin Democrat's Newspapers in Education program. We look forward to opportunities to partner with organizations like Rotary. 

Dr. Rhonda McClellan, Director of the LEAD program, Dr. Pam Stinson, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Northern Oklahoma College, and Dr. Karen Haas, Assistant Professor at Keene College in New Hampshire recently presented at the Oklahoma Women in Higher Education Conference. The study they presented on was The courage to act: Narratives of resiliency in women leaders in higher education.

In January 2016, Dr. Hunter Phillips Goodman will be the Executive Director of the Fitz Center for Leadership and Community at the University of Dayton. According to Goodman, this position is directly related to the research work she did in the LEAD program, and this is one of the reasons why she has the new position. "I owe a great deal to UCA, and I believe that the LEAD  program is a phenomenal flagship program for the University. It truly is preparing leader scholars. I'm a testament to that because of what I have been able to do and what I have learned here at UCA.  It's helped me connect the dots between the work I did as a practitioner in the nonprofit and higher education sectors to what I want to do long-term," says Goodman.

Elizabeth LeQuieu received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and her master’s degree in occupational therapy from University of Central Arkansas.  She has been practicing as an occupational therapist since 2002 and has been an instructor at UCA since 2005.  "I am grateful that the LEAD program has rekindled my spirit of leadership, and that the program's interdisciplinary approach has fostered relationships which will make me a better leader, scholar, servant, and practitioner," says LeQuieu.

Dr. R.B. Lenin is an Associate Professor of Mathematics. He shares his knowledge in data modeling with the students of the LEAD program as a PhD committee member and professor. Currently, Dr. Lenin teaches the Multivariate and Regression Analysis class for LEAD students. "I thoroughly enjoy teaching this class because the students are matured, sincere, hardworking, committed, and enthusiastic to learn and apply new statistical concepts," says Lenin. Dr. Lenin’s research interest includes quantitative methods, social network analysis, process flow management, and discrete-event simulation and probabilistic modeling.
  • Malcolm Elliott Glover--Gender and leadership at a global nonprofit
  • Barrett W. M. Petty--Black male achievement in higher education
  • Jamie Earls--Veterans affairs in higher education 
  • Luan Zhi--Eastern philosophy and leadership
  • Craig Seager--Residential life in higher education
Thank you to all of you who attended the 2015 LEAD Fall Reception earlier this month. We are grateful for your support of our students and graduates!
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.
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