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

 

LEAD STUDENTS & THEIR PROGRESS
The LEAD program currently consists of four cohorts, with 42 students. Nine students are in dissertation, 19 in qualifying paper, and 14 in coursework. 
CONFERENCES

Emily Lane presented at the National Environmental Justice Conference and Annual Conference on Health Disparities in Washington, DC.  Her presentation focused on the utility of art in human development and environmental justice.  Emily also facilitated a hands-on training workshop with the goal of encouraging "artful activism" in environmental justice and public health movements.

Amy Thompson and Shannon Williams recently attended the National Association for Alternative Certification Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. They presented a roundtable presentation titled "Lessons Learned from the Partnership for Transition to Teaching."

Student Amy Thompson recently presented with Dr. Donna Wake at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in Savannah, Georgia. Their paper presentation topic was "Innovation through Bug-in-the-Ear Supervision: The Effects of Virtual Coaching on Teacher Candidates' Instructional Development." The paper was written  by Drs. Donna Wake, Alicia Cotabish, Tammy Benson, and Mrs. Amy Thompson.

Shannon Williams and Chassidy Cooper facilitated their best of state presentation "Academic Coaching: Transformative Success Tools for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Retention" at the Nacada Region 7 Conference in Manhattan, Kansas. Fifty-nine participants attended the presentation. 

UCA LEAD ALUM SPOTLIGHT

In February 2016, Dr. Barrett Petty, a LEAD alum, attended the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Petty collaborated with other authors including Dr. Nancy Gallavan and Dr. Angela Webster-Smith to write a chapter titled, “Establishing a Comprehensive Sense of Place to Experience Success in Classrooms and Schools through Authentic Leadership.” The chapter appeared in Teacher Education Yearbook XXIV, a publication by the organization. In Chicago, Dr. Petty and Dr. Gallavan presented the chapter in a session.  Dr. Petty has also presented at three previous ATE annual meetings.

LEAD EVENTS
We would love for you to join the PhD in Leadership Relay 4 Life Team! The event will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the UCA campus. The cost is only $10/participant. Please sign up and come join in the fun and the fight against cancer! When you get to the website, select search for a team, type in PhD in Leadership and select Join Our Team. 
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Tim Bullington earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Kansas State University and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminar. Tim is a pastor, a commissioned Army officer, and a black belt in Aikido. He believes strongly in mentoring future leaders to tackle complex issues that can bring about social change in our state. In addition to serving as a pastor, Tim is also the chairman of the Ministerial Studies and Credentialing board for the North Arkansas Church of the Nazarene and teaches courses for Nazarene Bible College of Colorado Springs and the University of Central Arkansas in the Masters of Science in Community and Economic Development (MSCED) degree program. Tim stated, "The PhD in Leadership program at the University of Central Arkansas has been a life changing experience for me. UCA has provided opportunities to not only examine relevant leadership issues today but opportunities to research social issues I am interested in across the state. We have led research teams, tackled complex and complicated quality of life issues, and traveled to reveal our findings at professional and academic conferences. I am indebted to the program because I have been given more than I could have ever imagined."

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Dr. Peter Mehl contributes to the LEAD program as a professor of Ethics and Leadership. Dr. Mehl has taught this course for the program for all student cohorts to date.  He also taught an advanced readings course on the Capabilities Approach. He states, “I think what I enjoy most about the program is what I learn in study and conversation with the students. The students in the program are all motivated and engaged with the materials, so this makes it a joy to teach."

FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP ACTIVITY
Dr. Duston Morris just received a grant from the Minority Research Center at UAPB to address Alternative Smoking Device (ASD) use among Arkansas Minority Youth and Young Adults. This one year grant will allow him to investigate secondary data in order to determine prevalence, behavioral intention, and perceived health risks related to ASD. Keywords: smoking, health, youth, minority youth.  
He and Dr. Denise Demers will be presenting research findings on the relationship between substance abuse and exercise among college student at the national American College Health Association Conference this coming May. Keywords: substance use, substance abuse, exercise, young adults
Dr. Michael Gallagher (Exercise Science) and Dr. Morris also have a research presentation in late May/early June. This will be at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Boston, MA. They will be presenting their findings on the relationship of the built environment and physical activity rates among college students. Keywords: environment, active infrastructure, physical activity.  
IN RECOGNITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS
  • “Authentic happiness derives from raising the bar for yourself, not rating yourself against others.” ― (Seligman, 2004)
  • "The very good news is there is quite a number of internal circumstances […] under your voluntary control. If you decide to change them (and be warned that none of these changes come without real effort), your level of happiness is likely to increase lastingly." ― (Seligman, 2002)
  • “Use your signature strengths and virtues in the service of something much larger than you are.” ― (Seligman, 2002)
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