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


The LEAD program currently consists of four cohorts, with 39 students. Ten students are in dissertation, 21 in qualifying paper, and 8 in coursework. 

LEAD students and affiliated faculty recently attended the 68th Annual conference for the Arkansas Public Health Association in Hot Springs.  Students, along with Dr. Rhonda McClellan, presented a poster from a field-based research project focused on health and well-being in the Delta.  Another student presented her dissertation work that looks at leadership implications for the aging population in the state.  Affiliated faculty member Dr. Duston Morris also presented a poster on a current research project looking at use of alternative smoking devices among minority youth and young adults.   


“The LEAD Writing Retreat at Petit Jean State Park was the perfect venue for doctoral students to connect with faculty and alumni and collaborate on important research goals,” said alum Dr. Malcolm Glover. “Nature hikes, private study sessions, and opportunities for meditation gave me a sense of renewal at the retreat and my conversations with colleagues were both informative and inspirational.”


Congratulations to our Spring graduates: Dr. Timothy Bullington and Dr. Luan Zhi! We wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors.


Hattie Scribner is an honor graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she obtained a bachelor's degree and the University of Central Arkansas where she received her master's degree.  Hattie also obtained the Master of Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) credential. She is a fellow of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership where she received comprehensive training in principles of public health prevention and strategic planning and management. When asked what Hattie enjoys most about the LEAD program, she stated, "With each generation, the world has changed with attempts to address the challenges that plaque our nation. The advancement of the twenty-first century depends upon how well leaders are open to strategies that are inclusive of all people.  As a public health professional, the LEAD program has helped to expand my knowledge of how integrative leadership can be a powerful apparatus that is inclusive of all.  Integrative leadership challenges traditional leadership styles to move beyond an 'I' concept to that of 'We' for the greater good of all.  Collective power is the best power."


Dr. Jen Talbot is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing. She teaches a writing course for students beginning the LEAD program. According to Dr. Talbot, "It is a favorite course to teach, for two reasons. First, I love interdisciplinary work at all levels, so it's fascinating to me to see the kinds of projects our graduate students are working on. Second, while I really enjoy working with undergraduates, I also find working with more advanced students extremely refreshing. It feels more collaborative, and I'm always impressed with how quickly graduate students sharpen their writing skills."

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. --John F. Kennedy
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