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Doctoral Candidate Yerace Recognized by ASCD

Posted by: JoAnn | July 13, 2015 | No Comment |


Felix Yerace

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) recently named Felix Yerace (DPLS doctoral candidate) a 2015 Emerging Leader in Education, one of only 46 educators, from the US and two foreign countries, named in the class of 2015. All Emerging Leaders are enrolled in the program for two years and will participate in shaping education policy, advocating for the whole child, and exploring multiple ASCD leadership pathways. Throughout the program, Emerging Leaders will have the opportunity to serve on ASCD committees, host networking events for educators, and contribute to ASCD publications such as Educational Leadership® magazine and the Inservice blog. Aside from working on his dissertation proposal, Felix teaches high school social studies and civics at South Fayette Township School District in McDonald, PA. Additionally, Mr. Yerace is one of 30 high school teachers from across the US selected by the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) for their Korean Fellowship program. He will be traveling to South Korea in August and will be working on designing curriculum dealing with Korea. With this one-week study program for secondary social studies teachers, Felix will experience South Korea through a combination of academic study and travel. He will study the Korean War and the years since the war as he tours the country to gain a better understanding of Korean culture. If you are so inclined, you can tweet Felix at his Twitter account: @FelixYerace
Nice work, Felix! Congratulations on both counts!!

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Congratulations, Thank You, and Good-bye

Posted by: JoAnn | May 22, 2015 | No Comment |


With the ending of the Spring Semester and the Academic Year 2014-2015, I wish to share some DPLS news by way of Congratulations to newly graduated PhDs, Thanks to many Graduate Assistants, and a Good-bye to one of our favorite people.

1. Congratulations to new PhDs. This year Gonzaga University held its Graduate Commencement on May 9, 2015. DPLS is proud to announce the inclusion at Commencement of 13 newly minted Doctors of Philosophy. Including two from earlier in the year, we introduce you to the following fifteen new graduates of The Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University: Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Kierulff Armstrong, Dr. Shawn W. Brigman, Dr. Sharon K. Canda, Dr. R. Scott Francis, Dr. Trina Miller, Lt. Col. Allen E. Patty, PhD, Dr. Nathaniel G. Pearson, Dr. Sarah Y. Piper, Dr. Khalida Rashwan, Dr. Rebekah Page Rogers, Dr. Dung Q. Tran, Dr. Fugen “Jaz” Tulgar, Dr. Faith Valente, Dr. Enoch K. Wong, and Dr. Kirk Desla Young. Congratulations to all of you and to your dissertation chairs. May you always remember the Ignatian magis as you lead others and do work that serves the common good.

2. Thank You, Graduate Assistants. To those who worked this academic year June 1, 2014-May 31, 2015, thank you for your work. You gave of your energy, time, and expertise to help professors with their research, help DPLS with needed reports and research, and you helped other departments and the greater Gonzaga community. We are grateful for your willingness to work for us. THANK YOU!!

3. Good-bye to Ms. Marnie Broughton. Many of you already know that July 1, 2015, Marnie is retiring from Gonzaga University. Although this will be a sad time for DPLS, it will be a very happy time for Marnie who is planning to spend much time with family and grandchildren. Marnie has been at Gonzaga for 18 years, at least 12 with DPLS. Marnie has helped shape and grow DPLS in many overt and subtle ways. In fact, this was the 10th Doctoral Banquet Marnie prepared and oversaw. Marnie is often one’s first introduction to the doctoral program, and the final check-person when one finishes the dissertation. We will miss Marnie’s kindness, her sympathetic ear, her ability to help us focus, her knowledge of the program and its people, and her “Zagness.” Gonzaga will plan a retirement party, so those in the Spokane area keep an eye open. When DPLS knows, we will announce, so those who wish to come will have the chance to thank Marnie in person for all she means to us. Marnie, you know you will be missed deeply. Marnie, with much appreciation for all you have done for DPLS and for all you mean to DPLS, professors, current doctoral students, and DPLS alums bid you good-bye and we wish for you a most happy retirement and many wonderful adventures with your husband Ed!

May all of you, DPLS current students and alums, staff and faculty, make time for replenishing, for a refreshing break from your studies and your work.

JoAnn Danelo Barbour, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, DPLS

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Congratulations to Dr. Scott Francis!

Posted by: francovich | April 21, 2015 | No Comment |

Please join all of us in the doctoral community in congratulating Dr. Francis for completing the program and for his excellent dissertation. Titled – Leadership and Executive Coaching Approaches: How Coaches use Theory in Their Actual Practice, Scott’s dissertation research investigated how Canadian executive coaches implement theoretical coaching approaches in their coaching practice. The leadership coaching “industry” has mushroomed in recent years and there is a dearth of good research on how coaches frame and rationalize their work with clients; particularly in the context of theoretical perspectives related to changing leadership behaviors in dynamic environments. Scott discovered that the eight coaches he studied framed the core competencies of the International Coaching Federation in widely divergent ways, that they engage more in facilitating than instruction, self-modulate their styles to accommodate clients, manage action planning with their clients, and use a wide variety of assessment instruments. A major recommendation arising out of this research is that coaches be better trained in theoretical approaches to facilitating behavioral change. We will miss Scott’s enthusiasm, open-heartedness, and tremendous capacity for engagement!

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Thanks to DPLS grad and director of Sponsored Research Dr. Joann Waite for the following:

U.S. Department of Education • 400 Maryland Ave • Washington DC 20202 • 800-USA-LEARN

Announcing Fellowship Opportunities for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad!

The Fiscal Year 2015 competition for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program (DDRA) was announced in the Federal Register on February 27, 2015. The due date for submitting applications is April 28, 2015.

The DDRA Program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.

In order for the webinar to best serve the needs of prospective applicants, the public may submit any questions regarding the competition and application in advance to Dr. Pamela Maimer (pamela.maimer@ed.gov) so that we can be sure to address them. There will also be a time for questions and answers at the end of the webinar.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://educate.webex.com/educate/j.php?RGID=r01405f662040664f0aa74e91f52bbb4b

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions in order to join the webinar on March 11th.

If you have questions once the webinar begins please contact carla.white@ed.gov.

For additional information on how to apply to the program, please go to http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/applicant.html


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Congratulations Dr. Jaz!

Posted by: francovich | March 8, 2015 | No Comment |

Congratulations to Dr. Fugen Tulgar (Jaz) on the completion of her dissertation and her PhD! Jaz had her sign off meeting with the committee on February 26th. Jaz’s dissertation is titled: Unraveling female leadership: Foucauldian threads and explored how a group of senior women leaders produce and reproduce discourse and power in their workplace. The epistemological framework of the study was based on poststructuralist feminist theory utilizing  Foucauldian discourse analysis as a method. The findings indicated that everyday power and knowledge dynamics impact female leaders in constructing their identity, their communication styles and their leadership at the workplace. The findings also indicate that Foucauldian discourse analysis has practical applications for uncovering subjugated knowledges. This work is relevant not only to women, but also to other diverse/sub-dominant groups that find themselves in social, cultural and/or historical situations where hegemony and everyday power/knowledge structurally interact to subjugate their identities and their diversity.

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A little bit of DPLS in Bangladesh

Posted by: francovich | February 14, 2015 | No Comment |

Hello all,

Please check out this URL to see what DPLS candidate Jeffrey Bos is up to. His dissertation interest is in interfaith dialogue and he is hard at it in Bangladesh. (Jeffrey’s just to the right of the easel in the picture)



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Relationship as Power in Leadership Studies

Posted by: francovich | February 13, 2015 | No Comment |

Congratulations to Sandra Davidson on the publication of her recent article! Sandra is a 2011 graduate of the program and currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta.

Sandra J. Davidson, S.J. (2015). Shifting the Balance: Relationship as Power in Organizational Life. Nursing Forum. DOI: 10.1111/nuf.12115

Abstract: Power has traditionally been studied and experienced within organizations from a hierarchical and positivist perspective. However, organizational complexity has never been greater, and in our attempts to find new ways to live amid this complexity we seek alternative theoretical perspectives that may better represent and inform our experiences of organizational life. This article summarizes the positivist view of power within organizations and the limitations of attempting to study power from this perspective. Power is then reconceptualized and explored using the complex responsive process (CRP) analysis developed by Ralph Stacey and colleagues at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. This is an exemplar of how narrative inquiry guided by CRP may be used as a frame for reflexivity and reflection amid organizational power dynamics.
By becoming aware of the power relations in which we engage, and by reflecting upon them using CRP, we may come to understand power relations in a different way. In the act of examining and reflecting on our habitual roles in power relations, we may open up the potential for personal and organizational transformation.

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Hi All, I am on the Board of the Greenleaf Scholars Program.

Please consider the following if you have recently defended your proposal, or are close to defending.

Email me if you think your work may fit, and I’ll speak with you about how best to apply.

Very best to you!


The Greenleaf Scholars Program is currently accepting applications for 2015. Applications are due March 16, 2015.
The GSP provides a $2500 research award for early career scholars to support empirical work on servant leadership. The program is sponsored by the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and is administered through the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan.
The goals of the program are 1) to inspire a new generation of critical scholarship based on the concepts of servant leadership that were articulated by Robert K. Greenleaf; 2) to support rigorous empirical studies that offer evidence of the impact of servant leadership on the health and effectiveness of organizations and communities; and 3) to build a nurturing community of academic researchers, practitioners, and students who study and teach servant leadership.  
Award recipients are chosen by an international review committee of faculty members from various public and private universities.
International applications are welcome; we ask only that all application and research materials are completed in English.
Thank you for forwarding this email to anyone who may be interested in applying to become a Greenleaf Scholar. Additional information can be found at: https://greenleaf.org/research-scholars/
Program questions can be addressed to: greenleafscholars@umich.edu


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Congratulations to Evelyne!  Her book chapter is published in Leadership in Postcolonial Africa- Trends transformed by Independence.
The volume was edited by Baba G. Jallow, and published by Palgrave in the new series – Studies in African Leadership.Evelyne’s chapter is:

Leading through a medicinal plant: Transforming-Servant-Leadership among African women in Portland, Oregon.
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Journal Club Meets Again This Friday, Nov. 7th!

Posted by: ws-fgilbert | October 31, 2014 | No Comment |

Explore interesting and unpredictable topics that will stretch your horizons at Journal Club!

What is Journal Club?

Journal Club is an informal, enjoyable, and intellectually stimulating time for anyone in the Gonzaga community to explore ideas and research that interests them.  It’s a community of students, faculty, and staff who gather together to say, “This is what I’m reading, this is what I’m interested in, and this is what I’m thinking.”

When We Meet:

4:00 – 5:30 Friday afternoons before DPLS classes, Tilford, Room 115

DATES:  Nov. 7 & 21, Dec. 5

What Are The Benefits?

Journal Club is an opportunity to get to know your fellow students and network with colleagues. It is an excellent platform for developing and improving teaching and presentation skills. It will also enhance your CV!

How Can I Participate?

It’s easy to be a part of Journal Club. You can either take 10 minutes to present a journal article, book chapter, or other scholarly work OR you can just show up and enjoy the dialogue!  Either way, it’s a great time of networking and learning.

It’s Simple To Present!

  • Email Faith Gilbert at fgilbert@zagmail.gonzaga.edu to let her know you would like to present.
  • You will have up to 10 minutes to present.
  • During your presentation, be sure to briefly address the following:
  1. What is the purpose or main focus of the reading?
  2. What are the broad applications of the work to leadership studies or your primary discipline?
  3. Describe the intended audience, the article, and include the reference of your literature.
  4. What is your response to the author?
  • Please bring 10 copies of your presentation notes for the other participants
  • Email your presentation and a copy of your journal article or book chapter to Faith Gilbert fgilbert@zagmail.gonzaga.edu so that the article can be uploaded to the Google Archives Drive.
  • You may use PowerPoint, but you do not have to. Presentations are generally informal, and discussion is dynamic.

For more details, go to www.gonzaga.edu/journalclub.

Journal Club is sponsored by the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies.

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