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Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Rae Randleman!

Posted by: francovich | November 6, 2015 | No Comment |

The Journal of Leadership and Management has recently accepted in a two part series Rae’s work: Neoliberalism, Participatory Theory, and Leadership of Self-Governing Teams. The first of these articles will be published later this year and the second early in 2016. The general framework of these articles explores the possibilities of transforming neoliberal economic policies through the study, emulation, and cultivation of cooperative forms of business (Co-ops) and their governance philosophies in order to mitigate social harms and global and historical patterns of social (in)justice. Rae is currently working on the final stages of her dissertation. Wonderful work Rae!

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Congratulations to Doctoral Student Michael Cox!

Posted by: francovich | November 6, 2015 | No Comment |

Mike has recently published an article titled Vatican II’s Language Marks Pivotal Shift. The article discusses in part “that the choice of communication style for handing on Catholic teaching is a significant, perhaps pivotal, pastoral decision” (p. 58). Mike goes on to discuss the discursive style of Pope Francis and the connections between communication style in general and various theoretical positions important to leadership studies. Congratulations Mike!

Cox, M. (2015). Vatican II’s Language Marks Pivotal Shift. Health Progress, 96(6), 58-62.

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Happy New Academic Year Fall 2015!

Posted by: JoAnn | September 3, 2015 | No Comment |

Hello All,

Summer 2015 swiftly came and went leaving much smoke in its wake in the Pacific Northwest, but it was also another opportunity to work with the wonderful doctoral students who are the Gonzaga Summer DPLS. Thank you to the graduate assistants who studied and worked their way through summer coursework as they assisted professors and staff in the work we do. Thanks to all who are patiently awaiting a new staff hire to step into the Student Support Services Coordinator position. We interviewed 5 candidates from a pool of 72. We hope to make a choice and have someone joining the School of Professional Studies within two weeks … or sooner.

While someone new soon will be starting in an established position with DPLS and the School of Professional Studies, some of our DPLS family also will be starting new positions. Allow me to share:

Recent DPLS grad Dr. Dung Tran has accepted a 2 year teaching appointment in Organizational Leadership at Seattle University. Dung is an inaugural faculty hire for the recently launched School of New and Continuing Studies (NCS), which will offer undergrad degree programs in Digital Cultures and Organizational Leadership starting in Spring 2016. The new school was established in 2014 to provide a quality Jesuit education designed for working adults by offering baccalaureate and certificate programs that support part-time study and feature hybrid courses, combining online and in-class instruction. Dr. Tran looks forward to reconnecting with DPLS faculty, alumni, candidates, and students at the ILA annual meeting in Barcelona!

Current student (working on Candidacy) Oscar Harris recently began with the Spokane Public School District a new position as Student Support Services Coordinator. This position resulted, in part, from a one year mentorship-internship Oscar took as an independent study/mentorship with the DPLS program. Despite the challenges that go with the job, Oscar believes that as a servant leader this is a key position for him at this time in his career.

Brand new student Kelly Jo Kegerreis was recently named the Pacific Northwest Coordinator for the Military Momma Network. Kelly Jo will be the contact person for issues, comments, and concerns if one’s military child is from the following states in the “Western Region”: AK, WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, UT, CO, ND, SD, NE, and KS. This is important work Kelly Jo is doing, and it is all voluntary with a non-profit group.

Dung, Oscar, and Kelly Jo … we all wish you the best of luck in your new endeavors as you continue your studies in leadership pre-grad and post-grad!

Happy Academic New Year Everyone! Have an enlightening and fruitful semester.

JoAnn Danelo Barbour, PhD
Professor and Chair, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies, School of Professional Studies, Gonzaga University

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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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