Doctorate set in leadership studies

Wednesday August 17 2011


LC has gained approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to launch an EdD in Leadership Studies degree this fall with 27 students in the first cohort.

The EdD is the College's second doctoral level program, following the debut of the doctor of physical therapy last fall.

The new program equips students to be effective leaders in schools, colleges, nonprofit organizations, and community agencies. The coursework examines community issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and encourages students to develop creative responses to local, state, national, and international issues.

Emphasis is placed on legal and ethical issues, economic trends, public policy, governmental affairs, human resources, sustainability, community health, organizational change strategies, diversity and disability policy, and community dynamics.

Student cohorts are composed of individuals in leadership positions and include P-12 educators, higher education staff who want to pursue non-teaching leadership positions, and non-profit, agency, and business leaders. All program candidates must have completed a master's degree.

A minimum of sixty-six credit hours is required, including fourteen doctoral seminars and a dissertation, which, in most cases, will focus on improving the organization in which the student works. Dr. Roger Jones, professor of educational leadership, is program director.

Applications are now being accepted for second cohort, which will begin in summer 2013. An information session for the second cohort is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge. Check for more information.