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Prospective Student Information

The Interdisciplinary Doctorate of Education Program in Leadership is designed to attract students in a variety of fields, including individuals who work in educational institutions, health care facilities, diverse business enterprises, and other organizations. The program is grounded in principles that prepare and enhance a Practitioner-Scholar approach to learning and graduate education. The faculty combines a group of individuals, some who are academic scholars and practitioners and others who are academic scholars. The approach to leadership development is based on Ignatian tradition and Dewey's concept of experiential learning. The program is a flexible, interdisciplinary, practice-based Doctor of Education program that is offered primarily through online delivery, which is intended to be a terminal degree program designed to provide graduates with an understainding of leadership practice, theory, research and policy necessary to develp organizations and people for a changing world. In the tradition of a Catholic, Jesuit institution, students dialogue in an interdisciplinary environment designed to increase their understanding of self and how to work with, develop, and motivate others. The program is a generalist versus a specialist leadership program for individuals holding mid-level leadership/management positions who want to improve, enhance or develop their skills or prepare themselves to assume the next higher leadership position or seek new job opportunities and achieve systemic, transformational change. Students will acquire the tools and knowledge, as well as the practical skills to impact and transform their workplace and community positively. The program is taught by faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, School of Nursing, School of Medicine and the Law School.

The program is based on the belief that skill and expertise in leadership is applicable in a variety of settings; one need not be a specialist in an area to serve in a leadership capacity. Hence, when develping this program, the choice to develop a generalist program rather than multiple specializations was made deliberately. This decision was made in the belief that all people in the program would be better served if they were given an opportunity to share with people from multiple segments of the market place rather than asking students to limit themselves to one specialization. This decision to develop a generalist program was also believed to be more consistent with the concepts of interdisciplinary programming--students broadly prepared would be able to serve in a variety of capacities in a variety of environments.