Doctoral Studies Orientation Seminar
8000 Doctoral Studies Orientation
Leadership Concepts and Practices Courses (30 credits)
Please see the important announcement regarding the sunset of the DOL program.
The Leadership Concepts and Practices domain consists of
five sequential courses. Each course listed below serves
as a prerequisite for the subsequent course.
LDR 8510 - Leadership to Shape the
Future (6 credits)
Students explore and examine the role of leadership in shaping
learning organizations in the 21st century. Leadership is
examined as the capacity of individuals and groups to generate
and sustain significant organizational purposes and processes
needed to shape the organization's future. Leadership is
a presented as a multifaceted discipline of diverse roles
and responsibilities. The major themes of study are: Theoretical
frames of Organizational Leadership, Personal frames of Leadership
Learning, and the Futuristic Frames of Organizational Leadership.
LDR 8520 - Creating and Leading an
Intentional Organization (6 credits)
Participants explore the development of organizations with
a purpose from the leader's perspective. An examination of
various leadership theories and research related to both
leadership and organizational cultures will be examined.
Learners will reflect on the particular challenges and responsibilities
encountered in shaping and creating an intentional organization.
Major topics of study include leadership theories; leader-related
skills and styles including team building; the role of ethics
and ethical decision making in organizational settings; and
managing organizational diversity.
LDR 8530 - Developing the Organization's
Human Capital (6
In an information/knowledge era, people are the organization's
most important asset. To maximize this asset, people must
be developed. Participants will identify their own perceptions,
motives, attitudes, values and mental models and understand
how these develop and influence leadership behavior. Major
themes of study include adult learning and life span theories,
the learning organization, professional development and training,
team building, consulting and professional renewal.
LDR 8540 - Leading for Change (6 credits)
To be an organizational leader demands an understanding
of the basic principles and practices underlying the management
of large and diverse organizations. The contrast of management
of stability and control with the management of chaos and
instability suggests different techniques of leadership and
management. Participants will explore various organizational
systems such as information and communication, policy, politics
and accountability, power and influence, decision-making,
and conflict resolution.
LDR 8550 - Leading a Learning Organization (6 credits)
Developing a learning-based culture is essential for today's
organization. There must be a strong, common set of shared
values and understandings that tie together the people in
diverse partnerships. Research demonstrates that strong adaptive
cultures are tied to profitability and sustained success.
Participants will examine ways of how learning organizations
create learning cultures as well as leadership strategies
that foster growth, creativity and risk-taking while managing
innovation, change and future planning.
Research Activities (9 credits)
Please see the important announcement regarding the phasing out of ARO courses.
8511 Research Design and Methods
8512 Statistical Methods
8513 Program Evaluation & Policy Analysis
Dissertation (9 credits)
LDR 8566 - Applied Dissertation Seminar
1 - Concept Paper (2 credits)
content of Applied Dissertation Seminar 1 focuses on
formulating research questions and writing the concept
paper. The committee chair and member roles are discussed
as well as the roles and responsibilities of the Applied
Research Office faculty and staff. This seminar will
culminate in the completion of the first corresponding
benchmark, the concept paper. Credit for this seminar
will be assigned following approval of the concept paper.
LDR 8567 - Applied Dissertation Seminar
2 - Proposal (4
The content of Applied Dissertation Seminar 2 emphasizes
the formulation and writing of the dissertation proposal
and the process for IRB approval. Methodology and content
for each of the proposal chapters are defined, including
a thorough discussion of the role of the literature review
to support or refute the dissertation topic. This seminar
focusing on scientific inquiry will culminate in the completion
of the second corresponding benchmark, the applied dissertation
proposal. Credit for this seminar will be assigned following
approval of the proposal.
LDR 8568 - Applied Dissertation Seminar
3 - Dissertation (3 credits)
Applied Dissertation Seminar 3 involves data collection/implementation,
the applied dissertation (final report), and the final approval
process. Content and format issues as well as recommendations
for further research are highlighted. Dissemination of the
dissertation and possible outlets for publication are covered.
This seminar will culminate in the completion of the third
corresponding benchmark, the applied dissertation (final
report). Credit for this seminar will be assigned following
approval of the applied dissertation (final report).
LDR 8569 - Continuing Dissertation Services (0
Students must register for Continuing Dissertation
Services at the 36th month in the program if the student
has not yet completed the applied dissertation. By registering
for these services, subsequently by term, students can
continue working uninterrupted with their committee on
their research project. Students may register for continuing
dissertation services each term until the student reaches
the end of the allowable time according to the program's
policy at which time extensions will no longer be offered.
Courses (18 credits)
Please see the important announcement regarding the sunset of the DOL program. Fall 2007 will be the last opportunity for DOL students to take the first course in the three-course specialization sequence.
Students may choose one specialization and the three courses
associated with it. Click on your specialization of choice
to view the course descriptions for that specialization.
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