By Mary Jantsch
Class of 2013
SPOKANE, Wash. – With more than 300 graduates the past 30 years, the Gonzaga University Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies has achieved national stature and international reach. The passion and outstanding community of students and faculty is what sets this program apart, according to a recent program assessment.
Students have twice won national awards for the most outstanding dissertation in their field. Among other professional roles, graduates are professors worldwide (in America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa), healthcare professionals, international leadership consultants, presidents of organizations, entrepreneurs, and CEOs of major corporations. In recent years, multiple program alumni have become vice presidents of universities, and two alumni have become university presidents.
Accomplishments in the 2009-10 academic year by Gonzaga’s doctoral faculty include publication of five books, multiple articles in high level peer-reviewed journals, and multiple presentations at national and international conferences. The following book titles are representative of the critically rich work of the doctoral faculty: “Voice in Qualitative Inquiry”; “Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity”; “Inhabited Silence in Qualitative Research”; ”American Masculine”; and “Rapid Assessment Process.”
Classes taught by scholars Margaret Wheatley and Larry Spears further distinguish the program. Spears has published 16 books, many considered classics of leadership studies. Wheatley is the award-winning author of “Leadership and the New Science.” Recently, the program has enjoyed the presence of visiting scholars from the Netherlands, the Philippines, India, and South Africa.
Gonzaga’s doctoral program is among the top three sites for servant-leadership, as ranked by visiting scholar and quantitative researcher Professor Dirk Van Dierendonck from Erasmus University (one of the top three business management universities in Europe).