Building Inclusive Doctoral Programs in Leadership  

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When: Wednesday, November 2 | 09:00 - 16:00 | FULL DAY
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel - Grand Hall B
* Ticket Price: ILA members - $103 | non-members - $153
* Price includes lunch


Doctoral programs in leadership have traditionally encouraged the inclusiveness of ideas that challenge the status quo. They advance the study of leadership by building on a strong foundation of scholarship in the field of leadership while welcoming innovation and diversity. Leaders and faculty in doctoral programs are aware that diverse ideas emerge from a diverse student body.

This workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to consider how the policies, procedures, and practices in their doctoral programs can create an inclusiveness where leadership scholars are welcomed to share their diverse experiences and ideas. The workshop is designed to provide participants an opportunity to engage in conversations about issues specific to doctoral work through roundtable discussions and larger group engagement. This workshop is sponsored by the Doctoral Program Faculty and Leaders Learning Community. It will provide participants an opportunity to network with higher education professionals who are challenged with addressing the issues unique to doctoral education.

Download a detailed workshop description (pdf).


Who Should Attend?

Those who are professors or higher education leaders (chairs, deans, etc.) who either work primarily or exclusively in doctoral programs, or are from universities considering the development of a doctoral progam, will benefit from this workshop.


  • Grow network connections with doctoral faculty members and leaders arsound the U.S. and the globe.
  • Compare and contrast practices of their doctoral programs with those at other universities.
  • Share best practices and consider how these practices might apply to and improve doctoral programs at their university.
  • Develop collaborative and inclusive partnerships with others in the doctoral community to further initiatives both within their own institutions and across the global community of scholars.

Tracks: Leadership Education / Doctoral Faculty and Leaders Learning Community

Workshop Leaders & Presenters

Arthur F. Leger Arthur F. Leger Dung Tran
Rhonda Mcclellan
Tova Olson Sanders
Bruce Winston
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Thank you Benedictine University for being a Bronze Sponsor and sponsoring this event!

About Vern Ludden

Vern Ludden is professor of leadership studies at Indiana Wesleyan University where he has taught for 12 years in the organizational leadership doctoral program, served as chair of the doctoral program, and was instrumental in creating the conceptual framework of the PhD program. He teaches courses on organizational theory and learning, critical thinking, and research methods. Vern is dissertation coordinator for the department, wrote the curriculum for and taught the dissertation seminar course. He is a successful author, has numerous scholarly publications and presentations, and consulted with a large number of businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.


About Rhonda Mcclellan

Rhonda Mcclellan is director and professor of the PhD in Leadership program at the University of Central Arkansas. She has extensive experience in the study and preparation of leadership. She has taught and coordinated graduate programs in educational leadership development in New Mexico, Texas, and Arkansas. She has special research interests in leader development and integrative community leadership and has publications in Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration, Journal of Higher Education, and Journal of Research on Leadership Education.


About Tova Olson Sanders

Tova Olson Sanders is an associate teaching professor in the Graduate Education programs as well as the concentration lead for Organizational Leadership Studies at Northeastern University. Her research interests focus on shared and distributed leadership, innovative faculty work, and individual and organizational identity. Sanders received her EdD in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University and her Professional Coaching Certificate from Georgetown's Leadership Coaching Program.


About Bruce Winston

Bruce Winston has been a part of Regent University since 1991, both with the School of Business and the School of Business & Leadership. He is currently a professor of Business and Leadership and the director of the PhD in Organizational Leadership program. Winston's research interests include servant leadership, organizational development and transformation, leadership development, distance education, and technology in higher education.