The University of Central Arkansas PhD in Leadership (LEAD) prepares scholar leaders to research and act for the common good. Recognizing that complex challenges require an integration of responsible leaders from various community sectors, program graduates will transform education and government/nonprofit organizations to strengthen human and community capabilities.
The PhD in Leadership enlists the Human Development Index (HDI) and other indicators of limited living conditions to gauge vitality and need in the state and region. With knowledge of networking, decision-making, and research, graduates advance community and human development by targeting educational attainment, community vitality, public health, cultural/fine arts, environmental sustainability, and other developmental factors.
The PhD in Leadership program is the only degree program of its kind in Arkansas and is unique to this region of the United States. The program, taught by faculty from a variety of academic disciplines, offers a broad-based, interdisciplinary curriculum using scholarly skills and research for preparing active professionals from education, government/non-profit settings to contribute to the knowledge of contemporary community leadership and to assume organizational leadership roles.
Program faculty, students, and graduates investigate and act upon the needs of Arkansans and the state. Their work in building human, education, and community capacity will influence the living conditions of Arkansans and the Human Development Index/American Human Development state statistics will be improved. The program and students’ contributions will enhance UCA’s presence in educational, social, economic, and political matters.