Department of Leadership Studies
The University of Central Arkansas’s Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies (LEAD) program prepares scholar leaders to research and act for the common good. Students come to LEAD from across public sectors: education, public health, community arts, and community development. Throughout the program, students’ expertise is enriched by scholarly study of how integrative leadership and research can enhance the quality of life and well-being of Arkansans. Graduates of the program are prepared to lead through research to create social change.
Click here for more info on our application process. We are a face-to-face program, only occasionally offering online courses.
If you have an inkling to serve others and improve quality of life, the LEAD program is for you. You will learn how to use research to drive your decision-making and serve the people you are trying to help. — Chassidy – Cohort 2014
The PhD in Leadership enlists the Human Development Index (HDI) and other quality of life indicators to gauge vitality and need. 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 LEAD program is a way to explore my profession deeper and to better myself as an educator. Education in Arkansas is often viewed as being weak, but we can find ways to make improvements all across the board and the LEAD program is a great way to do that. — Cody – Cohort 2012
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 to contribute to the knowledge of contemporary leadership and to assume organizational leadership roles.
The program allows me to focus on diversity and multicultural communications. It allows me to be around people who also want to make a difference, and I’m going forward in my goals to help other people in my new country. — Katherine, Native of Ukraine – Cohort 2013
LEAD Monthly Newsletter
- Issue 10, Vol. 1 – July 2016 (A Year in Review)
- Issue 9, Vol. 1 – June 2016
- Issue 8, Vol. 1 – May 2016
- Issue 7, Vol. 1 – April 2016
- Issue 6, Vol. 1 – March 2016
- Issue 5, Vol. 1 – February 2016
- Issue 4, Vol. 1 – January 2016
- Issue 3, Vol. 1 – December 2015
- Issue 2, Vol. 1 – November 2015
- Issue 1, Vol. 1 – October 2015