PhD in Leadership Studies program boasts three UCA Service-Learning Award winners
At UCA’s inaugural service-learning awards ceremony in April, three of six awards were given to students in the Interdisciplinary PhD Leadership Studies program in the College of Education to recognize their exemplary commitment to and excellence in service-learning and civic engagement. The “Service-Learning Champion” award was given for development of the program.
Mariama Laouali Balla, a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary PhD Leadership Studies program, was awarded the “Spirit of Humanity” award for her work with the field-based service-learning Women’s Foundation of Arkansas project, her work in cultural diversity on college and elementary school levels, and the research report of the economics of educating Arkansas women. The project is investigating the benefits of an education and how educational attainment can positively influence the economic landscape of Arkansas. Mariama’s long-term goal is to help address existing and emerging inequalities and concerns among family and community around the world through research and scholarship. Leadership associate professor Dr. Rhonda McClellan said of Balla, “Mariama epitomizes the spirit of humanity.”
Timothy Bullington, a second-year student in the Interdisciplinary PhD Leadership Studies program, received the “Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning” award for his work with the with the Stuttgart and Conway Chambers of Commerce on projects to address quality of life and leadership issues in communities. He helped produce Conway’s new master plan and assisted with an investigation of how community development decisions affect the draw and retention of college graduates by providing community leaders a social network analysis – a statistical mapping of how people interact and how these interactions relate to the strength of democratic participation. Tim along with faculty and students presented this study at the International Leadership Association research conference in Montreal, Canada, where it received praise from international scholars. Associate Professor Dr. Rhonda McClellan states, “Tim is a public servant. His scholarly passions and skills serve the common good and are dedicated to making Arkansas a better place for all Arkansans.”
Dr. Hunter Phillips Goodman, first graduate of the Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies program at UCA, received the “Champion of Service-Learning” award for her work with faculty, staff, and administration to build the comprehensive service-learning program and faculty fellows’ development model. Through her doctoral research Hunter explores the role of university leadership in civic engagement within private liberal arts institutions. Nationally, she serves as chairperson of the IMPACT National Student Conference on Service, Action, and Advocacy board of directors. “The PhD Leadership program at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) has helped me explore and connect my practical experience as a leader in the nonprofit and higher education arenas with theory and research,” said Goodman. “It has deepened my theoretical understanding and practical application of leadership."
“ I am proud of the service work that these PhD students have done under the leadership of Dr. Rhonda McClellan, PhD Leadership Program Director. Given the mission of the program, these awards verify that the PhD program is effective in attracting and developing ‘servant-leaders’ for public sector and not-for-profit organizations.” Dean Pounder
Leah Horton serves as a faculty member for Science and Society in Rwanda which is an interdisciplinary service-learning opportunity for students. These Study Abroad courses investigate the intersection of science and culture through service-learning. Students discuss issues such as the colonial creation of race, modernity, material culture, environmentalism, & society, and the 1994 genocide. All students participate in projects that address quality education, environmental conservation, access to basic needs and social entrepreneurship. Rwanda Study Abroad is currently raising money for students to travel and participate in this fieldwork. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for information on upcoming opportunities for you to contribute. You may also contact Mrs. Horton directly to donate email@example.com
Sheldon Slinkard hopes to vitalize religious discussions on campus, particularly on Paganism. Pagans United meets every Thursday evening to discuss various forms of paganism and how they differ from each other and other religions. Read about his recent efforts in this story covered by the Log Cabin Democrat.
LEAD students and faculty collaborated with the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce to help in the development of the city's emerging leaders. Students and faculty lead four leadership development workshops in the spring of 2014. The project also provided students the opportunity to examine their own experiences and development as emerging leaders.
LEAD students Wes Alford and Tim Bullington, along with LEAD director Rhonda McClellan, recently presented findings from the Community Development and Graduate Draw and Retention research project to leaders from the City of Conway, City of Conway Chamber of Commerce, UCA, Hendrix, and Central Baptist College. This research was also presented at the 2013 Conference of the International Leadership Association in Montreal, Canada. This project represents a year of work from seven LEAD students.
Craig Lindholm and Michael Blanchett, along with other members of the Conway Parks Project research team, recently presented progress reports to members of the Conway City Council. Team members also worked on scheduling town hall meetings to discuss the project with the public. Learn more about the Parks Project here.
Cohort 3 member Sara Brown was named the Director of Development for National Park Community College in Hot Springs. Congratulations, Sara!
A group of LEAD researchers recently presented their research proposal to the board of the Women's Foundation of Arkansas. The proposed research will examine the economics of educating women in Arkansas. Watch for more on this project in the coming year.
Congratulations are in order for Kristy Carter! Kristy was announced as the recipient of the Advocate for Opportunity award from the Minority Enterprise Development committee, an arm of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce designed to foster growth and sustainability of minority businesses. The Advocate for Opportunity award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant accomplishments in educating and advocating for minority business enterprise.
Kristy serves as the Executive Director of the Division of Outreach and Community Engagement at UCA but she also volunteers her time and talents to assist minority entrepreneurs and minority-owned nonprofits and small businesses with branding and marketing initiatives.
Congratulations to Hunter Phillips Goodman on her book review in The Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. She reviewed the book The Power of Social Innovation: How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite Community Networks for Good by Stephen Goldsmith.
Craig Lindholm, a member of cohort 1, presented at the Community Development Institute (CDI) about how community leaders can act as Network Weavers when working on community development projects. CDI trains community and economic development professionals in Arkansas and surrounding states. The institute builds the capacity of individuals and communities to positively impact economic and social development. This is achieved by expanding individual’s ability to identify community assets, set goals, encourage collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders, and bring together groups of people to respond to a broad range of economic and quality of life issues. Craig is a graduate of CDI and the recipient of the Ernest Whitelaw Award.
LEAD students Wes Alford, Tim Bullington, and Craig Lindholm presented at the National Conference of Academic Deans. The presentation focused on how provosts, deans, and associate deans can connect informal social networks that exist within organizations in an effort to create collaborative and ethical academic communities with shared accountability.
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Leadership students and faculty partnered with officials from The Women's Foundation of Arkansas and UALR to show a documentary titled "Girl Rising." The film tells the story of nine girls from nine different countries who buck the status quo and seek knowledge because they believe education offers hope for a brighter future and an escape from poverty and and persecution. This film in important to Arkansas because recent statistics reveal that one in four young women in the state do not complete their high school education.
Read more about the event in the KUAR article by LEAD student Malcolm Glover.
LEAD students Jamie Stacks, Jenny Hunt, Cicily Tubb-Warbington, and Diane Wolfe and LEAD Director, Rhonda McClellan participated in a panel discussion with members of the Women's Foundation of Arkansas after a screening of the movie "Girl Rising." The panel discussed statistics about women in Arkansas and took questions from members of the audience.
LEAD students are working with faculty and students from the GIS masters program and the Environmental Science program to prepare a City Parks Master Plan.
Harvell Howard, LEAD student and coordinator of the African American Male Initiative, recently spoke to the Little Rock chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Harvell shared his experiences working in the nonprofit sector and provided tips on building a professional network in order to create positive community change.
LEAD student Craig Lindholm was recently certified as a Professional Community Economic Developer (PCED). Only those professionals with adequate applied experience can take the certification exam. Craig was able to sit for the exam due to his extensive background and experience in community and economic development and because of the preparation he received by participating in the Community Development Institute at UCA.
Craig serves as the Executive Director of Community Redevelopment and Grants for the City of Texarkana, Texas and as Health Director for Bowie County, Texas.
UCA's Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, directed by LEAD student Kristy Carter, and the Community Development Institute, which is held on the campus of UCA, were the recent recipients of the Governor's Quality Challenge Award by the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence. The Challenge Award is the starting point for any organization interested in adopting and applying quality principles to attain performance excellence.
Read more about this story on the Division of Outreach's blog.
LEAD student Mara Cawein and Dr. Patty Phelps of the College of Education recently submitted a book chapter proposal to Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education. Sixty two proposals were received by Kappa Delta Pi and theirs was one of only twenty accepted for development and inclusion in the book. The chapter is on teacher leadership among nationally board certified teachers.
LEAD student Malcolm Glover was recently named to Arkansas Business' list of the "The New Influentials: 20 in their 20s." Click here to see the story from Arkansas Business.
LEAD student Damond Jackson was recently named as the University of Central Arkansas' first SREB Doctoral Fellow. The fellowship assists minority graduate students interested in pursuing careers in academia. Read more about Damond and his fellowship in an article by the Log Cabin Democrat here.
LEAD student Craig Lindholm recently completed the 3-year program at the Community Development Institute (CDI) held on the campus of UCA. Craig was also selected by his peers in CDI to be the recipient of the Ernest Whitelaw Award. Recipients of the Whitelaw Award exemplify the highest standards of dedication to the field of community development and demonstrate strong leadership throughout their CDI experience. Craig serves as the Executive Director of Community Redevelopment and Grants for the City of Texarkana, Texas and as Health Director for Bowie County, Texas.
Learn more about the Community Development Institute here.
Malcolm Glover, LEAD student and KUAR morning radio host, was recently the subject of a profile piece in Sync magazine. Read the interview with Malcolm here.
Hunter Phillips Goodman, a member of the inaugural class of the LEAD program, completed her second year of teaching the Working with Nonprofits course at the Community Development Institute held on the campus of UCA. For six years, Hunter served as Executive Director of Arkansas Coalition for Excellence (ACE), Arkansas’ association for nonprofit professionals, businesses, individuals, and foundations invested in Arkansas’s nonprofit sector.
LEAD students Wesley Alford and Hunter Phillips Goodman and faculty members Dr. Amy Hawkins, Dr. Tim Atkinson, and Dr. Rhonda McClellan lead a panel discussion at the International Leadership Association's annual conference in Denver in October. The panel discussed the shared experiences of faculty, staff and students involved in implementing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at a primarily undergraduate institution. The emphasis was on overcoming traditional boundaries in Higher Education to establish an innovative doctoral program.