Change Leadership for Equity and Inclusion (CLEI)

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[1] Graduate Courses in Change Leadership (CLEI)

8301 LEADERSHIP ETHICS Leadership Ethics surveys the theory, approaches, and research in leadership ethics relevant to the process of leading change in diverse cultural and political contexts. Students explore and analyze the dominant ethics perspectives in both institutional and interpersonal domains through the complex interplay of logos, ethos, and pathos; current issues of justice, democratic deliberation, discourse ethics, and critical analysis of leadership hegemony. The role of values, virtues, trust, power, information, collaboration, and innovation is discussed within the context of ethical environments, decision-making, and current challenges facing leaders and organizations. Students will apply dialogic ethics to current social change issues in a final project.

8303 LEADING AND LEARNING This course is designed to help candidates understand how people learn and the importance of understanding learning in leadership. In this course, we will explore research-based learning frameworks that influence the leader’s development and practice. Students will reflect on their understanding of the research on how people learn and lifelong learning as an influence on leadership engagement. We will investigate the myths of learning, the science of learning, and how different perceptions of learning may challenge leaders. Ideas of growth mindset, design, and lifelong learning are critical considerations for effective leadership and leadership research.

8305 LEADERSHIP FOR EQUITY AND INCLUSION This course will address the core issues surrounding equity, inclusion, and belonging within the scope of institutional effectiveness, with a particular emphasis on the identification of strategies to confront bias and discrimination while reaffirming the principles and practices of an inclusive organization in which diverse voices are elevated and empowered. In this course, we will explore multiple leadership approaches and leadership theories focused on equity and inclusion. We will investigate issues of privilege, personal bias, and systemic barriers that influence leaders engaging in supporting the capabilities of diverse populations. We will explore how research-based leadership approaches or styles influence increasing equity and opportunity for all.

8307 LEADER AS AN AGENT OF CHANGE In this course we will explore how leaders develop as agents of change, influencing people, policy, and conditions. Candidates will explore theories and research of leading change and investigate how leaders act as change agents to steer innovations in an organizational setting, generate and mobilize resources, negotiate partnerships with the public sector, create and sustain support for innovation and transition toward institutionalization and long-term sustainability. Engagement in this course will enhance the participants’ knowledge of research and theories of leaders as change agents and how the knowledge is applied in practice. The focus will be on a theme of leadership for equity and inclusion.

8309 LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATION In this course, we will explore how leaders collaborate with all sectors of the community (e.g. nonprofit, public, civic, and private organizations). We will also explore how leaders navigate and communicate within the local community and political environments to collaborate. The content includes the politics and challenges of collaboration and the association with other mission aspects including a shared vision, engagement, and achievement. Engagement in this course will enhance the participants’ knowledge of the research and theories of how leaders work within communities, and how the knowledge is applied in practice. In the course, we will investigate collaborative and collective leadership theories to enhance participants’ knowledge of how leaders work together to create and sustain a thriving equitable community.

8311 RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Research Design and Methods teaches the basic competencies necessary for designing solid research in an area suitable for the rigor of a dissertation. The course emphasizes reasoning, critical thinking, and literature review assessment and analysis. Students will investigate and apply appropriate research methods for an ethical, relevant, and rigorous research study. Students will evaluate social science research as they develop a supporting literature review, and formulate and align research problems, research question(s), design, data collection and analysis supported with a conceptual framework of study. Students will investigate and consider both qualitative and quantitative research methods, sampling, and research designs (RCT, Quasi-experimental, cross-sectional, case studies) in writing a research proposal.

8313 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH 1 Quantitative Research 1 is designed to acquaint candidates with a variety of statistical methods commonly used in research. Through the process of learning these techniques candidates will also develop basic skills in research design and logical reasoning. The course will focus on applied statistics with an emphasis on using technology for statistical calculations and developing results for interpretation. The primary purpose of this course is for candidates to conceptually understand why selected statistical techniques are used to analyze data. In addition, candidates will be able to interpret results related to completed data analysis related to selected statistical techniques. Prerequisite: CLEI 8311.

8315 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH 1 This course explores qualitative methods used in social science research, focusing primarily on methods used in educational research. Theoretical and ethical aspects of methods will be examined. Readings on specific research methods will contribute to the formulation of a research project to be carried out during the semester. Lecture, discussion. The course will involve the application and interpretation of qualitative research. The primary purpose of this course is for candidates to conceptually understand qualitative research designs and their application to social science research. Prerequisite: CLEI 8311.

8317 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH 2 Quantitative Research 2 is an advanced doctoral-level methodology class focusing on common multivariable and multivariate research and analysis conducted in social science research studies. The course will focus on applied statistics with an emphasis on using technology for statistical calculations and developing results for interpretation. Students will advance their knowledge and skills of quantitative research and the statistical analysis required to conduct pre-study and dissertation research projects. Students will know how to design multivariate studies, conduct regression, factor analysis, and structural equation modeling. Students will know how to apply these techniques to moderation, mediation, and predictive studies as well as gain experience in developing new scales and instruments, and testing these for reliability and validity. Students will develop skills in using SPSS as well as analyzing and reporting multivariate research in APA format for publishable research projects and dissertations. Prerequisite: CLEI 8313.

8319 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH 2 This course focuses on the analysis and presentation of qualitative research. This course will develop the PhD candidate’s ability to engage in and complete qualitative research at the doctoral level. The purpose of this research course is to continue the development of the researcher with particular focus on gathering and analyzing qualitative data. This course will also prepare PhD candidates to present and publish qualitative research. Prerequisite: CLEI 8315.

8388 RESEARCH METHODS: SCHOLARLY WRITING This course is designed as a foundational course for success as students begin the doctoral journey. The concepts and skill sets introduced in this course are re-visited, refined, and studied in more depth, and practiced in the remaining courses throughout the doctoral program. This course examines doctoral studies, resources, philosophical issues, and basics of research and scholarly writing. The course will include discussion of how to find a research topic, design an overview of the structure and function of a dissertation, and critically review the research literature. Students will be required to complete a series of group and individual projects involving critical reading and writing on research topics.

8V99 DISSERTATION Candidates will enroll in the course to complete their comprehensive exam, develop and present their dissertation prospectus, and conduct an original and substantial leadership focused research project or projects in their emphasis area with the approval of their advisor and dissertation committee. Candidates must maintain continued enrollment in the course until the course is successfully completed. Prerequisite: Enrolled in final semester of the PhD program coursework.

9396 DISSERTATION PROBLEM OF PRACTICE PHASE 1 This is the first in a sequence of four courses for CLEI PhD students to work on and complete their dissertation. In this course, students will complete the literature review. Prerequisites: CLEI 8311 and 8388, 6 hours of CLEI concentration, and 6 hours of CLEI leadership core.

9397 DISSERTATION PROBLEM OF PRACTICE PHASE 2 This is the second in a sequence of four courses for the CLEI PhD students to work on and complete their dissertation. In this course, students will complete their proposed research methodology and present their dissertation proposal to their committee. Prerequisite: CLEI 9396.

9398 DISSERTATION PROBLEM OF PRACTICE PHASE 3 This is the third in a sequence of four courses for the CLEI PhD students to work on and complete the dissertation. In this course, students will complete the data analysis, results, and conclusion sections of their individual dissertations while simultaneously meeting with their assigned methodologist and dissertation chair. Prerequisite: CLEI 9397.

9V99 DISSERTATION PROBLEM OF PRACTICE PHASE 4 (Variable credit: 1-3 credit hours; minimum of 3 hours required) This capstone course provides students the opportunity to finalize the completed Problem of Practice, complete the defense process, and consider ways to build beyond their doctoral research in their careers as scholars and researchers. Prerequisite: CLEI 9398.