Student Outcomes

Ph.D. in Leadership Studies

Department of Leadership Studies

Our Students

Our students are incredibly diverse in their backgrounds, research interests and career trajectories. Click here to view our student profiles or read on to learn more about our student and alumni outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1: PhD candidates will articulate prominent leadership theories in Leadership Studies, analyze and critique these theories, and apply these theories in the course of addressing a variety of organizational issues and problems.

Outcome 2: PhD candidates will realistically appraise their personal strengths and weaknesses exercising leadership. They will actualize leadership in real and complex situations.

Outcome 3: PhD candidates will be able to use a range of perspectives and theoretical constructs from various social science/humanities disciplines/fields of study to analyze, critique, and make decisions about an array of leadership and organizational issues and problems.

Outcome 4: PhD candidates will demonstrate the methodological skills necessary to design, analyze, critique, and conduct research using both qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

Outcome 5: Students’ written and oral communication will be clear, coherent, well organized, and technically correct. 

Outcome 6: Students will critically examine culture other than own, and apply the knowledge gained within their personal and professional lives.

Alumni Outcomes

There are over 300 alumni of the doctorate in Leadership Studies. Our alumni include professors, researchers, educators, policymakers, school leaders, university administrators, consultants, executive directors of nonprofits, business leaders, and more.

Dissertation Directory

Explore our searchable directory of doctoral alumni below. To learn more about any individual click the arrow to the right of his or her name.

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First Name
Last Name
Year Graduated
JanSecrist1996Voices of Midlife Tomboys: A Narrative StudyMore detail
Ole-KristianSetnes2014Central And Secondary Struggles In Social Interventions: The Impact Of Group Relations Learning On Real Life PracticesMore detail
MaryShea2006So You Think It's Inclusion... Think Again: A Quantitative Analysis of Stakeholder Perceptions in Community Youth OrganizationsMore detail
JanShields1999Towards a New Theory of Personal Teaching Efficacy: The Development and Testing of a New Model and Scale Using Teachers and Student Teachers Participating in a Reflective Practitioner Model PracticumMore detail
WilliamShine1986A Study of Retention and Leadership: A Process Model of TurnoverMore detail
EthelynShippey1993An Evaluative Study of the Effects of the PIRK Reading Program on Reading and Learning in Development in Learning Disabled Students More detail
JensenShirley2009Congregation Activism in the Community: A Study of Faith-Based LeadershipMore detail
AndriaShook2015Educating The Whole Child: Evidence Of Health And Wellness Instruction In Schools Serving Low-Income StudentsMore detail
RobertSiciliani1998The Development of an Instrument to Identify Differing Views of Leadership Within OrganizationsMore detail
LindaSiefert2002Modeling the Effects of Financial Aid on Student Enrollment Decisions: A Quantitative Case Study of a Private Catholic UniversityMore detail
DavidSilver2010Understanding Charter School Governance: A Case Study of a Conversion Charter School Board of DirectorsMore detail
SandraSingleton1990California Pioneers in Speech Pathology: 1915 Through 1951 Looking Back for the FutureMore detail
LoriSipe2013Leadership For Innovation In The Memories Business: A Mixed Methods Study Of A Hospitality And Tourism MarketplaceMore detail
KarenSkalbeck1991Profile of a Transformational Leader: A Sacred MissionMore detail
MarilynSkordas1988The Impact of the Father/Daughter Relationship on Women in Educational Administrative Leadership PositionsMore detail
KathrynSkube1995Self-Esteem: A Descriptive Study of Students of San Diego Unified School District at Grades 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 Related to Components of Self EsteemMore detail
EllaSloan2003W.E.B. Dubois's \Talented Tenth\: A Pioneering Conception of Transformational Leadership\\""\\""\""\""\""\"""""More detail
AnthonySmith1987Shared Organizational Culture and Leader Communication: A Study of CorrelationMore detail
OwenSmith2011Exploration of the Impostor Phenomenon in Law School StudentsMore detail
RodricSmith2017Love+Leadership: An Exploration Of Attachment Theory And Authentic Leader DevelopmentMore detail
StevenSmith2006The Reluctant Sorority: Stories of American Wives of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, 1965-1973 / Lessons in Exercising Leadership in the Absence of PowerMore detail
ChristianeSorenson2010Balancing Act: A Study of International School Heads' Efforts to Manage the Professional and Personal Aspects of Their LivesMore detail
AntoniaSpadaro1997The Wrath of Ignorance: Schizophrenic Policies in Access to Health Care for Undocumented LatinasMore detail
TeresaSpoulos2006The Dilemma of Disclosure for College Students with Attention Deficit DisorderMore detail
RichardStakelum2010The Lost-Boys PhenomenonMore detail
LouiseStanger1999Lifting the Veil off Widowhood: Portraits of TransformationMore detail
KristenStonebreaker1991An Analysis of Selected California Community College Faculty Members' Perceptions of Challenges Experienced During the First Year of HireMore detail
JudithStrattan1990Directions for Leadership of the Association of California Community College Administrators in the 1990'sMore detail
Gregory Stump2003Employee Receptivity to Three Hundred Sixty Degree Feedback Systems as a Function of Employee Trust and Employee Commitment: An Exploratory StudyMore detail
LorriSulpizio2010Women and Authority: Transitioning Into A Role Of Assigned Authority As A Graduate Teaching Assistant in A Leadership ClassMore detail
LawrenceSykoff1988The Emergence of the Middle School in Independent EducationMore detail
PatriciaTaepke2007Effect of Computer-Aided Instruction on Grades in Middle School AlgebraMore detail
HenryTan1991Leadership Development at a Training Center in the PhilippinesMore detail
StephanieTarkington1989Improving Critical Thinking Skills Using Paideia Seminars in a Seventh Grade Literature CurriculumMore detail
PatrickTellei2005Omesubel A Ureor: Workforce Development in Palau From Pre-Contact to 1999More detail
Kedir AssefaTessema2015Aspiring And Doing Activism Under Repressive Systems: A Narrative Inquiry Of Former Student ActivistsMore detail
D. BethanTheunissen2016"Intonations Of Their Own Language:" An Analysis Of Resonance And Leadership In Two Young Adult-Filled, Progressive Mainstream Congregations In The Pacific NorthwestMore detail
MinaretaThompson2004Roles and Responsibilities of Chiefs in the Council of Chiefs Within a Village in American SamoaMore detail
DavidTiedmann1986Media Services in Higher Education: A Delphi Study for the 1990'sMore detail
DanielTillapaugh2012Toward an Integrated Self: Making Meaning of the Multiple Identities of Gay Men in CollegeMore detail
DeborahToups2006Mentoring of Special Education AdministratorsMore detail
RafaelTovar Y Lopez-Portillo2016Understanding The Role Of Women As Leaders In Mexican Politics: Looking Back And Moving Forward More detail
BarbaraTrent1993An Evaluation of Student Perceptions of Academic Advising in a RN/BSN Distance Educational Nursing ProgramMore detail
NicholasTrongale2001Changes in Navy Leadership Theory and Practice: Post-VietnamMore detail
DarrenTune2016Who Leads Nonprofit Organizations And What Does It Matter? A Mixed Methods Study Of The Impact Of Different Sector Experience On Nonprofit LeadershipMore detail
HowardTwomey2004Two Perspectives on the Effectiveness of an Entry-Level Community Rehabilitation Training Program: A Comparison of Student and Supervisorial PerceptionsMore detail
JulieUlloa-Heath2003Leadership Behaviors and Communication Satisfaction: Community Colleges in MicronesiaMore detail
Shelly Valdez2003Looking Forward, Looking Back, Looking Inward: Lessons From Vital Women Leaders in Old AgeMore detail
MarêaValle1984Public Education in Baja California in Tijuanaês First SchoolMore detail
NoeliaVela1989A Delphi Study of California Community College Counselors' Responsibilities and Competencies for the 1990's as Perceived by Chief Student Services AdministratorsMore detail
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