Sean Horrigan

Ph.D. in Leadership Studies

About Me

I have a BA in Education from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. My career began as an elementary school teacher but quickly transitioned to higher education where I have focused on Student Affairs. The positions I have held have focused on my interest in student leadership development, student conduct, and restorative justice. I currently work full-time as the Director of Student Conduct and Graduate Student Life at USD and am an adjunct faculty member for Organizational Leadership at National University.

How did you hear about SOLES and why did you choose to enroll?

I completed my MA in Leadership Studies in Spring 2004 and have been working at the University of San Diego since. I have found the Leadership program in SOLES to be an excellent academic experience with faculty who are committed to their teaching and student success. Both my strong interest in the field of leadership and familiarity with the educational experience in SOLES made the doctoral program a natural choice. 

Which class has impacted you the most?

The first course most doctoral students take is LEAD 600 with Dr. Monroe. The pedagogy for this class is unique and creates a sort of temporary organization where students study the behavior of the group in the present moment as it unfolds. This course is both intellectually rigorous and deeply reflective. This combination creates for a transformative learning experience. I was also honored to be able to act as a Senior Teaching Fellow for this class during my second year of the program.

Are there specific SOLES faculty you feel have contributed significantly to your success?

I have appreciated all of my experiences with SOLES faculty and feel that they are what makes this program so unique. One faculty member I will mention here isDr. Zachary Green who has been a close advisor and mentor during my program. He has helped to push both my academic and human development beyond where I thought possible and I am very grateful to have been able to experience his teaching. 

Connect with me!

Sean is a Student Ambassador for the School of Leadership and Education Sciences! Sean is available to speak with prospective students at many of our Open Houses and Information Sessions. If you are not able to attend an event but would still like to connect with Sean about his student experience, contact SOLES Admissions and Outreach or check out his entries on our Admissions Blog.