Cheryl Getz

Associate Professor and Director of Leadership Minor

  • Leadership Studies
  • Ed.D University of San Diego, Leadership Studies
  • M.A. Central Michigan University, Athletic Administration
  • B.S. University of Cincinnati, Education

Cheryl Getz, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor and the Director of Leadership Minor in the Department of Leadership Studies. Her research interests include 1) using action research methodology to enhance the teaching of leadership; 2) the exploration of college student social identity; 3) the application of group relations theory to higher education administration and student affairs; 4) the development of inclusive and integrated leadership development; and 5) strengthening cultural competence through international travel and exchanges. She has held a variety of administration positions in SOLES, including Associate Dean, Director of Graduate and Credential Programs, Assistant Dean and Chair. She teaches courses for master's and doctoral students in the Higher Education Leadership Program, while teaching an undergraduate course in the leadership minor. She supervises Student Affairs graduate interns and teaches the accompanying seminar.

Recent Publications:

Haber, P., & Getz, C. (2011). Developing intercultural competence in future student affairs professionals through a graduate student global study course to Doha, Qatar. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 14(40), 463-486.


Getz, C. (2009). Teaching leadership as exploring sacred space. Education Action Research, 17(3), 447–461.

Bertram Gallant, T., and Getz, C. (2009). Facing organizational complexity and change: Rethinking leadership development. In, A. Kezar and R. Carducci (Eds.), New horizons for leadership development of faculty and administrators in higher education. Stylus.

Getz, C., and Gelb, S. (2007). Toward an integral approach to the teaching of leadership studies in higher education. Interal leadership review, VII(1).

Kirkley, E., and Getz, C. (2007). Model for sexual orientation education at a religiously-affiliated institution. Journal of gays and lesbians in international education, 4(3).