Sep 29, 2022  
2022-2023 Rivier University Academic Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Rivier University Academic Catalog

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership and Learning


John J. Gleason, Director
(603) 897-8592
Benoit Education Center, Room 101
jgleason@rivier.edu

Rivier University extends a tradition of excellence in education, counseling, and behavioral health services with its Doctoral Program in Leadership and Learning. The preparation of transformational leaders expands the mission of the University and the dialogue between faith and reason for leadership roles in the service of others.

The doctoral program is attractive to educators and professionals from a variety of disciplines, fields, and settings at various levels of professional practice, service, and leadership. We believe that the preparation of transformational leaders is based on engaging a diverse cohort of students in the practice of self-reflection, systematic inquiry, transformational change, and professional collaboration. In this process opportunities are created for the personal transformation that is necessary to facilitate change with others.  Our goal is to prepare leaders to reinvent organizations, institutions and systems within our communities towards serving the needs of others. Each of the program’s core courses is a vehicle to promote the examination of leadership, learning, and research.

Through doctoral study we seek to expand existing research on leadership and learning by systematically investigating research questions that have developed from the student’s personal and professional experience.  The outcome of this process is the emergence of innovative and creative leaders committed to understanding the process of learning for personal growth and improved achievement, the nature of change and transformation, and the implications for policy analysis and formation.

 

GOALS

Transformational Leadership

Pedagogy for Leadership

 

Reflective Practice of Learning

Pedagogy for Reflective Practice

 

Systematic Inquiry

Pedagogy for Inquiry

 

Human Similarities and Differences

Pedagogy for Diversity

 

Professional Collaboration

Pedagogy for Professionalism

 

Personal and Professional Transformation

Pedagogy for Transformation

 

OBJECTIVES

Transformational Leadership

Pedagogy for Leadership

Knowledge

To understand the various models, constructs, and theories of leadership and their application for participants in social settings.

Skill

To understand and apply the various forms of leadership to particular individuals, groups, organizations, and systems.

Dispositions

To demonstrate the characteristics and qualities of transformational leadership to the understanding of the context of different systems, organizations, and institutions.

Actions

To demonstrate the ways in which personal and collective actions must consider the social, cultural, moral, ethical, economic, and political contexts of others.

 

Reflective Practice of Learning

Pedagogy for Reflective Practice

Knowledge

To understand the theory and nature of human growth and development learning, and research for the ways they influence the formulation of leadership and vision within organizations.

Skill

To think systematically and critically about our own ways of learning as a vehicle to understand substantive change for ourselves and others.

Dispositions

To develop intellectual curiosity and openness to self-examination in the discussion of the practices and policies intended to support and improve learning.

Actions

To demonstrate critical reflection on the personal abilities, interests, and needs that develop from the process of inquiry.

 

Systematic Inquiry

Pedagogy for Inquiry

Knowledge

To understand the various traditions and forms of systematic inquiry and research in the physical and social sciences.

Skill

To move from systematic thinking about practices to practices based on research incorporating research in decision making for the development, refinement, and implementation of policies and practices.

Dispositions

To achieve improvement and reform through the application of scientific principles to understand practice, processes, and policies.

Actions

To conduct research on a topic of personal interest and professional significance through systematic inquiry.

 

Similarities and Differences

Pedagogy for Diversity

Knowledge

To understand the range and variation in the similarities and differences in human nature that affect leadership and learning, communication and interaction, and the development of the self and participation with others.

Skill

To develop and implement policies, practices, and processes that affect the nature and conditions of leadership and learning, interaction and communication, and the development of the self and others.

Dispositions

To cultivate appreciation for understanding of the multiple ways that individuals develop and learn that influences their participation in organizations, services, and agencies in educational and social services.

Actions

To understand persons of diverse backgrounds, interests, abilities, needs, talents, and challenges to apply this understanding in their own research data.

 

Professional Collaboration

Pedagogy for Professionalism

Knowledge

To demonstrate knowledge of theories of the social and cultural processes that affect learning in social settings and systems.

Skill

To demonstrate leadership among peers and colleagues in the creation of a learning and working community with professional development that leads to the acquisition of specific knowledge, skills, dispositions, and actions for members of the community.

Disposition

To demonstrate a commitment to ethical and moral action in the attainment of social justice for all and, in particular, the poor and the powerless.

Action

To state the implications in the student’s own research in terms of the benefits for others.

 

Personal and Professional Transformation

Pedagogy for Transformation

Knowledge

Understanding of the emergence of the self as a critical component for understanding the other, the practices that are supportive and helpful of others, and the ways transformation of organizations, institutions, and systems evolve from the self to others.

Skill

To acquire a critical perspective on the nature and quality of help and support that is necessary for and beneficial to others.

Disposition

To identify the transformational leadership qualities that students hold and to recognize those qualities in others.

Action

To see in your own research, the implications for others; the adoption and application of an ethical and moral perspective; a commitment to distributive and social justice; and the economic, social, and political effect the research holds for others.

Degree Requirements (minimum 51 Credits)


Dissertation Research (minimum 15 Credits)


The goal of doctoral study is to complete an original independent research study on a topic of personal and professional interest and significance. This personal inquiry involves the student in the design, conduct, analysis, write-up and defense of their dissertation research. 

The student presents the results and findings of the dissertation research at a public defense to the academic community. Subsequent to the public presentation the student participates in a private review of their research with their dissertation committee. The submission of the final bound copy of the dissertation to the library completes the degree requirements.

Colloquium (3 Credits)


Each year students register for an on campus colloquium. The three campus visits take place on a Friday and Saturday to promote student faculty engagement and communication about doctoral study. Students are responsible for the cost of travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with the residency experience.