Preparing Leaders for a Turbulent World:
The Status of Doctoral Programs
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When: Thursday, October 12| 09:00 - 12:00 | HALF DAY
Where: Studio 312 - SQUARE
Ticket Price: ILA members - $56 | non-members - $75
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In this half-day workshop, the ILA Doctoral Program Faculty and Leaders Learning Community will build upon topics first raised in their pre-conference workshop at the 2016 Atlanta conference. Workshop leaders will gear the conversation toward an understanding of guided principles regarding doctoral leadership education and a capturing of this information for colleagues within and beyond ILA. Participants will brainstorm, pool, and synthesize main ideas. These exercises will lead to learning community objectives and action steps for upcoming projects and for a broader conceptualization of how doctoral leadership education is working within the confines of and preparing students for a turbulent world.

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Workshop Leaders & Presenters

Gus Gustafson Tova Olson Sanders Rhonda McClellan
Jim "Gus" Gustafson
Benedictine University - College of Business
Tova Olson Sanders
Northeastern University
Rhonda McClellan
University of Central Arkansas
  Who Should Attend?

This workshop targets all faculty and administrators of doctoral leadership education.

What Will Attendees Gain?

Attendees will:

  • Increase their knowledge regarding what doctoral leadership programs exist and who is involved in those programs. (Camaraderie and possible collaborations increase solidarity in times of trouble)
  • Synthesize knowledge of the field and how we are going about disseminating that knowledge (Knowing what we know can be fodder for addressing issues we face; Being able to access and contribute to that fodder can be empowering for doctoral faculty and leaders)
  • Organize ourselves for the benefit of doctoral leadership education (Leadership can better ourselves and our students for education, research, and leadership)

Track: Leadership Education


Jim "Gus" Gustafson, Ph.D. is the Leadership Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Values-Driven Leadership (Benedictine University) – where he co-architected and teaches in the Executive Doctoral Program. He also served for the last five years as Executive Minister and Chief Transformation Officer at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa (the largest and fastest growing Lutheran church in the USA). Prior to leading Hope, Gus was responsible for Strategic Leadership Research and Development and Organizational Transformation at U.S. Cellular, where he received several awards for his pioneering work in leadership development and organizational transformation.



Tova Olson Sanders is an associate teaching professor in the Graduate Education programs as well as the concentration lead for Organizational Leadership Studies at Northeastern University. Her research interests focus on shared and distributed leadership, innovative faculty work, and individual and organizational identity. Sanders received her EdD in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University and her Professional Coaching Certificate from Georgetown's Leadership Coaching Program.



Rhonda McClellan, Director and Professor of Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies, is pleased to be engaging again with colleagues at the ILA and the Doctoral Faculty and Leadership Learning Community events. She has been an active scholar in the field of leadership for over a decade. Her interests include leader identity and development.