University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences
Leadership Events News and Scholarship
Fall 2010

Interim Chair
A.K. Rice Institute Symposium
Undergraduates Explore Social Change
ILA Conference
Student Updates
Alumni Updates
Faculty Updates
The ELDA Principle
Leadership Studies Professor to Appear in Mad Men
Alumna Receives Awards for Resistance Group Research
American Humanics News

Seventh Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium 

January 7-8, 2011

Leadership for Change 
January 14-16, 2011

International Society for Military Ethics 2011 Symposium

January 25-28, 2011

SOLES Spring Information Session

January 29, 2011


December 23-31 University Closed for Winter Holidays

January 3
Intersession courses begin

January 17
Final fee payment deadline for Spring 2011 term

January 17
Martin Luther King Day (University Closed)

January 24
Spring Semester begins

February 1
Financial Aid Applications for Summer available

Feb 28-Mar 11
Online Registration for Summer 2011 classes


March 14-18
Spring Break (No classes)

April 1
Deadline to Remove Incompletes from Fall / Intersession

April 4
Fall Registration begins

April 8
Summer course fees due (online registration)

April 21-25
Easter Break (No classes)


April 26
Last day to defend dissertation for May Graduation

May 10
Last Day of Classes

May 10 

Dissertations and Thesis due to Graduate Records for January Graduates

May 18
Deadline to petition for January 2012 graduation

May 21-22

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Department of Leadership Studies
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Visting Professor Serves as Interim Chair

The Department of Leadership Studies was fortunate to have long-time visiting professor, Zachary Green, PhD, to serve as Interim Department Chair during the fall semester.  We thank him for his service this past semester and look forward to his continued teaching role this spring.  Cheryl Getz will resume her role as chair upon her return from Sabbatical in the Spring 2011 semester.
Zachary Green

Dr. Green comes to USD from his former role as a senior scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland, and he is also the co-founder of Group Relations International.  Dr. Green's background includes training as a clinical psychologist.  He specializes in systems analysis and strategy, organizational transformation, negotiations of identity based-conflicts, leadership development, and crisis intervention.

In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Green is a practitioner, coach and consultant for numerous organizations, educational institutions, public advocacy groups, and government agencies.  Recent clients include the World Bank, Brookings Institution, Microsoft, the National Children's Medical Center, and the National Laboratories at Los Alamos.

This fall, Dr. Green taught Consulting to Groups, and he will teach three courses this spring: Race, Gender and Culture in Higher Education; Of Love and Leadership, and a special topics course titled Leading Dialogue. 

Department of Leadership Studies Celebrates 100% Participation

Kiva is an online micro-lending organization whose mission is to: "connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty."  Kiva connects individuals to entrepreneurs around the world, and allows lenders to make an impact for as little as $25.  

This fall, the Department of Leadership Studies embarked upon a campaign to achieve 100% participation on the School of Leadership and Education Sciences Kiva Lending Team.  Throughout one semester nearly 40 faculty, staff and students joined the Kiva community, representing each academic program, center, and institute within the Department of Leadership Studies.         

The SOLES Kiva Lending Team was established in September 2010 and has 83 members to date.  The team has made 66 loans in the amount of $1,700.

Join the SOLES Kiva Lending Team today!   

USD Professors and Students Attend and Present at A.K. Rice Institute's Annual Symposium on Group Relations 
AK Rice 2010 Group
A.K. Rice Institute Past President, Jack Lampl with Ole-Kristian Setnes, Michael Lindsay, Terri Monroe, Cheryl Getz, Julie Zoellin Cramer,
Carlos Nelson, and Maggie Barber

The Department of Leadership Studies had a strong contingency at the A.K. Rice Institute's 2010 Symposium in Chicago, Illinois.  Professors Cheryl Getz, Terri Monroe and Zachary Green (via Skype) attended with doctoral students Julie Zoellin Cramer, Ole-Kristian Setnes, adjunct faculty member Daniel Mayer, and their colleagues from around the country. 

Zachary Green participated in a panel entitled, "Authority and Legitimacy: The Evolving Application of the World Event, an Innovation in Conference Work, as Experienced in the November, 2009 Teachers College Group Relations Conference." 

Professors Getz and Monroe participated in a panel discussion about the organization and its intersection with academic institutions entitled, "The AKRI/Academy Boundary: Past, Present and Future."  Presentations by Daniel Mayer and Ole-Kristian Setnes were entitled respectively, "Group Relations Teaching Leadership Online: Acquiring a Historical Sense" and "The Impact of Group Relations Experiential Learning on Real Life Practices: A Relational Qualitative Analysis of Leadership Learning." 

Nonprofit Faculty and Students attend ARNOVA Conference
The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research team traveled to Alexandria, Virginia this November to participate in the 39th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). 

At ARNOVA, doctoral students Taylor Peyton Roberts, Holly Hoffman and center director Laura Deitrick, PhD, presented a paper entitled, "Exploring Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations."  Lindsey McDougle, Heather Carpenter, and Taylor Peyton Roberts participated in a panel with students from other universities, highlighting ARNOVA's current adoption of social media, "Social Media for Social Good."  Lindsey McDougle also presented a paper entitled, "Voluntary Sector-Rich' and 'Voluntary Sector-Poor': Exploring Community Variations in Public Attitudes Toward Nonprofit Organizations." 
Pat Libby, MA, Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research, chaired the session, "Making Change: Texts & Strategies for Teaching Advocacy" and the session, "Capacity Building at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action."

Mary McDonald, PhD, also attended ARNOVA, participating in the discussion, "Nonprofit and NGO Management Education in the US and Abroad."  She chaired the session, "Nonprofits as Learning Organizations" and presented her paper, "Curricular Variations in Graduate Degree Programs: A Social Network Approach" during the session, "Delving Deeper into Nonprofit Education Curricula: Mapping Diversity, Experiential Education, and Nonprofit Management against Nonprofit Academic Centers Council Curriculum Guidelines."
Undergraduate Students Explore the Concept of Social Change

Leadership Seminar serves as the capstone course to the undergraduate leadership minor at USD.  This fall semester, students in Leadership Seminar spent time collaborating to understand the concept of social change.  The course, LEAD 351 was led by Dan Tillapaugh, a doctoral student, instructor in the Leadership Minor and Graduate Assistant in the Department of Leadership Studies.

Taught using student-directed learning approaches, the eleven undergraduates examined four organizations attempting to engage in matters of social change.  Two organizations were nonprofit entities, Playing for Change and Invisible Children, while the other two, Nika Water and Toms Shoes, were for-profit businesses.  As a group, the students conducted interviews with leaders of these organizations and did document review to discover how these organizations came to understand social change.

The culminating work of the students was a campus-wide presentation entitled "Motivating the Change," held on Thursday, November 18 in the Hahn University Center.  The students presented their model of social change in tandem with additional research conducted on the topic.  Those attending the final presentation noted that they, "learned a lot about the organizations" and thought "the speakers were very passionate about their topics." 

International Leadership Association (ILA) Conference from a Student Perspective

ILA logoThe 2010 ILA conference was held in Boston, Massachusetts and it attracted a number of professors and students from USD.  Some presented and others attended to learn more about the professional organization and the research conducted in the field of leadership studies. 

Rich Bakken, a doctoral student in the Department of Leadership Studies, shared his thoughts about the conference,  "I had a great time at ILA 2010!  I wasn't exactly sure of what to expect, with it being my first time attending.  But I went in with an open mind and willingness to experience as much as I could.  What I found was a very full and enriching environment, conducive to learning and collaboration.  Each session offered a unique perspective on a topic in leadership, with plenty of discussion time and opportunity for feedback.  I especially enjoyed meeting an author of one of my current course texts, and being able to ask him about the content he had included and what might be in store for future editions.  I look forward to being able to contribute to the conference in the future, either in a session or with a poster."  

Student and faculty presentations included George Reed's paper entitled, "Leadership, Ethics, and Administrative Evil."  Reed also chaired a panel titled "Where Does Leadership Reside?"  Cheryl Getz, EdD, presented "Global Leadership Development: A Professional Institute Inquiry Model."  Taylor Peyton Roberts collaborated with fellow doctoral student Lindsey McDougle to present a poster entitled, "Exploring Curricular Variations in Leadership Doctoral Education."

The 2011 ILA conference is scheduled for October 26-29 in London, England.  Find more information about ILA and the conference at

Current Student Updates and News

Heather Carpenter and Lindsey McDougle, were both selected as recipients for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 2010 Emerging Scholar Award.  In a highly competitive field, the two doctoral students were the only two from the same university and the same program to win.  Heather Carpenter also co-authored an article with Paula Krist, PhD, SOLES Director of Assessment Support,  "Practice Makes Perfect: A Study of the Impact and Use of Nonprofit Masters Students' Applied Projects on Nonprofit Organizations in the San Diego Region", which was accepted into the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership

Cynthia Davalos, doctoral student in Leadership Studies with a specialization in Higher Education, presented at the NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) Western Regional Conference in Portland, Oregon on November, 7.  She presented with her UC San Diego colleagues, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Penny Rue and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life, Gary Ratcliff on the "Anatomy and Aftermath of a Racial Incident on Campus."  Davalos will present the topic again at the NASPA National Conference in Philadelphia in March, 2011.

Paige Haber and Heather Carpenter contributed chapters to a recently released nonprofit resource guide, Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations: A Reference Handbook, edited by Kathryn Agard.  Haber's chapter is entitled "Progressive Leadership: Models and Perspectives for Effective Leadership."  Carpenter's chapter is called, "Leading New Technology Innovation." 


Doctoral students, Kacy Hayes and Karen Robinson with Associate Professor Fred Galloway co-authored an article accepted for spring publication in the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management.  The article is titled, "CEO Satisfaction in Higher Education: An Empirical Study of Two- and Four-year Institutions." 

Lindsey McDougle completed her PhD in Leadership Studies specializing in Nonprofit/Philanthropic Leadership and Management and has accepted a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the University of Pennsylvania in the School of Social Policy and Practice.


Doctoral student Dan Tillapaugh attended the Leadership Educators Institute, a three-day professional development conference for new and mid-level leadership educators in higher education, sponsored by NASPA, College Student Educators International (ACPA), and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs in Tampa, Florida.  He was a featured panelist for a discussion on "The Future of Leadership Education" with Susan Komives, EdD of University of Maryland and Ramona Curtis of Baylor University.  He also coordinated and co-presented a pre-conference workshop entitled, "Navigating LEI: Leadership 101."

Hamse Warfa received San Diego's ABC affiliate, 10News Leadership Award.  The honor is granted to members of the San Diego area whose dedication to the betterment of others has made a direct and lasting impact on the community.

Alumni Updates

Audrey Barrett '08 (PhD), L.C.S.W. contributed two chapters to a recently released nonprofit resource guide, Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations: A Reference Handbook, edited by Kathryn Agard.  Audrey's chapters are entitled, "Culture, Climate, and Social Context in Nonprofit Organizations" and "Issues in Nonprofit Ethics." 


Maureen Guarcello '10 (MA) graduated from the Nonprofit Leadership and Management Master's program in spring 2010 and continued her educational pursuit at USD as a doctoral student in Leadership Studies with a specialization in Higher Education.  Maureen's research interests include higher education policy, economics, and the intersections between California public universities and community colleges.   


Alan E. Nelson '94 (EdD) has been accepted as a lecturer of management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  Alan is the founder of KidLead Inc., a non-profit organization that has developed the first executive-caliber training curriculum for 10-18 year olds that is being used in organizations around North America. 


Caity Riddle '10 (MA) an alumna of the Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program, delivered a conference paper and presentation in October at the Meeting of Minds Conference of the Mental Health America.  The paper was entitled, "Impact of Vicarious Trauma on Human Service Organizations."  


Laura Shepherd '10 (MA) recently accepted a position as an Academic Skills Coach at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona.  Laura's position includes teaching test-taking and study skill workshops to first-year, first-generation, low-income community college students.

Faculty Updates
Professor Paula Cordeiro was a panelist in a session titled, "Establishing an International Scholar Community for Comparative Research in Educational Leadership and Management" at the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), October 28-31, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Associate Professor Fred Galloway was invited, with five other experts in higher education research, to critically examine and review a new analytical modeling strategy that one of the Lumina Foundation's main grantees has been developing.  He is also quoted in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, "Gates's Millions: Can Big Bucks Turn Students into Graduates?" Additionally, Fred is a member of the Strategic Directions planning process for USD's Next Five Years.
Zachary Green closed the conference for Public Service Management of the Welsh Government Assembly, by delivering a talk entitled "Consciousness and Leadership on the Leading Edge."  Green also directed a conference called, "Consciousness, Authority, Leadership, and Life" at Columbia's Teachers College in November. 

Scott Himelstein, Director, Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL), and Professor Frank Kemerer are the recipients of an 18-month contract of $99,500 from the Cajon Valley Union School District to perform a CATS Program Evaluation to improve student achievement and character development.

Professor Lea Hubbard published a co-authored chapter with M.K. Stein and J. Toure titled, "Travel of District-Wide Approaches to Instructional Improvement: How Districts Learn From One Another" in Second International Handbook of Educational Change.  Hubbard also presented a paper with doctoral student, Tammy Moriarty, "Successful Professional Development for Veteran Principals: A Matter of Structure, Culture And Agency" at the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), October 28-31, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Professor Frank Kemerer conducted research with the Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL), which recently appeared in Education Week, addressing the use and incorporation of cellular phones, media players, and tablet computing devices into school life.   
Visiting Professor Rose Linda Martinez and Rich Thome, co-directors of the Education Development Research Academy (ELDA), will be involved in establishing context-specific leadership and change management skills of selected principals in Linked Learning high schools over the next two years.
Assistant Professor Athena Perrakis was a featured mentor at a recent Minute Mentoring event.  The organization, founded by Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary, is dedicated to mentoring women ages 25-35 at the start of their professional careers.  Perrakis was also interviewed by Antonieta Cadiz, a Washington, DC reporter for La Opinion newspaper, regarding the state of Hispanic-serving colleges in the United States.  She was asked to provide a statement on President Obama's community college industry initiative, "Skills for America's Future."  The reporter contacted Dr. Perrakis after reading her article in the October 2010 issue of Community College Journal of Research and Practice, entitled "Latino/a Student Success in Community Colleges and Hispanic-Serving Institution Status."

Associate Professor George Reed was elected as an at-large member of the University Senate Executive Committee.  Reed also worked with colleagues at Methodist University to conduct a week-long leadership academy for police executives in Fayetteville, North Carolina over the summer.  Reed addressed the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, presented to the leadership of the 16th Military Police Brigade at Fort Bragg, and continued on with presentations at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Executives in St. Louis, Missouri; U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center and Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; the Western Region of the U.S. Army Veterinary Command in San Diego; and in July, Dr. Reed conducted a leader development workshop on the subject of organizational culture and change for three school districts in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Reed published an article titled "Toxic Leadership: Part Deux" in Military Review (November-December 2010): pp. 58-64.  Additionally, Reed co-authored two chapters in recent publications: Chapter 33 "Policy Making" in Political and Civic Leadership, pp. 287-296 (2010) and "Apples, Barrels, and Abu Ghraib" in The Routledge Handbook of War and Society (2010).  Dr. Reed's article titled, "On Leadership" discussing the revival of General Motors, was published in the business section of the Washington Post.
The ELDA Principle

The Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA) is featured in the fall edition of USD Magazine, highlighting the program's 10-year benchmark.  The article states that ELDA chose the occasion as, "a perfect time to shift gears and focus more on the changing blueprint of 21st century leadership." 


Directors Rose Linda Martinez and Rich Thome have taken up the challenge and are working toward taking ELDA into the future.  Visit ELDA's website for more news and access the USD Magazine article.

Leadership Studies Professor to Appear in Mad Men Season Four
Professor Reed
Associate Professor, George Reed, PhD, will appear in the DVD Extras attached to the Season Four DVD collection of the Emmy award winning television series Mad Men.  Reed was one of the experts who provided insights to leadership principles as portrayed by characters in the popular series.  The Season Four DVD collection will be released in February 2011.  The show is set in 1960's New York and follows the lives of employees who work in a Madison Avenue advertising agency.

Alumna Receives Awards for White Rose Resistance Group Research

Stephani Richards-Wilson '03 (PhD), is approaching all but dissertation (ABD) status on her second doctorate, a PhD in German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The University is highly ranked and the oldest and the largest German program in the United States.  Her dissertation will focus on Willi Graf of the student resistance group called the White Rose.  This group included students who were executed by the Nazis for distributing fliers calling for passive resistance to the regime.  Richards-Wilson was recently awarded three stipends to support her research.  Each award included a competitive process:

- A grant from Marquette University's International Education Office for an International Faculty Research Contest poster entry

- A scholarship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's German Department

- A fellowship from the University of Bonn, Germany, the University Willi Graf attended in the late 1930's

 Stephani Richards-Wilson

The awards will support Stephani's dissertation research which began in Germany this past summer.

American Humanics and Leadership Minor Alumni News

American Humanics underwent a name and brand change this year and is now known as the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.  In fundraising news, Target awarded $2,000 to the American Humanics Student Association's Easter Joys and Toys project.  The funds will be used in the spring to help fund gift baskets that will fulfill needs for children living in foster care. 

Erin Elexis '00 (BA) is a child psychologist for the Center of Autism Research, Evaluation, and Service in San Diego, California.

Kasey Kroeger '98 (BA) founded the Plus One Foundation in Seattle, Washington.  The Foundation will serve individuals with a neurological injury, disorder, or disease.  For more information go to
Carleigh McDonald '09 (BA) is working for the Salzburg Global Institute in Washington D.C.
Lisa Saldin Quartarro '04 (BA) married her husband, Jason, in July 2008.  They purchased a home in Moorpark, California and Lisa is teaching first grade.

Alexandra Smith '07 (BA) is employed by Citrix Online in Santa Barbara, California.

American Humanics students and alumni, if you have news you would like to share, please email with your updates.

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