University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences


Leadership Events News and Scholarship

Winter 2011 

Research in New Zealand
Pardee Scholars Attend Management Institute
ISME Conference
Student Updates
Alumni Updates
Faculty Updates
Nonprofit Student Association News

Spotlight on Education Speaker Series: Mike Schmoker 

March 29, 2011

·Spotlight on Education Speaker Series: Yong Zhao 
May 12, 2011

8th Annual Action Research Conference

May 13-14, 2011 


Nonprofit Human Resources Symposium

June 3, 2011


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 


April 29
SOLES Graduate Student Orientation 

May 10
Last day of classes 


May 10 

Dissertations and theses due to Graduate Records for January graduates


May 18
Deadline to petition for January 2012 graduation

May 21-22



















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Faculty and Students Conduct Research in New Zealand

Lea Hubbard is on sabbatical this semester and her research has taken her to Auckland, New Zealand to examine two elementary schools and how different organizational and

New Zealand

Auckland's skyline
Photo by Nathanial Dunigan

accountability contexts influence educational data use.  

Lea was recently joined by several PhD students, Tammy Moriarty, Ron Lancia, Lamont Jackson and Nathaniel Dunigan, who are earning Independent Study credit by participating in research alongside Lea.


During their week-long stay, the students will conduct classroom observations, interact with Auckland graduate students, and attend a seminar conducted by University of Auckland's education faculty and associates.  Lea's research extends our understanding of the relationship between the macro level of education (e.g., the structure of the educational system) and the micro level of education (e.g., data use practices) while also providing graduate students with a meaningful research experience in an international setting. 

A World of Difference

Kiva logoThe Department connected with three continents and hundreds of people by completing three Kiva loans this winter.  The effort was fostered by the participation of the Department of Leadership Studies community and a generous contribution on behalf of the department.  Our new partners reside in Africa, Asia and South America, and work in food, construction and services. 


Kiva prides itself on a 98% partner loan repayment rate and our loan is no exception.  Repayment of the Department of Leadership Studies loan amounts to $30.23 of our original $100, with payments scheduled through February 2012.  The repayment becomes available to loan again, gift to another Kiva community member, or donate to the organization.  If you are interested in stewarding a new $25 Kiva loan on behalf of the Department of Leadership Studies, please contact Maureen Guarcello for more information.  


Our current partners:

Innocent is 31 years old and will use the Kiva loan to purchase more cement and foodstuffs to sell. With the new profits from his expanded business, he plans to build a house.  Erhbayar Byambatsoo is a 32 year old Mongolian bicycle repair entrepreneur. Erhbayar lives with his wife and daughter in a rented apartment in the Songinohairhan section of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and plans to use the loan to expand his bicycle business.  The San Cayetano Group is a committee formed by Modesta Martínez and Francisca Olmedo. They invited their friends and acquaintances from their neighborhood and formed a group to get ahead and improve their lifestyles.  Each works independently in their own businesses and will use the loan to purchase supplies.  

Pardee Scholars Attend Management Institute in Florida
Pardee Scholars at Management Institute

Cati McDaniel, Mandy Fobar, Heather Jenkins, Nina Baumgardner, Andrea Gandelman, (not pictured Marisa Miller)

Six Katherine and George Pardee Jr. Scholars attended the American Humanics Management Institute at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort January 2-6, 2011.  Nina Baumgardner, Andrea Gandelman, Mandy Fobar, Heather Jenkins, Marisa Miller, and Cati McDaniel participated in the four day professional conference entitled  "Certified to Change the World."  Eight-hundred students from universities across the United States participated in workshops, plenary sessions, and networking.  Students also took a day to work through case studies presented by local Orlando nonprofit organizations.

International Society for Military Ethics (ISME) Conference
The School of Leadership and Education Sciences hosted the International Society for Military Ethics annual conference January 26-28, 2011.
International Society for Military Ethics Conference

NROTC Executive Officer Dan Garcia and Mary Cummings

The conference attracted scholars and military practitioners from around the globe.  Technology and warfare was the theme and keynote speaker, Mary "Missy" Cummings, PhD, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discussed the ethical ramifications of advanced technologies increasingly being used in modern warfare.  Attendees, who included some of the most prestigious scholars in the field of military ethics, wrestled with issues such as the ethical ramifications of remotely piloted aircraft and autonomous robots.
Conference host and USD faculty member, George Reed, is now a senior contributor for, a non-partisan forum for news, commentary, analysis, and debate from America's defense and national security community.'s content covers a wide array of topics under the defense policy umbrella and an even wider array of topics from a national security perspective. 
Current Student Updates and News

Heather Carpenter, doctoral candidate in Leadership Studies appears in the Winter 2011 Journal of Public Affairs Education.  Heather's article is entitled "How We Could Measure Community Impact of Nonprofit Graduate Students' Service-Learning Projects: Lessons from the Literature."  


Paige Haber, doctoral candidate in Leadership Studies had two chapters published in partnership with leadership studies and student affairs faculty and practitioners.  Paige's work can be found in the The SAGE Handbook of Leadership and the Handbook of Student Leadership Development.  
Paige also presented a session with USD Provost, Julie Sullivan, PhD, Professor of Marine Sciences, Ron Kaufmann, PhD, and Arizona State University Director of Social Embeddedness, Jacqueline Smith, at the Ashoka U exchange at Duke University.  The title of the session was Developing a University as a Hub of Changemaking

Alumni Updates

Stephanie Campos '10 (MA), is the new Community Development Executive for Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma.   


David Mark Silver '10 (PhD), received the 2010-11 Recognition of Merit from Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), for his dissertation work, "Understanding Charter School Governance: A Case Study of a Conversion Charter School Board of Directors." 

Faculty Updates
Professor Lea Hubbard sat on the committee for Arizona State University Rucheeta Kulkarni's award-winning dissertation, "Motivated to Overcome: An Ethnographic Study of a College Preparatory Charter School for Low-Income Youth."  The Council on Anthropology and Education selected Rucheeta as their Outstanding Dissertation Award recipient.
SOLES affiliated faculty member, Ron Kirkemo, sponsored a luncheon that examined U.S.-China relations featuring Randall G. Shriver, one of the founding partners of Armitage International.  The event was part of the Public Service Leadership Initiative sponsored by the Department of Leadership Studies, and was held at the University Club on December 14, 2010.  Students, prominent community members and scholars were in attendance.

Rose Martinez, ELDA Director, has been invited to submit a chapter for exemplary education programs in the Wallace Foundation newsletter.
Associate Professor and Director of the Leadership Institute, Terri Monroe, recently returned from two conferences held in New Orleans and New York.  The National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy (NOCERCC) met in New Orleans where Terri gave the morning plenary address on the topic of "Leadership in a Time of Change."  Monroe then facilitated the training track at the NYU group relations conference titled, "Leadership and Team Development in a World of Difference."  In early January, Terri co-directed the Leadership Institute's biannual conference with Grubb Institute Executive Director and Leadership Institute Affiliate Faculty member, Bruce Irvine.  The Leadership for Change conference attracted students and professionals locally and throughout the nation.  The theme was "Engaging Emergence: Calling Forth What Could Be."  The USD summer Leadership for Change conference is scheduled for July 15-17.  
Associate Professor George Reed served as the inaugural lecturer of a newly established leadership and ethics series at the Pentagon.  On December 7, he addressed several hundred attendees from the Department of Defense in the Pentagon Auditorium at the invitation of the Pentagon Chaplain.  Reed spoke on the topic of Toxic Leadership and the relationship between leadership style and organizational effectiveness.  In January, Reed traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina as an invited speaker to the Raleigh Police Department Leadership Academy.  Reed was also the inaugural speaker for a new leader development initiative for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, launched by the Department of Leadership Studies.  The program serves 35 supervisory special agents across the San Diego region. 
Nonprofit Leadership Student Association director, Teresa VanHorn, and USD alumna and employee, Elaine Elliott '99 (MA), co-authored "International Pedagogy: Nonprofits in Civil Society - A Guatemalan Case Study."  The article was published in the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.

Linked Learning Summer Institute Planned for August

The Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA) will host a Linked Learning Summer Institute from August 1-5, 2011.  Principals and other educational leaders throughout California will attend this Institute which will allow principals to gather, learn more about their individual leadership styles, discuss issues of relevance, and establish and strengthen a supportive community within the Linked Learning cohort.  Principals will also learn and discuss the legal and policy implications of the implementation of Linked Learning in their respective schools and discuss successful strategies as well as challenges in their work.  Participants will gain additional experience through a Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach, the pedagogical strategy on which Linked Learning is based.  The Institute is funded through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation to provide training for high school principals in districts throughout the state.   

Nonprofit Leadership Student Association and Leadership Minor News

15th Annual Easter Joys and Toys Project
The Nonprofit Leadership Student Association (formerly American Humanics) will be collecting donations for their 15th annual Easter project.  This year's recipients will be the children of the Rose House Kinship of San Diego.  These children are currently living in kinship homes with extended family members as an alternative to the foster care system.  Many of the families live below the poverty line and are unable to provide items that other children experience during the Easter season.  Gift baskets will contain school supplies, candy, and will also provide for the individual wishes and needs of the children.  If you would like to help the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association bring a smile to a child's face, please make your check payable to: USD American Humanics and mail your donation to USD, SOLES-American Humanics, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110. 


Meet Marisa Miller, an undergraduate student participant in the Nonprofit Leadership

Marisa Miller

Marisa Miller

Student Association.  Marisa reflected upon her experiences in the formerly titled American Humanics Certificate Program in an essay titled "Discerning to Serve."  As a double major in English and Theology and Religious Studies, Marisa recognizes the value of programs outside of her fields of study.  She says, "the American Humanics program has opened my eyes to the importance of service, even within a service related field."     




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

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