University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences


Leadership Events News and Scholarship
Winter 2013

Records Set at ILA
MTLC mTalk
ARNOVA Conferencing
Undergrad Leadership
Alumna Gives Thanks
Student Updates
Alumni Updates
Faculty Updates
Leadership Minor News
· Nonprofit Governance Symposium
January 11-12, 2013
· Leadership for Change
For students/alumni
January 18-20, 2013
· The Power of Dialogue
Registration is open!

January 24-26, 2013

*Peace Leadership
March 15-17, 2013
· 10th Annual Action Research Conference

May 3-4, 2013

January 21
Martin Luther King Day
January 23

Intersession ends 

January 28
Spring session classes begin    
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Happy New Year! Intersession is already upon us as we have courses already ongoing in Chile and Sacramento, about to begin in Guatemala, as well as several that will be taking place here on campus in January. We know many of you will not re-join us in courses until the Spring semester begins, but we hope you will all take the time to review this issue which recaps only a snippet of the great work our students, faculty and alums have engaged over the past semester.  

Wishing you all a healthy, happy and productive new year!
Leadership Studies Conference Participation Spans the Globe!  

Nearly 50 undergraduate/graduate students, faculty, and alumni attended the 2012 International Leadership Association (ILA) conference in Denver, Colorado, presenting what is to date the largest USD Leadership Studies contingency at a single conference. USD presentations ranged from panels, papers, posters, and roundtables, to our undergraduate Leadership Studies minor students who emerged as the champions of the case study competition. 


Many of the graduate student attendees were enrolled in a first-ever Leadership Studies special topics course, Professional Development and Conferences, lead by Cheryl Getz and teaching assistant Kedir Tessema. The class prepared students for the 2012 conference and created opportunities to meet with leadership and organization scholars, including ILA Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Jean Lipman-Blumen (pictured below) and Edgar Schein.  

In addition to a strong ILA presence, our faculty and student scholars participated and presented nationally and worldwide. The following are some of the professional associations where USD appeared in 2012. 

  • International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) - Siena, Italy 
  • Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Ed (NASPA West) - Waikoloa, HI
  • Assn. for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) - Las Vegas, NV
  • Assn. for Research on NP Orgs. & Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) - Indianapolis, IN Lipman-Blumen
MTLC mTalk

The Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC) is SOLES' newest center with a focus upon K-12 education and innovation. Doctoral graduate assistants Kai Thomas, Andria Shook, and Maria Kelly can be found in the Center, which is located on the second floor of Mother Rosalie Hill Hall. MTLC Director of Research, Roxanne Ruzic also serves as a Research Director for the Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL).  


As part of the mTalk series, the MTLC and USD welcomed Professor Tadashi Asada of Waseda University, Japan, who traveled with a team of his students to share how digital textbooks, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and e-learning are utilized in Japanese schools.

Professor Tadashi Asada, Noriyuki Inoue (USD), and students from Waseda University

USD's new Mobile Technology Learning Center's mTalks are held quarterly and are designed to showcase new and innovative uses of mobile technology in education. Events highlight innovative strategies and/or products, and share these ideas with the University and the San Diego educational community. 

Nonprofit Faculty and Students attend ARNOVA Conference
The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research team members presented their latest work at the 41st Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), held in Indianapolis this year.


At ARNOVA, Caster Center Director Laura Deitrick and doctoral student Taylor Peyton Roberts presented a paper entitled Nonprofit Leadership in Times of Crisis: Exploring the Connection Between Decision-Making and Adaptive Capacity. Also at ARNOVA, doctoral students Holly Hoffman and Taylor Peyton Roberts presented a study employing multinomial logistic regression to analyze characteristics of nonprofits predicting common organizational hiring practices, specifically for filling executive director positions.

Undergraduate Leadership Minor Students Competing and Creating
Undergraduate Case CompetitionAs the Leadership Studies undergraduate minor grows, students are becoming increasingly visible in the department and in the community. In their first ILA undergraduate student case competition, the USD Leadership minor students took top prize! View the Inside USD article for the exciting details! 
Leonice Brown-Young '14, Taylor Harrell '13, Coach Crystal Dujowich, Brian Wisdom '14, and Aaron Rivera Dominguez Bours '15
Community Creations and Caring - On Saturday November 17,  the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association (NLSA) volunteered for the nonprofit Molly Bears making weighted Teddy Bears for parents who have lost a child. The bears are intended to "bring an angel baby's cuddle to a family in need". The project was brought to the group by undergraduate student Carolyn Noack, a USD senior who is interning with the nonprofit. The group made and shipped ten bears to parents in need.  


The following thank you note was received just a couple of days after the bears were made. "I'd like to say a special thank you to the ladies who made my twin bears that are pictured with the ladies in the grey (pictured below). My husband and I received our angels today and we held those bears and cried. You guys do amazing things! I can't thank you and the Molly Bears team enough!" - Laura Marie Avalos (mother of twins)



Top left to right: Bianca Avila, Jessica Rameriz, Taylor Harrell, Carolyn Day, 

Jenna VanHorn, Alex Carone

Bottom left to right: Adriana Kaplan, Jessica Cortez, Natalie Breen and the NLSA

Words of Gratitude from a Recent Alumna 


I miss the Leadership Studies Department so much that I wanted to submit a short article for the next newsletter about how thankful I am for my experience... 


I completed my graduate work in the Department of Leadership Studies in May of 2010. I decided not to specialize in non-profit or higher education as I felt that the leadership journey I was meant to embark upon would define itself. The three years I spent with my professors and colleagues were life-changing in the sense that my learning and experiences are, and always will be, a part of me.


Thank you for offering thought-provoking and relevant courses. I'm appreciative of professors who challenged me and helped me recognize the power of old habits in silencing my voice in groups. Thank you for partnering with the Center for Creative Leadership and the Center for Leadership Studies to offer amazing interactive courses. I am grateful for small cohorts and intimate class discussions. I don't remember the names of classmates but I will always remember the conversations and connections we shared. Thank you for allowing me the freedom to choose my own path and specialize in organizational leadership.


After graduation, I relocated to my home state of Florida and am again working in social services. The difference in working in this field post-graduate work is that I now serve with purpose on a daily basis. I am intentional when restructuring my organization, coping with loss in funds, educating legislators, managing others and dealing with crises. My studies and experiences contributed to a new level of confidence. I have the ability to offer creative ideas, be a change agent within my organization, view issues from a systemic perspective and embrace uncertainty. I am extremely thankful to the Leadership Studies department, professors and students at USD for enhancing my leadership capacity and ability to positively impact my community. - Jaime David '10 (MA)

Current Student Updates and News

Caster Center director, Laura Deitrick '10, ad doctoral students Jenny Jones, and Taylor Peyton Roberts traveled to Siena, Italy, to attend the 10th annual meeting of the International Society for Third-Sector Research. Laura and Taylor presented their paper, co-authored with nonprofit master's program graduate Scott Campbell '11, examining International NGOs' leadership and decision-making during the devastating aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. 

Crystal Dujowich, Tara Edberg, and faculty member Teresa VanHorn participated in the ThinkImpact Huddle 2012. The Huddle was designed by ThinkImpact to bring experiential education to life for faculty, administrators, and students nationwide. ThinkImpact is accepting applications for summer 2013 Advisor positions through early January.

Jenny Jones presented throughout the summer and fall, including, Leadership in Social Media: Infinite Possibilities, Infinite Risk, a paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations in June.  

Doctoral student
Jessica Luchesi was interviewed and cited by Inside Higher Ed regarding the positive impact USD's study abroad program has upon students and graduation rates.

First year doctoral student Christina Mitchell arrived with published research in the Peace Studies Journal. Her article Out of Sight, Out of Mind:A Conversation with Grassroots Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, appears in the May 2012 issue. 

University of San Diego faculty member Drea Zigarmi and doctoral student Taylor Peyton Roberts recently published their paper, "Leader Values as Predictors of Employee Affect and Work Passion Intentions", in the Journal of Modern Economy and Management.


Doctoral students Marianne Waldrop, Rachel Homel Rice and Maureen Guarcello presented their respective research in the areas of women and leadership at the International Leadership Association (ILA) conference in October. Other current student presenters at ILA included Roxanne Kymaani, Crystal Dujowich, Alan Yu, Jennifer Jones, Rubina Bhatti, Elaine Lewis, Annikki Leskinen, Andrea McMullen, Richard Bakken, James Dobbs, Kathryn Bingham and Kelly Scanlan. Details about their presentations and those of alumnae presenters, Paige Haber '11 (PhD), Whitney McIntyre Miller '10 (PhD), Cynthia Martinez '12 (PhD), and Julia Buchanan '10 (PhD), can be found in the ILA conference program

Alumni Updates - Graduate Programs  

Robert Gailey '10 (PhD) was recently awarded the Emerging Leader Alumni Award from Eastern Nazarene College. Robert has also been granted a sabbatical from Point Loma Nazarene University for the springGailey Award 2013 semester. He will be working for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, researching data options for their child development and child sponsorship programs around the world. Robert will be traveling with family and will be visiting work in South Africa, Swaziland, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. 

Jacqueline Che (MA) is the Administrator of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' state scholarship program, and teaches Advanced Placement (AP) US History as an adjunct at her alma mater, Mount Carmel School, the island's only Catholic school.


Danielle Barbeau, '12 (MA) and Amanda Katona, '12 (MA) participated in panel discussion titled "The TEDXFACTOR:  Utilizing the TEDX Network to Promote Organizational Innovation and Leadership" at the International Leadership Association (ILA) conference in October.

Heather Carpenter, '11 (PhD), Laura Deitrick, '10 (PhD), Teresa VanHorn, and others published the article, "Impact of American Humanics, an Undergraduate Competency-Based Nonprofit Program, on Alumni Career Paths" in the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.

Michelle Fischthal, '10 (MA) has accepted the Continuing Education position of Dean of Business and Information Technology at San Diego Community College District. Michelle began her new position in October 2012. 

Mario Garibay, '08, (MA) began his new role as the Student Conduct Officer at University of California, Irvine in September 2012.

Kaila Mangrum '12 (MA) is now the Director of Basketball Operations at University of San Diego.

Allison McClintick, (MA) is pleased to share that she has been offered a leadership column in Lansing Business Monthly, mid-Michigan's largest publication, and a leadership focused radio program on the Michigan Business Network. Congratulations Allison!   

Jaclyn Miller '12 (MA) is now the Coordinator in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Villanova University.


Recent ELDA Cohort XI alumna, Sarah Raskin, was named principal at Epiphany Prep School

Kim Thomas, '10 (MA) was recently promoted to Project Director at the American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3. Kim presented "Measuring Developmental Gains in Children with Mild to Moderate Developmental Concerns" on November 29 at the Zero to Three National Training Institute.

Arturo Vazquez  '12 (MA) is the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Political Science Dept at University of California, San Diego and  is pursuing an Ed.D. in Community College/Postsecondary Education at San Diego State University.

Irma Venegas, '10 (MA) is now Director of Knowledge is Power Programs Through College at KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy.


Wondering where other almuni work?  View our program pages for more information. 


Thank you SOLES and Department of Leadership Studies Alumni Donors.

Alumni, update your information and news here!  

Faculty and Administrator Updates

Paula A. Cordeiro, collected data in low cost faith-based schools in several cities and rural communities in the Dominican Republic, and conducted a workshop for the academic directors of the schools entitled Creación de un ambiente de aprendizaje en las escuelas (Creating a Learning Environment in Schools). Dean Cordeiro also presented a paper entitled "Low-Cost Private Schools in Ghana: School Leadership and Student Learning" at the World Congress of the International Council on Education for Teaching at Cape Coast University, Ghana.

Laura Deitrick, secured a one-year, $12,500 sub-contract agreement with Nash & Associates. Laura will be providing Nash with technical assistance and support in their delivery of evaluation services for the Transition Age Youth (TAY) Academy, a program of the County of San Diego. Each year, at five different locations, TAY offers skill-development workshops, classes and support groups, leadership and youth development activities, psycho-educational groups, and coaching to at least 200 participants, ages 14-25.

Fred Galloway, was recently featured in the Spring 2012 edition of Trust, a publication of the Pew Charitable Trust. His evaluation of the Safe Credit Cards Project that sought legislative and regulatory solutions to unfair practices received laudatory remarks on the quality of the analysis and level of professional engagement.


Cheryl GetzGeorge Reed, and Zachary Green, contributed to the 2012 Community College Leadership Academy that hosted 20 faculty and administrators from Western states. This initiative provides leader development and coaching to faculty members interested in serving in administrative positions and to current administrators who seek additional professional development opportunities.


Steven Gelb, participated in the International Institute on Peace Education in Saitama, Japan, making two presentations and moderating a panel on Educating for Ecological Security. His presentations were entitled "The Earth Charter as a Source of Reflection and Action for Peace Education," and "Listening and Speaking from the Heart: The Public Conversations Project Model of Dialogue." Gelb also completed the Alternatives to Violence advanced training at Donovan state prison in November. Gelb co-led a workshop in November, entitled "Forging the Present Through Leadership Dialogue" at the Taos Institute conference Exploring Relational Practices in Peacebuilding, Mediation and Conflict Transformation held in San Diego.


Lea Hubbard, had a book review, "A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform" published in Social Forces, a leader among social research journals.  


George E. Reed, our busy Associate Dean, provided a series of lectures as part of the Community College Leadership Academy and the Linked Learning Summer Institute, both at USD. On July 13 Reed served on a panel with Dee Aker at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park to introduce a new exhibit entitled Instruments of Torture. Reed, conducted the inaugural workshop of the LEAD San Diego 2012-2013 cohort entitled Leadership and Self-Awareness. In late October he presented a paper entitled "Followership and the Ethics of Loyal Dissent" at the International Leadership Association annual conference in Denver, and chaired a panel that examined the system of professional military education's leader development processes. On November 16 he presented on "Creating a Culture of Leadership Development" to the American Society for Training and Development annual meeting. He opened the inaugural session of the Public Leadership Institute with a presentation on higher-level leadership at the University of San Diego and concluded a yearlong leader development program for supervisory special agents of the San Diego Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on November 15.


Teresa VanHorn presented three sessions during the Association for Research on Nonnprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. The first was a roundtable discussion entitled "Career Paths within/outside Academia; the Job Market; and Work/Life Balance". The second was a panel discussion "Innovative Nonprofit Pedagogy: Root Concepts Grounded in the Field". The third panel discussed "Developing New Learning Outcomes for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's Core Competencies: Experiences from the Cohen Grant Project".   


Christopher Newman, George Reed, Zachary Green, Cheryl Getz, Terri Monroe, Robert Donmoyer, Mary McDonald and Lea Hubbard, all presented at the International Leadership Association's conference in October.  More details are available in the conference program

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and Leadership Minor Student and Alumni News

Amanda Fobar '11 (BA) completed her ABSN in Nursing at Roseman University in Henderson, Nevada, and is currently considering multiple job offers.  

Congratulations to Jessica Ramirez! Jessica  is a senior in the Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate program who received the NexGen Scholarship from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. This scholarship will pay for her internship in the nonprofit sector.

Camille Rodrigues '12 (BA) has been hired by Oz House of San Diego, a YMCA residential facility for youth in crisis. She also will be working with a program that she developed called the Youth Changemakers Council at Excel Youth Zone.  


The undergraduate Nonprofit Leadership Student Association (NLSA) has been awarded a $3000 grant from the Target Corporation for the Easter Joys and Toys project next Spring.


Students from LEAD352: Nonprofit Leadership and Management had a class at Junior Achievement (JA) in October. The students visited JA's BIZTOWN, a simulated fully-interactive town facility where elementary school students operate banks, vote, and manage restaurants. While on-site, USD students had the opportunity to meet with Junior Achievement CEO Joanne Pastula, board members, and staffer Shelley Pontius. In early November, the students were fortunate to have Darlene Shiley as a guest speaker in class.  Mrs. Shiley spoke about her experiences serving on nonprofit boards, about her philanthropy, and she took questions from students on a variety of topics. The time and knowledge she shared was appreciated by all.


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