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Organization & Leadership

Organization & Leadership

Words from the Department Chair

‌Thank you for visiting our website.

As a doctoral graduate (1981) from one of the Department's programs, I feel quite privileged to welcome you to our website.  I hope that you will find in the information and resources provided here a path for pursuing your graduate and professional education goals through one of our programs: Adult Learning and Leadership, Education Leadership, Higher and Postsecondary Education, Executive Nurse preparation, and Social-Organizational Psychology. 

You might wonder why or how an instituion called Teachers College comes to have a Department of Organization & Leadership?

The short answer is: first, that organizations are constantly teaching the publics they serve; and second, like individuals, organizations are also constantly learning - about the environments they operate in, but perhaps even more so about themselves, and the people and processes that comprise them.

These two perspectives were an integral part of the faculty discusisons that 20 years ago led to the creation of the Department of Organization & Leadership.  The driving vision sought to realize broader opportunities for faculty and students with very different disciplinary orientations to collectively focus on organizations as educative and learning institutions, broadly defined, in both formal and informal settings, and across the lifespan.

Today, while the department now encompasses 30 full-time faculty and nearly 100 adjunct faculty who bring a depth of clinical and professional practice experience to our programs, our programs still reflect, in various ways and with varying emphases, that founding focus.

Our MA, EDM,EDD, PhD degree programs are unique

  • ‌We link leadership and learning. Our faculty and students lead by helping others to learn, and by keeping their own continual learning at the center of how they lead.‌
  • We keep one foot in research and the other foot in practice. Some faculty and students conduct research and then apply it to practice. Others start with a deep understanding of practice, and then carry out research to improve that practice from the inside. Still others invent new ways to link these two activities. Our dual attention to research and practice guides our students’ experiences in and out of the classroom.
  • We recognize the value of organizations with diverse members. Our faculty seek to create organizations and communities comprised of diverse individuals who will bring unique insights, questions, and interests to collective endeavor. We prepare our students to develop and support diverse organizations.
  • We understand that the organizations and communities we serve must promote the common good. Our faculty and students conceive of leadership as an ethical imperative to act in ways that support our essential humanity, regardless of whether the organizations we serve are schools or colleges, hospitals, for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, branches of the military, or government agencies.

On behalf of our faculty, students, and staff, thank you for visiting our webiste - we hope that in exploring all we have to offer you will consider your studies here at Teachers College within the Department of Organization & Leadership.


With best wishes,

William J. Baldwin

Professor of Practice in Education

Chair, Department of Organization & Leadership

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