Study of general crisis phenomena within the framework of crisis intervention theory. Analysis of individual, family, and community dynamics.
Examination and application of personnel management and human relations theory in the healthcare organization. Includes human resource utilization, problem solving, comunications theory, and evaluation performance. Special fee: $25.
Laws, administrative regulations, and pertinent case law affecting healthcare organizations. Theories of power, politics, and labor relations applied. Local, state, and federal impact on healthcare included. Special fee: $25.
Critical analysis of theory and research in organizational behavior, leadership, and management as it relates to the role of healthcare executives. Critique of the executive's role as it relates to these theories. Special fee: $25.
Enrollment limited. The course explores social processes in groups and their impact on individual behavior. In addition to a series of lectures/discussions, students are required to participate in an experiential group relations conference or to conduct a self-study project on group relations. Special fee is required.This class gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of group dynamics from a systemic perspective and to learn about their own behavior in groups. Readings, lectures, and discussions will address dynamics as they occur in varied groups, systems and contexts including the business world, educational institutions, healthcare systems, the military, religious institutions, and in community and family life. The interplay of power, authority, socio-political identities, and group dynamics is emphasized.
This course meets a departmental requirement for an introductory course on empirical research in education and organizational studies. The goal is to help students be able to access, comprehend, synthesize, and utilize research, to support and facilitate the research efforts of others, and to begin to prepare to conduct their own research. Students read exemplars of published research, along with texts about research design, data collection and analysis, and strategies for assessing the validity and trustworthiness of research. The course covers qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches to research, such as experiments, surveys, case studies, ethnography, and action research.
Prerequisite: ORLJ 4009, Understanding Behavioral Research, or an instructor-approved substitute. This course provides an overview of major evaluation models and social research methods useful in designing evaluations of social interventions, programs, policies, services/products, or institutions. A main aim of the course is to develop critical consumers of evaluation research.
ORL 5523 is designed as an evaluation research laboratory. The course emphasizes selected readings and skill-building on an array of methodological topics covering qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods techniques through hands-on experiences with a “client-based problem” and data set. Prerequisite: ORL 5522, Evaluation Methods I, or an instructor-approved substitute. It is highly desirable that students have completed one or more added courses in statistics, data analysis (in qualitative or quantitative methods), or measurement before they begin ORL 5523.
This course provides hands-on experiences in the design and validation of a variety of assessment devices, such as, tests, scales, survey-based indices, or other instruments to tap educational, psychological, health, or other social constructs. The course draws (mainly) on techniques and theory from Classical Test Theory in measurement. Prerequisite: ORL 5522, Evaluation Methods I, or an instructor-approved substitute. It is highly desirable that students have completed one or more added courses in statistics, including multiple regression before they begin ORL 5524.
Review of ethical issues in healthcare and healthcare delivery.
Managing systems requires the generation of useful information for decision-making. This course focuses on using information for strategic planning and management of systems in healthcare.
This course is an introduction to qualitative research methods—conceptualization, design and data collection procedures–with a special focus on organizational study. Students will formulate qualitative problem statements and research questions; design a qualitative study guided by an interactive model and consideration of five different approaches; learn to use observation, interviewing, focus groups, and archival data resources; and apply design and data collection skills by undertaking a pilot research study. Consideration will be given to conceptual frameworks, ethical considerations, field work, sampling, and data management. This course requires a minimum of 27 hours per week of out of classroom work.
"Prerequisite: ORL 6500 or equivalent qualitative design/data collection course. This course is designed for students who have taken coursework on qualitative research design and data collection and who have data (including pilot data) they can use for coding, analysis and synthesis with a view to writing and interpreting results. First and second cycle coding, memoing, and use of data displays are introduced along with advanced data collection strategies. Differences in data analysis are explored that vary with different design approaches (e.g. narrative, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, case study). Computer Assisted Data Analysis Software is used for coding and analysis."
This course uses the literature on decision-making theory in combination with intensive case-study analysis in groups to explore how decision-making styles and strategies affect problem-based decision-making in innovative public school settings.
This course draws on concepts and propositions from organization theory to help students construct and analyze case studies of schools and school systems and develop action plans for organizational change, reform, and renewal. Special focus on theories of bureaucracy and community; organizational structure, culture, and politics; professional learning communities; and strategic learning organizations.
This course emphasizes the skills of school budgeting and facilities management, personnel allocations, and grant writing with a view to leveraging student achievement. Students use simulations and case studies to analyze an actual school budget; make a three-year budget forecast; and reassign faculty, support staff, and instructional resources to improve performance.
This course explores the nexus between law, ethics, and school leadership. It relies on both case law and the use of ethical dilemmas in the form of case studies and hypotheticals to teach prospective leaders how to consider, for themselves, the tensions they experience when the law, professional practice, and their ethical codes of conduct are in conflict.
In this course we will explore an expanded notion of leadership that includes supporting adult development as a focal concern. Participants interested in organizational and individual leadership and growth, especially teachers, principals, superintendents, and other leaders, will study how constructive-developmental theory and pillar practices for supporting adult growth can enable leaders to support adults' transformational learning. Permission of the instructor is required.
Institutional and policy analysis of school redesign experiments in urban settings, with special emphasis on the Chicago case. Review of theoretical foundations research, political support, and implementation consequences of system-wide school reform, as well as analysis of how both experimental and system-wide change is initiated.
Small public schools, independent schools, charter schools, vouchers, home schools, religious schools, and for-profit educational ventures are examples of the explosion of options in schooling available to a growing number of American families. The purpose of this course is to understand the configuration of these choices in America and the implications of those choices for a democratic society. Students consider whether school choice can serve the best interests of families and the common good. Through on-site visits, students use the diversity of schools in New York City as a laboratory for learning. Permission of the instructor is required.
Design focus on instructional, governance, accountability systems, and organizational patterns. Reference to research on school models and on legislative and regulatory context of charter schools. Charter school leaders participate as resources. Collaborative field and electronic studies of existing charter schools.
How can leaders transform "good" schools into excellent schools? The purpose of this course is to equip dynamic individuals with skills and knowledge for aligning schools to accomplish challenging goals. Students study how mission and vision, governance, teamwork, social intelligence, and organization behavior contribute to effective leadership practice. They assess barriers to school change and explore strategies to overcome them. They analyze culture and ways to develop the habit of continuous school improvement. The course uses a variety of approaches with a focus on case studies. Permission of the instructor is required.
Students survey the major themes of marketing with specific attention to the independent school context. Topics include a broad range of marketing concepts, such as ways to develop an effective communications program and branding. As part of the course, students design and undertake a market research project. Case studies are drawn from educational institutions.
An exploration of the business aspects of managing private schools. The focus is on critical issues of management including: decision making, strategic planning, and analysis and allocation of resources. Participants analyze complex issues and problems confronting leaders in private schools such as: enrollment and tuition stabilization, pricing and affordability, funding sources, endowment management, compensation, and government compliance.
For students wishing to pursue independent study and/or research on topics not covered in regular courses. Requires faculty member's approval of a study plan, reading list, and final paper or other products or projects. Permission required from individual faculty.
In this course students explore the process of starting an educational or social venture. Readings, discussions, guest speakers and class activities guide students to understand the entrepreneurial mindset, acquire knowledge related to business start-up, and develop potential business ideas. As a final project, student teams create and present business plans to a panel of hypothetical investors.
This course is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of exercising leadership in the public sector. Research literature and essential writings of great thinkers complement a practice-based, real-life orientation to the challenges and opportunities associated with leading communities through complex and persistent problems. Course readings will be examined in light of practical challenges education leaders face every day; conversely, we will discuss the ways in which research sheds light and offers perspective to those who lead complex organizations, such as schools and districts, in public settings. The course will consider leadership from a multi-disciplinary perspective, including readings and videos from the social sciences, literature, business, history, politics, and contemporary commentary. Class discussions, case studies, guest speakers and small group work combine to invite students to recognize and develop the personal, professional, intellectual and political attributes that women and men need to address the most pressing issues in education, government, community life and society at large.
Political analysis of administration at the service delivery and community levels.
Organizational behavior with reference to interpersonal relationships and the conflicts resulting from the needs of individuals compared to the demands of the organization. Special permission required.
School leaders must exercise practices to support adult development, especially in the context of standards-based reform. We will explore adult developmental theories and their connection to leadership; constructive-developmental theory; pillar practices for supporting adult growth (i.e., learning that helps adults develop increased cognitive and affective capacities to better manage the complexities of work and life). We consider: How can leaders better support adults' growth? What practices support adult development? What developmental principles inform these practices?
This course relies upon systems theory and its application to school systems. The course teaches prospective leaders the use of databases of various kinds to pursue a systematic inquiry in the health and productivity of the ecology of the school. It explores various approaches to data mining, model building, and ultimately the "art of improvisational leadership." The course teaches students how to distinguish the different purposes for which data can be used and misused and relies heavily on the use of cases, simulations and exercises, including those with complex feedback systems. Familiarity with spreadsheets and simple statistics is helpful.
This course draws upon the research literature in human resources management and emphasizes best practice in the recruitment, hiring, mentoring, professional development, and evaluation of teachers including the termination of incompetent teachers. The course uses problem-based units on teacher recruitment and hiring, role playing on effective mentoring, video evaluations of teacher practices, and strategies for removing incompetent teachers.
The purpose of this course is to help prepare independent school educators for their roles as instructional leaders and to encourage reflection about the craft of teaching. It will provide an overview of contemporary theories and research about how people learn and how this knowledge can inform leadership in curriculum design, teaching strategies, student assessment practices, and the design of professional development.
Students are provided with an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of how to approach, and lead change inclusively and systematically in independent schools. The course aims to enable students to perceive, understand, and interpret organizational dynamics that have an impact on the success of educational change. Reading and discussions will address organizational dynamics as they occur in varied systems and contexts. .
In this course, students document their academic and professional growth and development through the creation of a research portfolio focused on urban education leadership that serves as the basis for ongoing feedback, guidance, and support for their dissertation research.
The Practicum in School Leadership combines an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills while contributing to the ongoing work of a school. Students work with experienced school leaders on a specific project relevant to the school’s priorities.
Techniques and methods of designing and conducting action research on organizational problems. Various methodological and organizational issues are addressed regarding the use of action research to foster organizational learning and problem solving through systematic inquiry and reflection. Students conduct an action research project.
School community relationships, needs assessment, program planning, and evaluation of student progress. Special emphasis on the principalship.
The purpose of this class is to equip educators with the skills needed for effective independent school practice. Classes are organized to develop skills in the following broad areas: staffing and management, coaching and feedback, strategic planning and organization structure, external relations, and transitioning into a new work environment. To develop proficiency in these important leadership skills, students have opportunities to learn about and then practice skills in the classroom context with feedback from peers and experienced practitioners.
Enrollment is limited to 20 and requires an application to the Klingenstein Heads of Schools Program through the Office of Admission by May 1. The purpose of the symposium is to provide renewal and reflection on issues relevant to school leaders through intensive study and collaboration with professional peers from independent and international schools. Topics include moral leadership and current education issues in public and private schools. Participants also conduct research on a topic of interest to their schools. Through on‑site visits, students use the diversity of schools in New York City and the rich cultural resources as a laboratory for learning. Permission required.
Residential program. Enrollment is imited to 75 and requires an application to the Klingenstein Summer Institute through the Office of Admission by January 15. An intensive two week program held annually in June that introduces early career teachers to the complexity and challenge of teaching in independent schools. Prominent professors, guest authors, and nationally renowned educators deepen understanding on topics related to the organizing themes: improving teaching and learning, understanding diversity and multiculturalism, and assessing and overcoming resistance to change. Permission required.
This seminar course is topical and brings in guest speakers, exemplary practitioners, researchers and policy makers from academia, public schools and school districts, charter schools and education management organizations, private and independent schools, business, and other organizations to share their experience, research, and insights about effective leadership practices. The central theme of the Pro-Seminar is the development of personal self-awareness and mastery, as well as professional effectiveness. Students will be introduced to a variety of tools, assessment instruments, and other resources that are useful for personal reflection and professional growth. The seminar is customized for students preparing for leadership at different levels and in different contexts, for example aspiring public school principals, independent school heads, or district level leaders.
This seminar is topical and brings in guest speakers, exemplary practitioners, researchers and policymakers from academia, educational and nonprofit organizations, business management and other settings to share their experiences, research and insights about effective leadership practice. The central theme of the course is the development of personal self-awareness and mastery as well as professional effectiveness. The course focuses on working with human beings in interpersonal relationships, school settings to improve performance, organizations intent on promoting change, and with oneself by offering approaches to reflection and growth. The pro-seminar is designed for students who are exercising leadership at different levels and in different contexts, including aspiring public, charter and other educational settings.
The intention of the Pro-Seminar in Leadership Development course is to provide opportunities for students to cultivate their leadership acuity through exploration of multiple dimensions of the self and culture. The first part of this two part course will include Self-Awareness Training (SAT) in partnership with Social and Emotional Competencies in Summer I. The three interwoven parts of the Seminar are: Self Awareness Training (SAT) as a practice for the exploration, acquaintance and development of one’s inner territory. Social and Emotional Competencies for the practice, exploration, and development of one’s outer awareness of human dynamics. Intercultural Competencies for effectively leveraging cultural dimensions of diversity as a leadership imperative.
The intention of the Pro-Seminar in Leadership Development course is to provide opportunities for students to cultivate their leadership acuity through exploration of multiple dimensions of the self and culture. The second part of this two part course will include Self-Awareness Training (SAT) in partnership with Intercultural Competencies in Summer II. The three interwoven parts of the Seminar are: Self Awareness Training (SAT) as a practice for the exploration, acquaintance and development of one’s inner territory. Social and Emotional Competencies for the practice, exploration, and development of one’s outer awareness of human dynamics. Intercultural Competencies for effectively leveraging cultural dimensions of diversity as a leadership imperative.
Cultural Diversity provides an introduction to designing, managing, and changing school structures and cultures to be equitable and ethical, appreciate and build on cultural diversity, and consciously work toward social justice are imperatives for school leaders. Educators across the country acknowledge these imperatives, yet often nullify them (often unintentionally) by enabling and perpetuating institutionalized schooling practices and labels that segregate, marginalize, prejudice, and withhold access to rigorous, engaged learning for many students.
Cultural Diversity II provides students with further insight on designing, managing, and changing school structures and cultures to be equitable and ethical, appreciate and build on cultural diversity, and consciously work toward social justice are imperatives for school leaders. Educators across the country acknowledge these imperatives, yet often nullify them (often unintentionally) by enabling and perpetuating institutionalized schooling practices and labels that segregate, marginalize, prejudice, and withhold access to rigorous, engaged learning for many students.
This course will focus on three “lenses” of Emotional Intelligence: EQ for you, EQ for relationships, and EQ for educational leadership -- key perspectives on building an inclusive and equitable school that supports the needs of diverse learners. Through experiential learning, deep conversation, assessments, coaching, and practice, we’ll work together to clarify and develop EQ skills. Students will explore their own EQ, and learn methods and tools to apply EQ in their role as a leader, educator, and person.
The internship in public school leadership presents an opportunity to become immersed in the field of leadership practice and to appreciate the importance of instructional leadership in the creation of a learning environment. The internship combines opportunities to study effective leadership first-hand, develop and practice instructional leadership skills, and be mentored for a career as a school principal. The internship requires approximately 450 hours (12-15 hours per week over a full year) of supervised field work in a public school. Permission required.
A 450-hour supervised field experience in school district leadership. Partially satisfies New York State requirement for School District Leaders certificate. Permission required.
This course provides students who have not yet defended a dissertation proposal the opportunity to discuss their research and their early thinking about their dissertation proposal in an intensive seminar format, with support and feedback from the instructor and other doctoral students. ORLA 6503 is run in conjunction with ORLA 7503, with students from both courses meeting together-- students in ORLA—6503 are in the pre-dissertation proposal stage and those in ORLA—7503 should have passed their dissertation proposal. This course requires at least 18 hours per week of out-of-classroom work. Students may enroll in this course as many times as needed in order to complete and pass their dissertation proposal. Permission of the instructor is required.
Through this course, students will learn to personally reflect upon and critically examine the larger social, economic, and political contexts in which schools, districts, and colleges and universities operate. This course will also investigate the ways in which issues of race, immigrant status, social class and gender shape the experiences of practicing leaders and researchers. Over the course of the semester, students will study how larger public policies (areas often considered “outside education”) –including housing policies, social welfare policies, transportation policies, and tax laws--have shaped cities, educational institutions and the lives and opportunities of students and families. This course will also examine the ways in which issues of race, immigrant status, social class and gender shape students’ experiences and outcomes within schools. Additionally, readings in this course will draw from a range of areas, including political science, public policy, housing policy, law, and sociology.
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to improve teaching and learning in PK-12 public school districts. Students will learn how decisions are made from the boardroom to the classroom in support of improving teaching and learning for all students. The foundational conceptual framework of this course is that improving instruction is the responsibility of everyone in the school district, and that leaders need to create reciprocal accountability for system employees to exercise that responsibility. In order to ensure that every child is receiving the kind of instruction they need to graduate college and career ready, all aspects of the organization must be aligned around a clear vision of social justice and excellence. The course will place a particular emphasis on designing professional learning systems that build the capacity of leaders throughout the system. Students will also learn how to analyze comprehensive sets of qualitative and quantitative data, in order to ensure that goals for adult and student learning are measured, adjusted and accomplished
This course is designed to provide a sound background in organizational theory and design and to equip students with fundamental knowledge and skills to enhance leadership practice and governance in PK-12 school districts. Individuals who choose to exercise leadership in education live and work within organizations including schools, districts, communities, states and nations. In this course, we will explore the dynamic relationship between the individual and the group, as well as the relationship between the district and the schools, examining the structural, social, political, and cultural dimensions of organizations. The course builds on the premise that in order to govern effectively in the context of urban education, leaders must work not only with school boards but also with stakeholders inside and outside the formal organization of the school district.
This course introduces the concepts, structures and practices of school finance from practical, political, legal and economic perspectives. Educators are under increasing pressure from the public and policymakers to demonstrate that resources are being used in optimal ways to increase the achievement of all students by providing equitable and adequate educational opportunities. Equity and adequacy frameworks will be introduced with a focus on the evolution of school finance litigation and court-ordered reforms that have shaped educational policies at the state and federal levels. The principles of budget planning, development, presentation and adoption will be thoroughly explored, including site-based, performance, zero-based, outcome-focused and traditional budget models. Budget discussions will analyze local, state and federal revenue sources and expenditure estimation. The areas of enrollment management, human resources management and capital management, strategies for reducing costs and overall financial management of school systems are explored.
The shifting landscape of American education and increased politicization of urban school systems hold critical implications for district-level education leaders. Expected to both understand and respond to the larger social, political, and economic forces that influence life in urban schools, education leaders confront numerous challenges as they navigate complex institutions, policy regimes, competing agendas, and special interests while advocating for the educational success of every student. In this course, we will explore the changing demands and expectations of urban school leadership in an era of inequality shaped largely by widening racial and socioeconomic segregation, privatization, gentrification, and corporate reform. By evaluating the influence of local, district, state, and federal policy decisions on student learning, academic achievement, and school performance, this course will consider whose values, interests, and agendas are being advanced in the education policy arena and to what end. It will also focus on how education leaders might adapt district-level strategies and democratic approaches to leadership through community-based advocacy, coalition building, and activism.
This course helps prepare school system leaders to use evidence, data, and research in their practice as school and district leaders as well as in preparation for doctoral dissertation-level research. In this course students learn how to access, understand, and apply peer-reviewed education research to their practice and in writing literature reviews; apply foundational quantitative, qualitative, and survey research methods to problems of practice in their organizations; and learn how to build, facilitate, and lead collaborative discussions to inform evidence-based improvement cycles around specific organizational instructional goals.
This course is designed to provide students with a sound background in the management knowledge and skills that are necessary in order to exercise effective leadership in public school districts. The course focuses on human resource management, a critical dimension of systemwide leadership. We will examine basic relationships among adults as they exist in school settings, including a look at the legal and contractual rights and responsibilities of school staff and consider options for action when such obligations are not carried out appropriately. Students will explore topics including labor relations, negotiations, collective bargaining, grievance/arbitration, due process, conflict resolution and mediation, professional coaching and complex personnel issues.
This course focuses on the applied aspects of data science in organizations and leadership using open source software, including data visualization and effective communication with organizational stakeholders, pattern and classification analysis, early warning prediction accuracy, unstructured data and text analysis, issues of algorithmic bias and fairness, and emerging topics in applied data science and visualization. Prerequisites: students should have completed at least one or more intermediate graduate level applied statistics or data analysis courses, such as HUDM 5026. HUDM 5122, or EDPA 5002, along with some experience working with the following: R, Python, SPSS, or STATA.
This course focuses on major theoretical perspectives on administrative leadership in education, how these perspectives are studied and advanced through empirical research, and how the theory and research are connected to leadership practice. Students will examine theory and empirical research on topics such as leadership effects on student learning; challenges in leading learning organizations; and the relationships among leaders' knowledge, skills, and dispositions and their leadership preparation and effectiveness.
Doctoral students with a minimum of 60 points toward the Ed.D. may enroll. Permission required.
This course provides students the opportunity to explore advanced topics in research design and analytic methods, especially as they relate to studies of educational contexts and policies.
Recent academic research and policy reports have illuminated a troubling correlation between school disciplinary issues and subsequent contact with the juvenile justice system and/or the criminal justice system. A variety of educational policies and practices influence the number of children and youth who end up in secure correctional settings. This course analyzes policies and practices in elementary, middle, and high school that impact the success of youth – especially children of color and children with behavioral challenges – in educational and disciplinary placements.
For students wishing to pursue independent study or original research as they prepare for their doctoral certification examination and/or dissertation proposal. Permission required from individual faculty.
This course provides students the opportunity to discuss topics related to the preparation of their dissertation proposal in a seminar format. Students present their ideas and writing for feedback from the instructor and other students. Students may enroll in this seminar once. Permission of the instructor is required.
This course provides students who already have successfully defended their dissertation proposal the opportunity to discuss their dissertation research—and the different phases of it-- in an intensive, interactive, case-based seminar format, with support and feedback from the instructor and other students; however, students in ORLA—6501 are working toward defending their dissertation proposals and those in ORLA—7501 are working on different aspects of their dissertation research depending on their research and dissertation needs (e.g., collecting data, analysis, inter-rater reliability, cross case conclusions, writing, etc.). ORLA 7501 is run in conjunction with ORLA 6501, with students from both courses meeting together. This course requires at least 18 hours per week of out-of-classroom work. Students may enroll in this course as needed in order to complete their dissertation. Permission of the instructor is required.
This advanced research seminar provides students who already have successfully defended their dissertation proposal the opportunity to discuss their dissertation research—and the different phases of it-- in an intensive, interactive, case-based seminar format, with support and feedback from the instructor and other students; however, students in ORLA—6503 are working toward defending their dissertation proposals and those in ORLA—7503 are working on different aspects of their dissertation research depending on their research and dissertation needs (e.g., collecting data, analysis, inter-rater reliability, cross case conclusions, writing, etc.). ORLA 7503 is run in conjunction with ORLA 6503, with students from both courses meeting together. This course requires at least 18 hours per week of out-of-classroom work. Students may enroll in this course as needed in order to complete their dissertation. Permission of the instructor is required.
Individual advisement on the doctoral dissertation. Students register for this in the first semester after their dissertation proposal has been approved and continue registering in this (or in another course, with sponsor approval) until the dissertation is completed. Requires ongoing consultation between the student and dissertation sponsor. The fee equals three points at the current tuition rate for each term. Permission required from individual faculty.
Drawing from several bodies of literature, this course explores critical bridges between education, on one hand, and the complex dynamics of the elite formation, polarization, corruption, development and social transformation, on the other hand. Students will examine the elite dynamics in crises or developing contexts; what role education plays in those contexts; and how education systems work to validate or delegitimize the old or new elite. Current events will be incorporated.
The purpose of this introductory course is to develop familiarity with the core theory and field of practice in adult and continuing education. This course will provide an overview of the current thinking about the nature of adult education, adult learning theory, various areas of practice, and the challenges adult educators face. It will also look at areas for future research and development. The goal is to help students build a common language for understanding adult education concepts, learning theory, and practice, as it is found and utilized in different settings and disciplines.
This course provides a sophisticated introduction to the field of adult learning and its relationship to adult development and how these principles can be used to support learning across various types of organizations. Students will learn how to practically operationalize the science of human development in their instructional design, facilitation and experiential learning, and assessment and course evaluations. The course takes a design thinking approach to learning, enabling students to engage with prominent models of human development and learning in a hands-on and practical way, grounding their learning through action and lived experience.
In-depth consideration of issues, strategies, and methods for facilitating adult learning. Theory is considered in relationship to practice. Methods are identified that are suited to adult learning in different settings, and to the role played by groups in individual to team learning. No prerequisites required, but learning is enhanced when taken following ORLD 4050 and ORLD 4051.
This course takes a selective look at the contribution of major adult learning theories and their relationship to the fast-growing field of coaching. Exploring the links between key adult learning concepts and current coaching practices, the class will outline a number of critical adult learning concepts and frameworks selected because of their practical applications to the coaching process. The course will also give students space to experience coaching through various coaching experiential activities and build a model of coaching adapted to their organizational contexts and their coaching style.
This introductory course aims to help participants learn about and understand the paths that others have traveled in their quests to create revolutionary change within democratic societies. By drawing on the common frameworks and general example of the champions of social and political change, this course explores sets of repeating practices, principles, patterns and recurring themes that effective agents of change employ in the process of learning about and, ultimately, creating revolutionary change. Embedded in a practical, action-oriented framework for creating broad, revolutionary change, this course consists of four core components: (1.) Thinking AboutChange, Preparing for Change, Leading Change, and Sustaining Change. We examine together the role leaders and change agents play in learning to create social and political change within free, open and democratic societies. Ultimately, this course is geared toward understanding the lessons we can learn from the champions of change in a way that we can apply to our own organizational or institutional areas of practice. Finally, this course attempts to draw practical inspiration from change leaders as well as insights useful in our own individual lives with an ongoing emphasis on practical application. This fully asynchronous course centers around online group discussions, individual or small group workbook exercises and activities, and limited video lecture.
This course develops skills as a manager and leader using a cognitive-science based approach to skills development. Taking a hands-on, experiential approach, the purpose is to demystify the notion of management, provide students with feedback about their own management potential, and facilitate their personal and intellectual growth as a skilled leader. To paraphrase the father of modern management, Peter Drucker: Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion and underperformance. Everything else requires management and leadership. In this course, students will learn how to more effectively lead and motivate groups while understanding, as Paul Hawkes said, "Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them."
This course presents a somatic, or whole body, approach to professional and personal leadership development. Somatics is a methodology and change theory that views the individual as an integrated mind, body, and spirit and utilizes the whole body, not just the mind, as an essential place of intelligence, learning, and change. Working with our interdependent system of thoughts, emotions, and neuromuscular physiology, somatics give us “a way in” to quickly and directly develop deep insight into our embodied and largely unconscious patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting that result in our actions, conversations, decisions, relationships, and the leader we show ourselves to be. Throughout this experiential course, students will participate in an interactive, creative learning experience designed to build whole-body awareness, reconnect with their leadership purpose, gain a repertoire of practices that can enhance their potential to develop a more powerful leadership presence, maintain balance in chaos and conflict, and build more effective relationships and teams in a diversity of contexts. Connections will be made to the ways somatics is supported by neuroscience, Western and Eastern philosophies, spirituality, psychology, adult learning, leadership, and organizational development theories.
Special topics or events related to the administration of programs in adult education. Topics change each semester. Open to degree and non-degree students.
In this workshop, participants will explore the ways in which adults learn critical thinking and they will experience different techniques to teach critical thinking. Exercises to be reviewed will include: Scenario analysis, critical conversation protocols and critical incidents. The course is highly participatory and will take participants through a series of increasingly complex critical thinking activities.
In this course, we will explore how adult learners transform their habits of mind through critical self-reflection and discourse. We will also examine individual and social transformation and how they are connected. We will focus on practical and innovative strategies for fostering transformative learning in a wide range of adult education settings. This is a fully asynchronous distance learning course.
Participants in this course will engage in an in-depth exploration of transformative learning with an emphasis on the role of affect, imagination and the arts in the learning process. We will investigate how the journey of becoming authentic is a transformative process. Jung's concept of individuation - —i.e., differentiating one's Self from the collective—will be used as yet another lens through which we can view transformation. Participants are encouraged to engage in various creative processes for exploring transformative learning in personal and professional contexts. This is a fully asynchronous distance learning course.
This workshop will explore different methods and contexts for facilitating adult learning. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own experiences as learners and facilitators and to consider how these experiences might help them to reframe their practice. This highly interactive course will examine what counts as an adult educational approach to learning, the emotional rhythms of learning and what adult students look for in their teachers.
Discussion is one of the most frequently used teaching methodologies in higher and adult education today. This 2-day workshop takes participants through a number of increasingly complex and varied discussion exercises with the intent of participants being able to use and adapt these in their own practice. It is based on Stephen Brookfield (the workshop leader) and Stephen Preskill's books Discussion as a Way of Teaching (2005) and The Discussion Book (2016).
This two-day workshop builds on practices of social justice leaders to argue that effective leadership involves constantly learning about the practice of leadership in different contexts, and learning how best to support the learning of colleagues, followers and subordinates. We explore the different learning tasks associated with transformational, organic, and social justice leadership such as practicing openness, supporting the growth of others, analyzing experience, learning to question, and fostering democracy. Over the two days participants are taken through a series of sequenced exercises to gain experience in practicing learning leadership tasks.
This course is aimed at practitioners who work mostly in predominantly white settings. It explores the process of teaching about race and racism in educational contexts, corporations, communities, organizations and social movements. We examine the complex dynamics of working to unmask white supremacy and expose color blind perspectives in such settings. Participants consider how to use autobiographical disclosure, sequence the consideration of increasingly contentious racial issues, create conversational protocols to discuss race, prepare students for ‘brave space’ (rather than safe space) environments and respond to expressions of anger, hurt and pain. We examine the importance of examining the leader or teacher’s own racial identity, and the need for multiracial teaching teams to model difficult conversations. Finally, the course explores how to move people from individualized to structural ways of thinking about race and racism.
Permission of instructor required.
This course investigates the nature and process of leadership and self-development. It is based on the assumption that effective leadership starts with self-development, mindfulness, and critical self-reflection, and is further cultivated through dialogue, inquiry, and active listening as means of influencing others towards shared goals, rather than through traditional top-down, command and control approaches. Each student will be asked to take on a personal development goal for the semester and will be working with other students in a peer coaching process that supports the practical cultivation of their leadership abilities.
This course provides students with comprehensive practical strategies to leverage mobile first learning designs, and utilizing mobile devices in numerous contexts. As mobile-learning can happen anywhere and anytime, the concept of learning and that of a classroom has become more fluid. Today’s contemporary classrooms can be imagined and realized as any place where students of all ages can engage in student-centered, active learning using various mobile technological tools. This course enhances people’s ability to learn, access and leverage technology who are not experts in the field of technology. It provides an adult learning overview on mobile devices, and helps you pursue mobile learning activity designs, mobile app design and prototyping, m-Learning delivery, assessments, monitoring, and evaluation.
"Developing and Managing Adult Learning Programs" introduces students to the theory and practices employed when planning programs for adults in a variety of organizational settings. This course helps students to critically analyze the theoretical contexts, societal contexts and methodologies used throughout the design, development and delivery of programs. Students acquire practical tools for program planning through experiential learning activities.
This course provides a comprehensive view of organizational strategy from a learning perspective. Students examine various models for facilitating the development of strategic initiatives through learning interventions.
Introductory course covering the organization, management, and instructional process involved in staff training and development programs in business, industry, unions, healthcare institutions, government, and other noncollegiate settings. Current developments, innovative practices, and issues.
In today’s VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world, we are faced with a myriad of challenges and need to be better equipped to navigate this ever-changing world. This course introduces adult educators (i.e. learning designers, coaches, facilitators, teachers/professors, and consultants, etc.) to the 3 pillars of adult learning practice: 1) Transformative Learning, 2) Learning from Experience, and 3) Self-Directed Learning. Understanding and applying these theories to real-life issues and problems will be core in this course. Students will examine these theories in various cultures and contexts through formal, informal, and incidental learning in corporations, medical healthcare and non-profits, among others. To consolidate learning, students will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding, and capabilities to apply the learning theories to their own unique situations and challenges. Prerequisite: This course requires basic knowledge of adult learning theories & practices. Please contact Prof. Victoria Marsick (firstname.lastname@example.org) and graduate assistant, Chali Kaewla (email@example.com), for more information and special permission for course registration.
This course is designed to help students understand the rapidly changing role of intelligent technology for organizational learning about strategy and capacity building. The course draws on a combination of research case studies together with the existing theories on organizational learning in the workplace to address the complex dilemmas faced by human resource managers and corporate executives regarding the impact of technology on employee learning and management. The objectives of this course are presented in four integrated competency units: first, the ways in which IT has revolutionized learning in organizations; second, the alternative ways technology can be used to support distance learning; third, technology as it supports knowledge management; and, fourth, how technology changes organizational functioning and management.
"This course will explore the concept of a digital learning organization, and how to create or improve one that already exists. We will cover topics such as digital learning strategies, creating a learning culture, using technology for learning, assessing digital learning needs, emerging technologies, and implementing solutions for maximum impact. We will also address the need to support adults as they navigate the ambiguity that is a constant in today’s organizations, regardless of sector. Technology is changing at an increasing velocity and organizational practitioners should be equipped to be empathic and support the fluid needs that digital technologies will continue to bring as they emerge, regardless of what they are and context in which they are used."
A comprehensive view of the field of human resource development. The emphasis is on how HRD relates to a changing workplace and how emerging theories of strategic and performance management relate to the learning and development needs of people and organizations.
In this course we will explore online teaching and learning within adult education, higher education, community colleges, and organizations (corporate, non-profit); new theories, research, and applications that inform best practices in online learning; and “participative culture” vis-à-vis communities of learning, the history and evolution of online learning, and planning and designing an online course.
Supporting adult development enhances adults’ internal capacities, which in turn enables them to manage better the complexities of leading, teaching, learning and living. This course seeks to help leaders—across levels and sectors—support adult growth within organizations. To support internal capacity building, leaders need to implement practices in service to adults’ professional and personal development. This is especially important given the complexities of the adaptive challenges we face in the course of leading, learning and working —especially today. In this course we will explore an expanded notion of leadership that includes adult development. We will study research on adult developmental theories and their connections to practices that facilitate adults’ transformational learning (i.e. learning that helps adults develop greater cognitive and affective capacities to better manage the complexities of leadership, work and life). We will consider questions such as: How can we create organizations and systems that support adults’ transformational learning? What practices support adult development? What developmental principles inform these practices? How can we support leadership development in the workplace? What supports and conditions are necessary and needed?
Organizations increasingly build learning directly into work—as a part of the way that people get and use new ideas, solve problems and meet difficult challenges. Action learning is a popular strategy for leadership development that does just that. In this approach, people learn as they work together in small groups to ask questions about their challenges, try out new solutions, and rethink results in light of the data they collect. Sometimes this results in organizational learning and change. This course is an experiential learning laboratory that will help participants begin to develop a framework and skills for designing and coaching action learning programs.
This course is Part One of a three-course series focused on professional group supervision and on critical reflection on the theory, practice and integration of professional group supervision. The practicum series integrates theories of adult education, spirituality, personality, and therapeutic supervision in palliative and health care settings. This first course focuses on the person as educator within the supervisory relationship: exploring professional identity, reviewing group facilitation standards, and providing an overview of supervision. Students need to be engaged in a practicum, which can be arranged by themselves, by agencies with which they are associated, or through internships linked to the course.
This course is Part Two of a three-course series. Helps students to apply their learning to observe, critique, and deepen their supervisory work, with a particular focus on the educator's assessment of supervisees and group function. Students need to be engaged in a practicum, which can be arranged by themselves, by agencies with which they are associated, or through internships linked to the course.
This course is Part Three of a three-course series. Focuses on intervention and curriculum development vis-a-vis supervision, adult education program design, and, behavioral sciences, and cultural competence. Students need to be engaged in a practicum, which can be arranged by themselves, by agencies with which they are associated, or through internships linked to the course.
Social Entrepreneurship can be simply defined as the application of the mindset, processes, tools, and techniques of business entrepreneurship to the pursuit of a social and/or environmental mission. Social entrepreneurship brings to bear the passion, ingenuity, innovativeness, perseverance, planning bootstrapping abilities, and focus on growth characteristic of business entrepreneurs on the work of meeting our society’s most pressing challenges. Incorporated into each class will be implications for how entrepreneurs learn (entrepreneurial learning theory) through practice. The course will concurrently address the necessary skills needed to start a social enterprise including how to develop a business plan with a social/societal benefitting focus. Students will develop a comprehensive business plan for a social enterprise of their choosing throughout the semester, as well as a Pitch.
In our today VUCA world, organizational learning – understood not only as learning in organizations, but above all as learning by organizations – is more necessary than ever. In a changing world, organizations of any kind (companies, schools, hospitals, public agencies etcetera) need to learn to stay alive. Research on organizational learning, including its actors and its objects, its triggers and its phases, its obstacles and its support, needs to be well founded on both theories of organization(s) and theories of organizational learning as well as on given empirical literature. This course develops such theoretical and empirical foundations alongside students‘ research projects in self-chosen organizations. Students will prepare and realize small own-research projects. Presenting and discussing both preparation and realization will serve to support this process. As this course sees organizational learning as a process of praxis, qualitative research methods will be favored. Therefore it would be helpful if ORL6500 or comparable qualitative research course have been completed or will be be studied parallel with this course.
In this workshop, participants examine the core elements of critical theory as originated by the Frankfurt School. Critical theory holds that ideological manipulation works to make inequity appear as the natural order of things. Participants will examine core concepts such as ideology, power, alienation and liberation via the works of Marcuse, Fromm, Gramsci and Foucault and consider how these relate to adult learning and the practice of adult education.
Leveraging Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to Enhance Organizational Effectiveness will explore research, best practices, and future directions. Students will learn to select among popular EQ assessment and measurement tools, distinguish between cognitive learning and emotional learning strategies, effectively position the business case for EQ, and evaluate the effectiveness of EQ learning strategies. Participants will receive personal profiles based on three popular EQ assessments (i.e., Emotional Social Competence Inventory - ESCI; Emotional Quotient Inventory - EQi 2.0; and Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test - MSCEIT) and applied insights to leadership development strategies including executive coaching.
Building Productive Relationships with Social Intelligence (SQ) describes the components of the emerging emotional economy and why it's important to organizational performance, expand EQ capability by amplifying social intelligent components, examine the social neuroscience behind the dynamics of productive relationships, combine non-verbal agility to expand empathic accuracy for improved communication, and develop foundational human interaction skills to enhance relationships. Participants will examine the results of 3 assessments: (1) NBI (Thinking Style); (2) Listening Style Profile; and (3) Coaching Mindset Index, with a focus on devising small group and team development interventions.
Building 21st Century Organizational Capability with Cultural Intelligence (CQ) students will learn a strategic learning and leadership framework used to guide cultural diversity interventions in organizations, examine the theoretical and philosophical foundations associated with evidence-based cultural diversity strategies, explore a set of core practices informed by important leadership questions, experiment with sample tools designed to launch strategic cultural diversity processes, apply strategic diversity learning and change process to personal project to integrate key learning. Participants will examine how three assessments (i.e., Culture In the Workplace Questionnaire, CQ Assessment, and Bennett's Intercultural Development Inventory) can be used to inform the design and implementation of various learning strategies focused on building a leveraging diversity capacity in the workplace.
Permission required. Conduct research studies (not a part of a doctoral dissertation) under guidance. Focus on a particular institution or type of institution, e.g., college of liberal arts, professional school, community college.
This highly interactive seminar offers an opportunity for participants to challenge conventional approaches to strategy by focusing on how successful strategists learn to think strategically — the learning aspect of strategic thinking will be emphasized. As organizational leaders, the seminar participants will be encouraged to critically assess their own and their organizations’ strategy development habits. Accordingly, participants will be working with their own current strategy cases in order to expand the breadth and depth of their strategic thinking baseline. This seminar provides a thorough grounding in the foundation and underlying concepts of strategic thinking. Based on a critical reflective process-oriented design, this course content explores the genesis of strategic thinking, its value to an organization, and includes extensive practice and intensive reflection as learning methods.
(1) Workshop in Adult Education: Life History -- This course introduces the use of life history and biological approaches in adult education. Through the process of reflecting on their life experience, participants gain insight into the field of adult education, develop their capacity for critical self-reflection, and explore strengths and challenges associated with the interpretation of qualitative data. In order to promote learning and build up the cohesion of the cohort, this course articulates multiple settings (lectures, class and small group discussions) and specific tasks (writing and sharing autobiographical experiences, keeping a learning journal, organizing a field trip in NYC, etc.) (2) Seminar in Adult Basic and Critical Literacy -- This course offers an overview of the field of adult education’s legacy and connections to the study and development of adult basic literacy. The course covers literacy skills, domestic and global trends, and research. It also covers critical literacy from the perspective of the role of education and the interplay of power and privilege in defining requisite cultural literacies for individual and collective success. (3) Workshop in Adult Education: Strategic Advocacy -- This course provides a foundation for understanding and utilizing practices for learning and engaging in advocacy under conditions characterized by complexity and uncertainty. The workshop will focus on how these practices can be applied strategically to organizations (private and public, for profit and not-for-profit) and to individual action in order to address challenges marked by uncertainty and ambiguity. The objective of this course will be to further develop student capabilities to address complex personal, organizational, and societal challenges strategically. (4) Workshop in Adult Education: Technology in Organizations -- This course is designed to help students understand and cope with the many issues involved in developing organizational learning programs and integrating an important component: technology. The course aims at providing a combination of research case studies together with existing theories on organizational learning in the workplace. The workshop responds to the complex and various dilemmas faced by many human resource managers and corporate executives regarding how to actually deal with the impact of technology on employee learning and management. (5) Workshop in Adult Education: Capstone -- This course is designed to assist students in reflecting on and making meaning of their overall AEGIS curricular coursework and community experience. It is a closure experience in which they engage in multiple multi-sensory activities oriented towards outgrowth issues and transitioning to the independent research phase of their doctoral study.
Permission of instructor required.
Adult education is an interdisciplinary field of theory and practice that draws on social sciences. Students in AEGIS are experienced practitioners who come to the program with a wide range of disciplinary, theoretical, and practical backgrounds on which they can draw as they begin this journey. The pro-seminar provides a common language in our quest as adult education scholar-practitioners. It is a forum through which students can examine the common threads of adult learning and education that run throughout the different settings and disciplines through which they practice. Students examine the main theoretical orientations and professional practice areas in the field. They also examine and critique the personal, philosophical, and professional presuppositions and underpinnings of their practice.
This course is the third in a sequence of research courses aimed at helping students understand the qualitative approach to dissertation research. In this course, students begin to scope out the parameters of a topical inquiry and begin to grapple with the many facets of the dissertation proposal.
Learning is at the core of most initiatives in organizations and requires dynamic, collaborative, and innovative approaches to program planning. A main idea in this course is that program development is about a series of choices. To enable well-informed choice, program planning theory and practice is explored. Emphasis is placed on developing the knowledge, skills, and values needed to achieve greater capacity for effective program development.
(1) Adult Development -- This course provides an overview of adult development theories and how they inform adult learning. Students will gain insight into stage and phase theories and how adult growth can be supported in a variety of workplace, educational, and community settings. Developmental assessments will be examined and differences explored based on theories that differently explore psychological, lifespan, spiritual, moral, and other frameworks for understanding adult development. (2) Adult Education/Learning: Theory and Practice -- This course helps educators gain insight into themselves as facilitators of adult learning based on theory, research, and practice related to learning from and through experience, self-directed learning, and transformative learning theory. This course supports a critical appraisal of one's facilitation practice. The format will be interactive discussion of various theoretical perspectives on adult learning, with a view to how these ideas can be used to understand / improve / change your practice. (3) Advanced Seminar: Leadership in Adult Education -- In this course, we will explore various theories and practices of leadership from the perspective of adult learning; we will do so in a workplace context. Specifically, we will examine the framing of leadership as a form of human performance and focus on contextual, conceptual, and behavioral dimensions of leadership. Our inquiry will be guided by four essential questions: 1) Are leaders born? 2) Can leadership be taught? 3) Does it all depend? 4) What's new/emerging? The format will be a seminar where cases be read and discussed to examine various perspectives on leadership theory, models of practice, and research in light of class members' own experiences and practice. (4) Workplace and Organizational Learning --In this course, we will examine trends that have affected the shift to knowledge work and globalization and implications for learning in organizations. We will contrast structured training practices with the embedded, contextualized nature of informal workplace learning and critically assess learning practices in different settings (business organizations, not-for-profits, higher education, healthcare, community, other educational settings). Finally, we will examine differences when learning is supported at individual, group, and organizational learning levels.
Drawing on the literature, presents students with the central challenges of establishing learning communities as an adult education method of practice. Special attention is given to the use of the web as a way of establishing virtual learning communities. Students gain experience through the use of the web to facilitate dialogue linked to their course work.
Extends the learning from Learning Communities I, with an emphasis on using web technology to facilitate learning communities as part of action learning methods. Special emphasis is placed on developing reflective practice in such communities.
This seminar focuses on the use of learning communities to facilitate research and inquiry. Students use their own research topics as a focus for the course.
(1) Introduction to Research -- This is the first in a sequence of courses designed to develop student competencies in conducting and assessing research. The overall objective of this course is for students to become conversant with the current discourse on research and with the most fundamental research designs encountered in practice. The course begins with a discussion of research paradigms. From this context, the class considers issues around experimental design, survey design and analysis, field/case study research, and action research--all forms of research design and methods with which adult educators and human resource development require competence. (2) Literature Review -- This course is an intensive seminar designed to introduce doctoral students of an AEGIS cohort to the discipline and constituent practices of conducting a literature review within the context of doctoral studies and dissertation work. On conclusion of this course, students will be able to a) search for topic-related literature, b) take and organize notes from the review, c) identify qualities of literature constituting the review, and d) possess knowledge of fundamental resources needed for writing the literature review. (3) Advanced Research Seminar I -- This is the third course in the research sequence. The objective of this seminar is to help students strengthen their conceptual frameworks, refine their research questions, and tighten their thinking around research design, providing them with the foundation for a robust pilot study experience in the spring. Students will continue to develop a critical understanding of the nuances, conundrums, and complexity of research methods and the research process. (4) Advanced Research Seminar II -- This is the last course in the research sequence. It is intended both to advance participants' understanding of the interpretative research paradigm and its accepted methodologies and to facilitate the further development of a viable dissertation proposal. The course focuses on the following components of the proposal: the proposed research methodology, additional literature review, and refinement of the anticipated context and background. Students will develop a plan for finishing the proposal.
Permission required. Students should have completed most or all coursework (including research methods courses) and have passed the certification examination. The course is intended for students who have identified a reasonably narrow area for research and have already completed a preliminary literature review. The course will assist the student in design, methods, and other matters of concern in the preparation of an acceptable dissertation proposal.
Permission required. All doctoral students eligible for this course must register each semester until a proposal hearing has occurred and a proposal has been approved.
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.
An introduction to the U.S. system of higher education through an overview of the system and its history, a survey of the missions and purposes served by U.S. colleges and universities, and an investigation of some of the pressing policy questions now confronting those institutions.
An introduction to theories and practices pertaining to curriculum and teaching in U.S. higher education. Internal and external influences on curriculum and teaching and implications for college and university classrooms. Examination of key trends and developments, including the impact of the scholarship of teaching.
Emerging issues, problems, and trends in community colleges, technical institutes, and adult education. Topics include the history and philosophy of the community college movement, governance and finance, teaching, student personnel work, impact on students, and the future of the community college.
Basic aspects of college and university organization and administration with consideration given to the roles of various groups in governance and management as well as organizational processes such as leadership, decision making, and conflict resolution. External and internal constraints examined from conceptual, practical, and policy perspectives.
No financial training is required. Introduction to the financial pressures facing colleges and universities and the various kinds of solutions they have adopted to meet those pressures. Topics include strategic planning, cost cutting, outsourcing, enrollment planning, new curricula, and fund raising.
Reviews the demographic data about student access to college, the determinants of social class, race and gender differences in college access and choice, and the influence of colleges upon students.
Permission required. An introduction to various forms of organization and functions: multidisciplinary foundations, including historical and philosophical foundations and conceptual and research contributions from the behavioral and social sciences.
A survey of programs and services typical of American colleges and universities. Includes contemporary issues of concern to student personnel administrators.
This course requires a minimum of 27 hours per week of out of classroom work.
Students will explore diversity (race, class and gender) concerns affecting the recruitment and retention of diverse student and faculty populations in the context of American higher education.
Designed for individuals who aspire to college teaching. This course emphasizes research on student learning and pedagogies. The course stresses the implications of diversity in the student population.
Critical analysis of cultural diversity in American higher education with respect to the curriculum, co-curriculum, and institutional structure. Presents new paradigms with which to understand the complexities of response that are necessary to adequately meet the needs of all students.
Permission required. Students reserve two days a week for work in colleges. A seminar integrates field practices with course theory. Required of all students doing an internship.
Intensive analysis of selected problems and issues in postsecondary education. The course is intended for practicing professionals in postsecondary education as well as majors in the program. Other students in the college who wish to enroll should obtain permission of the instructor.
Critical analysis of selected research reports pertaining to the student cultures. The focus is on the purposes of each study, the question(s) asked, the assumptions and theories upon which the research is based, the sources of data, the method(s) of data collection, the conclusions and interpretations developed, and the relevance of the research to student personnel in particular and to higher education in general.
Course focuses on college student development theories and their application to higher education. Primary areas of focus include: (1) intellectual and ethical developmental theory, individual development models, learning styles models, and theories of cultural identity, (2) ethical considerations using theory in practice, and (3) critique of theories from a variety of research perspectives.
Permission required if not a student in the program. Intensive analysis of research process as applied to study of higher education. The course is intended for Ed.M., Ed.D., and Ph.D. students in the program. Other students in the college who wish to enroll should obtain permission of the instructor. Analysis of selected classic and contemporary works that have influenced thought and affected public opinion and public policy related to higher education. Topics vary from year to year.
Review and discussion of the research and literature, diverse roles, and expectations that characterize the position of college professor, with attention to implications for professional and personal development. Consideration of the professoriate as a profession.
Theory and practice concerning theory, evaluation, and improvement of college teaching. Topics include models and practices for review, design, and conduct of faculty development programs.
This course is designed to give you an understanding of the civic mission of higher education and introduce you to the study and practice of public engagement in higher education. During the semester, we will consider the civic roles of postsecondary education institutions both past and present. Special attention will be paid to contemporary philosophies and practices of engagement, and how engagement is expressed in various institutional contexts.
The power of philanthropy within the United States and American higher education has been tremendous. Philanthropy has become a cultural norm in the United States; Americans give their money at a higher rate than any other country in the world. In fact, Peter Dobkin Hall believes that “No single force is more responsible for the emergence of the modern university in America than giving by individuals and foundations.” The purpose of this course is designed to look critically at how philanthropy and fundraising has affected American higher education.
This course will introduce students to assessment practices in U.S. higher education, focusing on assessment of teaching, learning, and educational quality as it relates to the learning outcomes movement in higher education. The course divides the intended learning into two broad topics: understanding and analyzing the national landscape of higher education accountability and assessment; and developing the skills to create and implement an assessment plan.
Taught in research team/practicum format, the course develops students' knowledge and skills of interview research as a process including development of research questions, conceptual framework, study design and methods, data collection, data analysis, interpretation, and reporting. We focus on one-to-one interviewing coupled to document analysis and observation toward understanding persons' thinking and learning in diverse educational contexts.
Permission required. Course restricted to Ph.D., Ed.D., and Ed.M. students in the Higher Education program. An overview and discussion of the most topical literature in American higher education, this course is designed to explore a wide variety of educational roles in the context of the goals and aspirations of new doctoral students.
Examination of leadership research definition, dimensions, characteristics, and capacities. Exploration of leadership opportunities within entire range of educational practice. Application of leadership lessons to educational problems and situations through case studies.
Students should have completed most or all coursework (including research methods courses) and have passed the certification examination. Students register for the course the semester a proposal hearing is to be scheduled. The course is intended for students who have identified a reasonably narrow area for research and have already completed a preliminary literature review. The course will assist the student in design, methods, and other matters of concern in the preparation of an acceptable dissertation proposal.
All doctoral students eligible for this course must register each semester until a proposal hearing has occurred and a proposal has been approved.
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.
Peaceful, safe classrooms and schools support both academic and social-emotional learning. This course introduces the field of conflict resolution education in schools, in the context of supporting student academic achievement, increasing skills for coping with interests-based conflicts, and creating just and caring classrooms and schools.
A survey of the primary functions and operations of organizations: accounting, finance, marketing, strategic planning, management information systems, and the relation of these functions to human resource management.
Introduction to theories and research that underlie the field of organizational psychology. Implications and applications in various organizational contexts are considered.
Overview of alternative methods of behavioral research and their relative strengths and limitations. Application of methodological principles in order to read and evaluate social science research and learn how to begin to conduct research.
Executive Coaching combines two previously taught courses into one in order to integrate theory and practice. As such, this course is intended to provide students with an overview of theory, research, and practice related to coaching within organizational settings as coaching is viewed as a subset of organizational consultation. Assuming some basic knowledge of organizational behavior and theory and limited experience with coaching, the course is designed to give students an opportunity to gain foundational knowledge of the coaching process, including how to create a coaching relationship, engage in coaching conversations, and build commitment for action planning.
Despite demographic and cultural changes leading to more diversity in organizations, workplaces often struggle with issues of justice, equity, and inclusion. In this interactive course, we will explore why change around social inclusion is often painstakingly slow and recalcitrant, and what can be done to promote and sustain constructive change in the workplace.
This course will explore the relevance of dynamical systems theory (DST) for understanding protracted and seemingly intractable conflict at different levels of social reality (interpersonal, inter-group, international) and will outline the conditions under which such conflict can be transformed.
This course examines the role that unaddressed and unhealed emotional trauma plays in creating and maintaining conflict. It also highlights unaddressed trauma as an obstacle to reconciliation-our ability to put the past to rest and to rebuild relationships that have broken under the strain of conflict.
This course is designed to engage students as leaders and interventionists in their own and others' long-term conflicts. This course applies four realms to transform long-term conflict: wisdom (knowing), cognition (thinking), affect (feeling), and behavior (acting).
Permission Required. Student works closely with faculty in conducting research in social-organizational psychology and producing a substantive paper at semester's end.
In Advanced Functions of Organizations, students will learn about the larger contexts within which businesses function, the mechanisms by which they are regulated, the ways in which these contexts and mechanisms impact the viability and success of a business or organization, and the impact these variables have on the decision-making role and behavior of management and employees in an organization. Topics covered are market analysis and business ethics, capital markets, business law, and business strategy and decision- making.
The goal of this course is to provide a solid understanding of theory, research, and practice in human resource management. Through a combination of reading, cases, lectures, and discussions of the material, students will understand human resources' ability to be a credible partner to the business and its pivotal role in supporting organizational strategy; the complexity of the human resources function to move from the sole mission of the attraction, motivation and retention of people to one that also attempts a line of sight and contribution to organizational value; and the various aspects of the human resources function such as human resource strategy, talent management, talent development, organizational design/effectiveness, and training.
Major psychological and other interdisciplinary approaches to the study of leadership. Critical analysis of relevant theories, research, and practical applications.
This course is designed to provide meaningful, real-world practical experience in an organizational setting. It allows the student to gain exposure to a professional environment where they can apply academic theory from the field of social-organizational psychology (human resources, organizational development, talent management, and others) or conflict resolution (human rights, majority relations, mediation, peacemaking, social justice, and others). Students will work for at least 150 hours within their selected organization.
Prerequisite: ORL 5362. This course gives students an opportunity to apply their knowledge of group and team dynamics in order to learn how to improve work team functioning and performance. The course covers a variety of models for effective teaming with an emphasis on how to apply those models to real work teams. Students learn relevant theory and research that underlies effective small group interventions and practice applied skills in teamwork. The class format is a seminar style with considerable discussion, case study analyses, role-plays, and small group work.
Prerequisite: ORLJ 4009. This course illustrates how to conduct survey research for organizational change initiatives. The following topics are covered: entering into survey research consulting, selecting concepts, conducting focus groups, survey construction and administration, data analysis, identifying needs, survey feedback techniques, and final reports. Students develop a survey-based project from initial conceptualization to final report presentation.
Prerequisite: ORLJ 4009. Reviews tools for collecting, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data in organizations. Students explore and practice the use of data collection techniques most frequently utilized by practitioners in the field (secondary data, observations, questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups), as well as practice analysis techniques associated with these tools. The use of diagnostic tools is considered within the framework of the consulting cycle (contracting and planning, data collection, data analysis, and data feedback). Upon completion of this course, the students should be well prepared to engage in a consultation with the real client.
This course covers human capital as a source of strategic advantage, and how companies, consultants and executives can harness empirical people data to create business advantages. In this course, students gain a knowledge and understanding of the strategies, tools, and methods to conduct to talent and workforce analytics. The course will guide students through several real-world examples of talent analytics each designed to provide hands-on experience applying analytics to workforce and people data.
Open only to qualified doctoral students in the behavioral or social sciences. Representative approaches to practice in the design, conduct, and analysis of research. Fall: Experimental and quasi-experimental design. Spring: Field and survey methods; policy and evaluation research.
Prerequisite: ORLJ 4005 or equivalent. Study of organizations as total systems with consideration of different types of organizations. Emphasis on the impact of such dimensions as mission, strategy, structure, culture, systems, and leadership on individual and organizational performance and vice versa. Organizational change is also addressed.
This class is designed to explore the intercultural communication field and what it has to offer professional educators in the context of their understanding of intercultural theory and practice and in their ability to design effective and empathic learning environments.
This course covers the primary content and substance of organization change. The content/substance includes theory, models and frameworks, research studies, and related concepts that influence the practice of organization change and vice versa: that is, how the practice of organization change influences theory, models, research, and concepts. The course is conducted as a combination of lecture and student activities and discussion with emphasis on (a) selected readings to be studied prior to each class and (b) discussion during class by all students.
This course provides a comprehensive review of the theory and practice of Strategic Talent Management in organizational settings. Students will learn about key conceptual models (e.g., talent life-cycle, leadership pipeline, high-potential classification and role segmentation frameworks), processes and tools used for assessing and developing talent (e.g., talent reviews and brokering, multi-trait multi-method assessment frameworks, and the 70/20/10 model of development).
This course allows students to understand how social networks influence performance in a wide variety of settings. Relevant topics in the application of social network ideology are explored, such as motivated goal pursuits, leadership processes, and the structure of group and organizational networks. The course also explores important interpersonal processes through a social network lens, such as human conflict, emotional contagion, and helping behavior.
This course investigates how conflicts unfold in organizational settings, and explores the causes, influencing factors and strategies for managing these conflicts.
This course covers foundational and current research on equity, diversity and inclusion (E, D & I) in work teams and their larger organizational systems. Students in this course will learn effective, evidence-based practices and have opportunities for skill-building and hands-on learning related to issues of E, D & I in today’s workplace. Students will also engage in critical self-reflection to increase understanding of their own identities and knowledge about how who they are shapes how they navigate in diverse workplaces. The class format will include lecture, discussion, experiential learning and activities/exercises to increase practice skills in E, D & I.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic structure and techniques of interviewing and listening. The course is largely experiential and is intended for students who have little or no background or experience in counseling or coaching.
Enrollment limited. This elective combines theory and practice in management and leadership, with an emphasis on practical applications: what managers and leaders actually do. In addition to theory, simulations, behavior modeling, team participation, and individual presentations are used to provide a series of developmental experiences.
An experiential course designed to promote negotiation understanding and adaptivity across negotiation situations. Students will have the opportunity to develop more self-awareness and basic collaborative negotiation skills with supervised practice.
Mediators help disputants handle their conflict constructively and to find acceptable solutions. Students will learn the conditions when mediation is most effective, appropriate and feasible; identify basic differences in the task versus relationship nature of the cases presented; and employ strategies that are fitting and conducive to mediation.
Open only to qualified doctoral students in the behavioral or social sciences. Intensive readings and analysis of theories and research in social psychology and social structure.
Open only to qualified doctoral students in the behavioral or social sciences. Intensive readings and analysis of theories and research in social and organizational psychology and social structure.
This course is an advanced seminar on the theoretical foundations of conflict resolution based on current and previous social psychology research. It emphasizes the links between theory and practice and provides a broad overview of basic topics in conflict resolution, including cooperation and competition, power, culture, justice, negotiation and mediation, violence, intergroup conflict, intractable conflict and sustainable peace.
This course seeks to understand the role that demography plays in organizations. The main focus in this course is on demographic variables such as race, gender, and disability. The course examines various theoretical frameworks that help us to understand how demographic variables influence organizational behavior and decisions.
Permission required. Prerequisites: ORL 5362 and ORLJ 4010. Students will be trained in Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR) and practice their acquired skills with the facilitation of the executive coaching labs (ORLJ 4010). Students meet in seminar format to debrief facilitation sessions, integrate learning, and advance their coaching knowledge and skills through reflection and assigned reading. Additional coaching opportunities and supervision may be undertaken.
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.
Prerequisite: ORL 5362 and ORLJ 4005. Enrollment limited. Open to master's students and doctoral candidates who have a strong background in social science, organizational behavior, administration, psychology, or business. Offers the opportunity to understand the consulting process through work on change projects involving actual clients.
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester. This course requires 27 hours per week outside of the classroom.
Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester. This course requires 27 hours per week outside of the classroom.
Prerequisite: ORLJ 5340. This applied course explores some of the theories and intervention skills needed when conflicts of interest are compounded by the complexity and perceived and/or real social identity differences. It is primarily concerned with how group differences (such as class, power, culture, race, and gender) can be understood and mitigated by means of negotiation, mediation, and dialogue.
Open only to qualified doctoral students in the behavioral or social sciences. Stereotypes are an important means by which perceivers form impressions of others, and understand and interact with their social environments. It is important to understand the role of stereotypes in information processing as well as the conditions under which stereotype activation and use are more or less likely to occur. This seminar explores the development, activation and suppression and use of stereotypes in organizational contexts.
Doctoral seminar. This seminar examines various theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of complex systems. Example topics include traditional systems theory, social network analysis, dynamic network theory, social interaction analysis, and simulations of complex systems. A variety of frameworks are addressed that span individual, dyadic, group, organizational, and international levels.
For doctoral students, only. This course is designed to help students develop the writing skills needed in their academic and post-academic careers. Course topics include establishing and maintaining good writing habits; writing theoretical, applied, and empirical papers; providing and responding to reviewer comments on manuscripts; and ethics in writing. The course provides a support for students as they work on completing their own qualifying papers. The desired and expected outcome of the course is at least one completed qualifying paper or paper ready to submit for publication.
The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of assessment tools from a psychological perspective and to learn about the wide range of applications of assessments in organizations. The course aims to enable students to apply, understand, and interpret scientific assessment tools throughout the talent management spectrum: selecting, onboarding, developing and engaging employees. Psychometric and test theory, a brief history of applied assessment, and the key methodologies used to assess and measure major work-related constructs (e.g., EQ, IQ, personality, and leadership potential) will be discussed, as well as novel applications of assessment and the future of talent identification. The course will pay particular attention to assessment-based solutions or interventions, such as executive coaching, organizational development, and high potential identification programs.
Permission required. For doctoral candidates only. Discussion of ongoing projects involving research and consultation.
Permission required. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of plans for approval. Registration limited to two terms. For requirements, see section on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.
Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.
Theoretical foundations of nursing. Critical analysis of theories that explain the nature of nursing practice.
Focus is the fiscal impact of providing nursing services. Management information systems, organizing human and material resources, and assessing the cost and quality of nursing services are studied. Health organization finance and nursing budgeting are included.
Political and economic concepts influencing the delivery of healthcare services. Consideration of health issues facing the public and possible courses of action.
Prerequisite: ORLN 4005. Examination of emerging issues in nursing research and healthcare. Relevance to theory development and health policy are emphasized.
Prerequisites: ORLN 4005, ORLN 4050, or equivalent. Evaluation of the utility of theories and models from related disciplines in posing research problems in nursing. Focus on strategies of concept analysis and theory derivation.
Prerequisite: ORL 4054. Analysis and application of administrative theory and structure to the nurse executive role. Analysis of fit of models to the nursing administrative task. Application of management by objectives, quantitative decision theory, and other models in the nursing administrative function.
Prerequisite: ORL 4054. Corequisites or prerequisites: ORLN 4005, ORLN 4013, and ORLN 5010. Identification and analysis of organization and planning theories applicable to the nursing care system. Development of design models based on analyses of current and predictable healthcare needs of society and the nursing market. Ability to assess architectural plans as they impact on nursing care delivery.
Focus on computerized management information systems, computer-based analysis of decision alternatives, assessing nursing care quality and cost-effectiveness, and other feedback mechanisms specific to the nursing organization. Special fee: $50.
Prerequisites: ORLN 4005, ORLN 5000. Analysis of hypothetical generation, study designs, and data collection methods in nursing research with emphasis on application to practice.
Prerequisites: ORLN 4005, ORLN 5040, or equivalents. Philosophical foundations of empirical and naturalistic inquiry methods are examined with reference to developing a domain-significant research problem. Emphasis given to clarification to study design within interdisciplinary knowledge relevant to nursing.
Permission required. Supervised practice in teaching nurse learners in one or more settings: classroom, clinical and/or practice.
Inquiry in effective strategies for teaching and evaluating students in the laboratory setting. Analysis, or theory and related research.
Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the master's level in a selected aspect of professional nursing. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.
Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the master's level in a selected aspect of nursing administration. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.
Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the master’s level in a selected aspect of nursing education, professorial studies. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.
Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the master’s level in a selected aspect of nursing staff development. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.
Analysis of selected social, economic, and political megatrends that have or will continue to influence the direction of change in the healthcare industry. The process of analysis is intended to serve as a conceptual framework for the categorization of discrete trends affecting the management of nursing services and programs.
Prerequisites: Two courses in nursing professionalism and/or history. Examination of selected professional nursing problems or domain in depth. Course may be repeated for credit if different topics are covered.
Prerequisites: ORL 4054, ORLN 4011, ORLN 5010. Selected innovations in nursing, other health disciplines and management science are analyzed regarding underlying processes for translating new knowledge into successful practice. Special fee: $10.
Prerequisites: ORL 4054, ORLN 5010. Analysis of marketing concepts and principles of strategic planning as they relate to nurse executive role in health service industry.
Policy formation and governance within nursing organizations and within the larger institution of which they are a part. Exploration of external and internal influences on policy formation in nursing.
Permission required. Prerequisites: ORLN 4005, ORLN 5005, ORLN 5043, statistics, and certification. Required of all doctoral candidates. Group critique of dissertation proposals; focus on beginning to intermediate aspects of analysis of theory and research design. This course may be repeated as often as necessary until the student is ready for the departmental examination. Once ORLN 6540 is taken, continuous fall/spring enrollment in this course, in ORLN7900, or in ORLN 8900 is required until the semester during which the departmental examination is held.
Permission required. Prerequisite: ORLN 6540 and certification. Focus on advanced aspects of research design and method.
Prerequisite: Determined by professor based on topic(s) selected. Examination of selected problems in nursing administration practice. Course may be repeated for credit if different topic is covered.
Prerequisite: Determined by professor based on topic selected. Examination of selected problems in nursing education practice and administration. Course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is covered.
Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the doctoral level in a selected aspect of professional nursing. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.
Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the doctoral level in a selected aspect of nursing administration. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.
Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the doctoral level in a selected aspect of the nursing educational organization. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.
Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the doctoral level in a selected aspect of nursing education. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.
Permission required. Allows student to contract with an individual faculty member for research-related work in a defined area of study, including dissertation development.
Permission required. Individual, guided learning experience at the doctoral level in a selected aspect of staff development. Topic agreed upon between student and faculty.
Permission required. Prerequisite: ORLN 6540 and certification. The departmental examination, involving presentation of dissertation proposal for faculty approval. This course is required of all certified doctoral candidates and may be taken only once. If the student is unable to satisfactorily complete the departmental examination during the semester in which enrolled, an incomplete is given and is removed when student completes all requirements for the departmental examination.
Permission required. Prerequisites: ORLN 6540 and ORLN 6541. All doctoral students eligible for this course must register for this course every semester during completion of the dissertation. This course may be repeated as often as necessary upon advice of the advisor.
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertation following completion of all course work and programmatic course requirements, upon advisement by Faculty advisor. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For continuous requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D. degree.