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Leadership Studies Doctoral Program Faculty and Students Present at the 18th Annual Conference of the International Leadership Association (ILA)

November 09, 2016

Three Leadership Studies doctoral program faculty and seven doctoral students represented LSUS well as they attended the ILA Conference and delivered four presentations thanks, in large part, to financial support from Provost Vassar's office and the Noel Foundation. Each of the Leadership Studies Doctoral Program professors were also able to make this trip due to the financial support provided by their endowed professorships made available by the agencies/families named and the Louisiana Board of Regents Endowed Professor/Chair Program. The first three presentations were all delivered on Friday, November 4, and the final one was presented on Saturday, November 5 as indicated below.

 Panel Discussion-Cultivating Self-Leadership in African-American Adolescent Females: Co-presenters: Tracey Burrell (Cohort 2 and LSUS Director of Clinical Experiences & Alternate Certification for the School of Education) and Dr. Iris Johnson, Leadership Studies Program Director and LSUS Endowed Capital One Professorship in Education. Dr. Emmanuel Clottey, unable to attend the conference, served as a research consultant for Tracey Burrell's research.

 Workshop-The Ethical Leadership Style Questionnaire (ELSQ): This presentation featured the doctoral dissertation of Dr. Chikeleze and related research of the other co-presenters. Co-presenters included the renowned Dr. Peter G. Northouse, Professor Emeritus, Western Michigan University; Dr. Jim Ludema, Co-Founder and Director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership in the College of Business at Benedictine University, and former doctoral candidate, Walter R. Baehrend, Senior Manager, Wireless Services of Nokia. Dr. Chikeleze, full-time LSUS Leadership Studies faculty member, is the current recipient of the LSUS Dalton Woods Family Endowment Professorate. With connections made following this presentation both Devonye Brown and Bill Haacker (Cohort 1 students) obtained the additional support needed for the foundations of their doctoral research!

 Panel Discussion-Nonprofit Organizations and Inclusive Leadership: Stories from the Field. Three Cohort 1 students presented four different perspectives on leadership in non-profit organizations. Robert "Bobby" Darrow, doctoral candidate and Managing and Artistic Director of the Shreveport Little Theatre highlighted both the Shreveport Little Theatre and the Shreveport Philadelphia Center; David Hylan, doctoral candidate and Executive Director of the Betty & Leonard Phillips Caddo Deaf Action Center highlighted that agency. William "Bill" Haacker, doctoral student, employee of the LSUHSC and Program Director of the Renesting Project, Inc. highlighted the Renesting Project. Dr. Michael Chikeleze served as the panel chair. Dr. Melissa Hawthorne, LSUS Endowed R & M Calhoun Professorship in Education Professor, served as the research consultant.

 Panel Discussion-Supporting Collaboration with Stakeholders for Inclusive Leadership in Turnaround Schools. Three Cohort 1 students discussed leadership and collaboration required in the turnaround of public schools in Caddo Parish. Presenters-all employees of Caddo Parish Public Schools were: Shelita Cannon-Hoey, doctoral student and Curriculum Specialist; Tonya Evans, doctoral candidate and Supervisor of Mathematics; and Marvin Rainey, doctoral student and Principal of Midway PreK-3 Elementary School. Drs. Chikeleze and Johnson served as planning consultants, and Dr. Hawthorne served as the research consultant for the presentation.
Note: Doctoral candidates have successfully completed all foundation coursework in the program; successfully completed both their written and oral comprehensive exams; and are currently conducting their doctoral research with an eye towards graduation by May, 2017.

PHOTO: Shown L-R standing: Dr. Michael Chikeleze; David Hylan; Tonya Evans; Shelita Cannon-Hoey; Dr. Melissa Hawthorne; Tracey Burrell; Marvin Rainey; and William "Bill" Haacker. Shown L-R seated: Devonye Brown; Robert "Bobby" Darrow; and Dr. Iris Johnson

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