The poster session provides doctoral students a platform to present and discuss their dissertation topics with fellow students, faculty, and the greater campus community. Students have the opportunity to articulate and defend a dissertation prospectus, exploring a clearly defined aspect of educational leadership.
This event encourages doctoral students to broaden their selected topic of interest through explanation and discussion of the conceptual framework, literature review, and methodology.
The Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program is designed to produce exemplary executive educational leaders for schools and community colleges. Graduates of this program are prepared to lead educational environments that promote learning, equity, and achievement for all students. This doctorate program is the result of collaboration between the College of Education and the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. Interdisciplinary expertise of the faculty enables students to examine educational issues from broad frameworks.
Three major core curricular elements form the basis of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program:
Transformational leaders understand, implement, and evaluate strategic equitable leadership practices based on various theories, models, and approaches for achieving organizational transformation, especially in educational settings. Students are skilled facilitators of the organizational transformation process by initiating, implementing, sustaining, and evaluating transformation efforts.
Critical Policy Analysis and Action
Students engage in critical analysis of policy at the local, state, national, and international levels. Specific California and federal policy environment structures and processes will be examined, particularly those impacting education. Students learn potential consequences, ethical dilemmas, social justice, and equity issues in context of public policy development.
Informed Decision Making
The ability to make effective decisions is vital to the successful performance of visionary transformational leaders. Effective and strategic decision making considers a multitude of constraints and obstacles, raw data, stakeholder perspectives, and potential consequences of decision choices. Students learn skillful decision making strategies in the context of multiple competing interests, problem situations, change, and influences of power and control.