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Dr. Nancy Kucinski, Tammie Coffman, Representative Susan King, Lindsey Koch, Rose Burks
Back row: Katie Jones, Lisa Van Cleave, Anna Wills
Hardin-Simmons University Doctorate in Leadership students have recently returned from a week-long summer residency in Austin.
The cohorts met with State Representative Susan King to discuss leadership issues and participate in the Organizational Leadership course taught by Dr. Nancy Kucinski, HSU dean of graduate studies, professor of management, and program director for the Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship in Austin.
Kucinski says, “This course provided students with the opportunity to explore the dynamics of leading organizations. Students participated in a virtual simulation, a case study discussion and they read a variety of books with practical applications for leaders.”
“These summer residencies are an essential part of the doctoral program as we seek to merge the academy with the community,” says Dr. Mary Christopher, program director of the Doctor of Education degree in leadership, professor of educational studies, and associate dean of the Irvin School of Education at HSU. “By merging academy with community, the Doctorate in Leadership program combines the theoretical and research background with the practical aspects of leadership,” says Christopher.
HSU is one of many universities across the nation responding to a global call for graduate level studies.
Lindsey Koch, one of the residency participants, earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising, with a minor in leadership from HSU. She currently lives in Victoria, Texas, and works at the University of Houston, but has taken on the task of earning the doctoral degree at Hardin-Simmons University.
She is part of a growing number of aspiring administrators who want to be globally competitive, enrolling in the new-age style program that designates leadership as a field of study.
Lisa Van Cleave, one of the students studying in Austin this summer, describes the entire experience as transformational, personally and professionally.
“’Life-changing’ and ‘valuable pearls of wisdom’ are adjectives I would use to describe our experience (during the residency in Austin),” says Van Cleave, an assistant professor of nursing at HSU’s Patty
Hanks Shelton School of Nursing.
Students also spent part of their time interviewing leaders of professional organizations around Austin and analyzing those interview results. This fall semester, the students will take a qualitative research course which will include further analysis of this interview data the students collected.