Laurien Alexandre, Ph.D., Executive Director of the PhD in Leadership and Change Program and Special Assistant to the Chancellor
Dr. Alexandre first came to Antioch University in 1991 as the Dean of Academic Affairs for the two Southern California campuses. In that capacity, she participated in a number of university-wide innovation initiatives, one of which seeded the initial concept for the Ph.D. in Leadership and Change Program. In 1999, Laurien took a re-assignment with the university to head the design and implementation of the new Program. With the founding of that Program Dr. Alexandre served in the dual role of Dean of University-wide Programs and the Director and professor of the University’s Ph.D. in Leadership and Change.
In 2006, Laurien accepted the promotion to Vice Chancellor of University Academic Affairs, while retaining her role with the Ph.D. program. After six wonderful years, she chose to step down from the Vice Chancellor position in order to spend more time with the PhD in Leadership and Change Program and its many exciting opportunities for growth. She also accepted the position of Special Assistant to the Chancellor.
During her over 30 years in higher education, Laurien has served in leadership roles at Antioch University as well as the Immaculate Heart College Center, an ecumenical institute devoted to research and training on peace and justice concerns, where she directed a teaching training (K-16) program on international and multicultural classrooms. She also taught for over 10 years at California State University, Northridge, in the Department of Mass Communications/Journalism where her focus was on graduate courses in media analysis.
Education and Research
Dr. Alexandre received her Ph.D. in Comparative Culture from the University of California, Irvine in 1984. She has a MA in Comparative Culture as well, and also a MA in Media Studies from California State University Northridge. Laurien has long been committed to interdisciplinary inquiry, especially in her teaching and writing on media and gender issues. She has published several books and a wide range of articles on the media for both academic and popular audiences, and she has also translated several scholarly books from Spanish to English. Of late, Dr. Alexandre has focused her writing and presentations on higher education change and the importance of relational practice in leadership.