Antioch’s PhD in Leadership and Change program puts student learning and success center stage. We believe that students learn best when their individual interests are stimulated within learning communities composed of diverse experiences and perspectives. Deep learning in the research, theory, and practice of leading change is coupled with the development of research skills in order to engage in rigorous inquiry in the students’ areas of professional passion. As students practice the art of leading change, the application of research and theory guides their actions.
The program’s curricular pathways are marked by demonstrations of student learning coupled with face-to-face residencies and virtual learning activities between the gatherings. As students make progress, their individualized paths within the larger interdisciplinary study of leadership and change become clearer.
Engaging in change processes in workplaces and communities provides each of us with a range of experiences and challenges. These perplexing dilemmas and thorny questions become the basis for rigorous inquiry as scholar-practitioners. Familiarity with a wide range of research methods—qualitative, quantitative or mixed—enables students to identify and develop competence in many varied modes of inquiry into the perplexing issues of their professional fields. The process of real-world application of original research empowers graduates to enhance their professional practice and have the potential for generative impacts to improve their workplaces and communities.
We provide a culture of mentoring among our learning community. Students are guided and supported by all program faculty, not just one or two. Individualized advising is complemented by students’ personalized interaction with faculty as they evaluate assignments with iterative and challenging feedback.
Our program nurtures a culture of collaboration among the members of the learning community. Despite being geographically dispersed, students and faculty collaborate in learning that focuses on students’ success and achievement of individual and peer learning goals. Building a community of collaboration requires trust and intentionality. Adult learners bring a wealth of experiences and diversity of perspectives to share with each other. We believe in the power of peer learning and host venues that support peer dialogue including residencies and annual faculty-facilitated virtual proseminars. We utilize technology to do what we does best— help people stay connected when they are not co-located.
The PhD program offers a virtual platform, areas for student discussion, access to the writing center and library, one-stop student services, connection to student records and forms, and so much more. We also use Gmail, Hangouts, and even the old-fashioned telephone to maintain high-touch communication and connection between students, faculty, and staff. Time and place become factors that enrich our geographically dispersed learning community rather than inhibit it.
Staying Connected Between Residencies
In addition to on-site Residencies and strong student/faculty relationships, we will support you throughout your doctoral journey via our PhD Community site.
Your Cohort Space
In this powerful cohort model – you’ll meet routinely with your peers across the country and globe to collaborate rather than compete.
Your Professional Seminar
ProSem is a faculty-facilitated, hybrid cohort “homeroom” in which you will discuss, integrate and make meaning of your learning for each of the first three years.
Support Throughout Your Research and Inquiry
Research and inquiry sessions with highly skilled faculty at our Residencies are supplemented by a wide range of web-meeting workshops and on-line resources available 24/7.
Personalized Support for Your Writing
Enjoy one-on-one sessions, virtual workshops, editing support, and extensive writing resources to help you find your scholarly voice and improve your writing.