Mission Statement: We prepare compassionate and competent professionals who transform schools and human service organizations in to high achieving, inclusive, continuous learning communities.
Our mission aligns with the University's Strategic Signature emphasis on Human Communities.
Strategic Signature Area - Human Communities
Exploring, representing, performing and communicating human life lies at the heart of the humanities and arts. Throughout time, the arts and humanities have fueled the human spirit, defining what it means to be human. Social scientists can provide theoretical frameworks, methodologies, and research skills to study and improve the human condition. Collaboratively, the humanities, arts, and social sciences bring a unique set of knowledge and methods to understanding human nature, human experience, how people create, and what it means to be human in relation to each other and the environment.
The approaches in the humanities, arts, and social sciences have important implications for understanding any problem that involves how humans behave, how they interact, how they pursue a quality of life, and how they create and change over time. The goal of this signature area is to encourage scholars to work collaboratively towards the study, improvement, and celebration of human communities.
Example, in the preparation of school administrators, counselors, rehabilitation counselors, and organizational leaders, we help define “what it means to be human” via course work and research in ethics, social justice, multiculturalism, personal development, and leadership.
The Leadership and Counseling faculty could be called “social science” researchers and the overall publication record of our faculty is impressive in qualitative research which “studies and improves” the human condition.
A few recent examples:
- Michael Kroth’s book on the mobile workforce;
- Kathy Canfield-Davis’ research on women’s rights and community activism against hate speech;
- Mary Gardiner’s research on multicultural leadership aimed at reducing Latino dropout;
- Linda Taylor’s research on gifted education;
- Susan Stuntzner’s new book contract on “living with disabilities”;
- Penny Tenuto’s emerging research on transformational leadership applying Native American beliefs;
- Steve Duvall’s study of home schooling standards;
Leadership and Counseling teaching and research focus in all about the human experience and how people create personal and organization environments which advance the human condition and improve quality of life over time. The doctoral studies in AOLL and Educational Leadership focus on the Human Communities agenda, with recent dissertations in servant leadership, the impact of multicultural studies on leadership decision making; the influence of informal groups on organizational behavior and success; the importance of standards of conduct for policy makers; and the value of outreach to rural student college enrollment decisions.