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About the Program
ACU’s online Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership is designed to equip leaders to make a difference in their workplaces, schools and communities – all while continuing to work. That’s the asynchronous learning environment an online Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program gives you.
All the Details on Your Degree
Our program is organized around five core competencies: personal development, positive leadership development, collaboration and communication, organizational assessment, and organizational culture. Upon completing the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program, you will know not only how to lead, but how to lead with purpose based upon the foundation of Christian vocation.
Learning with Emerging Technologies
3-5 year timeframe
Leading Organizational Change
Introduction to Doctoral Study
Self-Assessment in Leadership
Applied Research Problems and Literature
Upcoming Start Dates
October 19, 2021
January 11, 2022
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Karen Maxwell, Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership
Dr. Karen Maxwell is associate professor and program director for the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Education Specialist in Organizational Leadership programs. A majority of Dr. Maxwell’s leadership experience has been in public and private K-12 settings at the campus, regional, and state levels. She served on the statewide teacher appraisal advisory committee and most recently, on the Texas Education Agency’s team to develop Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL), an instructional leadership program required for Texas teacher evaluators and school principals. Dr. Maxwell earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, where she researched principal assessment programs and campus leadership practices. She holds master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and a B.A. in English from Abilene Christian University.
Student Spotlight: Kimberly Parrott, Ed.D.
Kimberly Parrott, online Ed.D. student says, “A lot of times when people think of these online experiences, they think it’s technical and that they won’t receive the same connection and support, but ACU has gone above and beyond to let you know there is someone there for you to answer your questions and be heard.” Read our latest blog to learn how her time as a Wildcat has changed her perspective on the field of education and the practical takeaways she has gained.
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer Butcher
Meet Dr. Jennifer Butcher, Director of Diversity and Professor in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program! She has a passion for online learning and infusing a Christian worldview into her work. Read more to learn more about Dr. Butcher’s journey to ACU Online.
The 5 Traits of Positive Leadership to Master
Do you want to take your leadership skills even further? Here are five skill areas where you need to focus your attention to achieve personal and professional success.
Student Spotlight: Daniel Soliz, Ed.D.
As he said himself, “the most dangerous student is one without a vision,” but that wasn’t the case for this ACU alum. Daniel Soliz, Ed.D. went from a first-generation college student to earning his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from ACU at just 26. Check out his story to learn more about how he’s dedicating his life to being a champion for students just like him.
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership Overview
Hear from Dr. Brian Cole, a faculty member in the School of Organizational Leadership and associate professor in the online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership program. He’ll speak about what you can expect to learn, what your average week will look like, and what sets our EdD apart from others.
The Difference Between Transactional and Transformational Leadership
Transactional and transformational practices lie at separate ends of the leadership spectrum, but both are applicable to today’s business environment. Read on to learn the differences between these styles and how they are practiced in the workplace.