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Soaring Through Leadership Development, Marisela Cornejo 2019 University of San Diego

Soaring Through Leadership Development, Marisela Cornejo

M.A. in Higher Education Leadership: Action Research Projects

With an increase in the enrollment of students of color at the University of San Diego, it is important to assess their sense of belonging and leadership engagement. This study evaluates the leadership development plan established for students of color in the Student Outreach and Recruitment (SOAR) Ambassador Club. As the advisor of the SOAR Ambassador Club, I had the opportunity to conduct three Action Research cycles including a survey of the organizational climate, one-on-one interviews with current and previous advisors, and one focus group with the executive board members of the organization. The findings of this research address how ...


Evaluating The Job Performance Of Librarians In Universities In South-East, Nigeria., Obinna A. Nwokike PhD, Vincent E. Unegbu PhD 2019 Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State

Evaluating The Job Performance Of Librarians In Universities In South-East, Nigeria., Obinna A. Nwokike Phd, Vincent E. Unegbu Phd

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Job performance consists of a set of employees’ behaviours that are perceived to be in agreement with organizational goals that can be measured, monitored and assessed as an achievement at an individual level. The librarian’s job performance is that aspect of work behaviour that is of relevance to the library’s success. This paper presents findings from a self-rating questionnaire on the levels of job performance of librarians in universities in one region of Nigeria. The study was carried out using a cross-sectional survey design to collect data from 210 respondents in 21 universities based on total enumeration. Data ...


Culture In Mind: Fostering A Sense Of Belonging For Students Of Color In Wellness-Affiliated Spaces, Mandy Mekhail 2019 University of San Diego

Culture In Mind: Fostering A Sense Of Belonging For Students Of Color In Wellness-Affiliated Spaces, Mandy Mekhail

M.A. in Higher Education Leadership: Action Research Projects

The purpose of this study was to bridge the gap between students of color and mental health resources at a predominantly white institution. Previous research demonstrates that negative mental health outcomes are positively correlated with students who feel a lack of belonging while on campus. These negative outcomes are felt more pronouncedly by students of color. Furthermore, students of color are shown to underutilize mental health resources relative to their white-identifying peers. Utilizing my positionality as a person of color working within a wellness office, I worked with students of color, wellness professionals, and multicultural professionals to ask what more ...


A Student’S Journey To Career Readiness: Maximizing On-Campus Employment, Daniela Saldana Gurgol 2019 University of San Diego

A Student’S Journey To Career Readiness: Maximizing On-Campus Employment, Daniela Saldana Gurgol

M.A. in Higher Education Leadership: Action Research Projects

The purpose of this research was to improve my capacity as a supervisor in building career readiness. I used a total of three action research cycles utilizing qualitative methods only. The research participants included professional staff, graduate assistants and part-time student employees within the University of San Diego. The findings of this research provide insights into the lived experiences of student employees, the tactics used by supervisors to develop career readiness and the institutional initiatives to maximize student employment. The primary research question guiding this report is: How can I as a supervisor develop career readiness for undergraduate student employees ...


A Collaborative Approach Toward Onboarding For Graduate And Law Students, Yuri Kwak 2019 University of San Diego

A Collaborative Approach Toward Onboarding For Graduate And Law Students, Yuri Kwak

M.A. in Higher Education Leadership: Action Research Projects

The purpose of this action research was to examine the silo effect across schools when onboarding graduate and law students to the University of San Diego. My research question was, how can I collaborate with students and administrators in enhancing the onboarding experience to foster a sense of community for graduate and law students across campus? By evaluating administrators’ practices and graduate and law students’ experiences, I found that creating a culture of communication among administrators and involving graduate student leaders are key steps toward standardizing onboarding processes and designing opportunities for engagement among all incoming graduate and law students.


The Impact Of Hypermasculinity On Students' Development In Fraternity Organizations, Cristian McGough 2019 University of San Diego

The Impact Of Hypermasculinity On Students' Development In Fraternity Organizations, Cristian Mcgough

M.A. in Higher Education Leadership: Action Research Projects

The purpose of my study was to explore the concept of hypermasculinity in fraternal organizations and how that may affect students’ personal development during their collegiate years. My research question was, how can I work with fraternity students to understand what contributes to hypermasculinity and provide support that will better promote an inclusive masculine culture? My findings indicate that certain environments in fraternity organizations promote hypermasculinity traits and that students on the executive board of the Interfraternity Council are seeking spaces to have dialogue about their experiences to challenge the norms of fraternity organizations.


Strengths So White: Interrogating Strengthsquest Education Through A Critical Whiteness Lens, Nicholas Tapia-Fuselier, Lauren Irwin 2019 University of North Texas

Strengths So White: Interrogating Strengthsquest Education Through A Critical Whiteness Lens, Nicholas Tapia-Fuselier, Lauren Irwin

Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs

Many college student leadership programs utilize StrengthsQuest as a tool for individual and group development. Although StrengthsQuest is touted as a universal tool to help all individuals leverage their strengths in varied settings, the authors are critical of both the tool itself and the ways educators utilize StrengthsQuest. This paper employs tenets of critical whiteness theory, including color evasiveness, normalization, and solipsism, to deconstruct StrengthsQuest within the context of leadership education. Additionally, the authors offer possibilities for reimagining StrengthsQuest education in ways that center inclusion and justice. Finally, strategies for critical leadership educators are discussed.


Support Services For Formerly Incarcerated Students, Janelle Brown-Peters 2019 University of San Diego

Support Services For Formerly Incarcerated Students, Janelle Brown-Peters

M.A. in Higher Education Leadership: Action Research Projects

The purpose of my study was to improve and/or create support services for formerly incarcerated students at the University of San Diego. I sought to discover first if there were any existing support services available for these students at USD. I also sought to discover what kinds of support services existed at other local colleges and universities in order to compare and contrast with USD. Through 1:1 interviews, surveys, focus groups, and community restorative justice organizations, I learned that USD was one of the only higher education campuses in San Diego not currently providing support services for this ...


The Integration Process Of United States Veterans At The University Of San Diego, Emily Duncan 2019 University of San Diego

The Integration Process Of United States Veterans At The University Of San Diego, Emily Duncan

M.A. in Leadership Studies: Capstone Project Papers

This exploratory research design aims to examine the integration process of United States veterans at the University of San Diego. Besides creating a more comprehensive knowledge base on the subject, the purpose of the paper is to be a resource for universities who are striving to better their veteran programs. This paper can be utilized to help make the process of integrating veteran college students more fluid. The paper examines common and emerging themes compiled from a series of qualitative interviews with the target population. This paper hopes to help create a path by continuing the conversation about the journey ...


The Role Of For-Profit Educational Leadership Styles In Creating Shared Values, Diyang Yu 2019 University of San Diego

The Role Of For-Profit Educational Leadership Styles In Creating Shared Values, Diyang Yu

M.A. in Leadership Studies: Capstone Project Papers

Based on previous studies that assert that for-profit organizations have the capacity to create value in education, I assume that the private educational sector can take on a great role in advancing educational outcomes. This study explores assumptions about organizational culture and adaptive leadership styles as a basis for creating shared value (CSV) in the education for-profit sector. Through integrating educational leadership theories and leadership characteristics in CSV practices, the adaptive leadership characteristics appeared in this study present the values and assumptions for leaders. Based on this concept, the study generates some common factors from adaptive organizational culture and the ...


The Correlation Between Online Marketing Strategies And Fundraising Performance Of Nonprofit Organizations, Goran Orucevic 2019 University of San Diego

The Correlation Between Online Marketing Strategies And Fundraising Performance Of Nonprofit Organizations, Goran Orucevic

M.A. in Leadership Studies: Capstone Project Papers

Through primary and secondary data collection, this research explores the correlation between online marketing strategies and fundraising performance of small nonprofits. The purpose of this research was to identify the needs and challenges of small nonprofit organizations' marketing departments, in order to create a new marketing strategy that would help them reach their goals. The study identified several problems which small nonprofits commonly face. As a result, a new Influencer Marketing Platform has been designed, with an intent to solve the issues of volunteer based or part-time marketing staff, the lack of budgets for promotional campaigns, and the inability to ...


Nudge Or Puppet? Decision-Making, Ethics, And Leadership In The Information Age, Yihe Yang 2019 University of San Diego

Nudge Or Puppet? Decision-Making, Ethics, And Leadership In The Information Age, Yihe Yang

M.A. in Leadership Studies: Capstone Project Papers

In the past two decades, algorithm-based information technology has provided great convenience and a strong theoretical foundation for organizational leadership decision-making, since the analysis of contextual information from data analysis and mathematical models enhances decision-makers’ judgments. However, improper use and insufficient understanding of information technology also bring negative results throughout the practical application. To eliminate adverse effects, organization leader requires rigorous ethical demands. A case study for IBM and literature review constituted the paper’s methodology, analyzed through the East-West decision theory, the duality of information technology, and the ancient Chinese ethics. Also, the leadership ethics and the adaptive leadership ...


Developing Leaders In Schools: Unique Servant Leadership Youth Development Curriculum, Aarti B. Patel 2019 University of San Diego

Developing Leaders In Schools: Unique Servant Leadership Youth Development Curriculum, Aarti B. Patel

M.A. in Leadership Studies: Capstone Project Papers

Nelson Mandela proclaimed, “The youth of today is the future of tomorrow.” It is the responsibility of the current leadership in place to educate the youth in order to prepare them to be successful leaders for the future. All individuals possess leadership capabilities. Most of the time these leadership characteristics that reside within a person remain dormant due to the fact that it was never cultivated as a child. It is imperative to awaken the leadership potential in our youth today in order to prepare them for their future that lays ahead. This paper explores the effectiveness of teaching leadership ...


A Narrative Inquiry With Three Formerly Abrasive Leaders: Stories Of Disruption, Awakening, And Equipping, Lori J. Tucker 2019 Abilene Christian University

A Narrative Inquiry With Three Formerly Abrasive Leaders: Stories Of Disruption, Awakening, And Equipping, Lori J. Tucker

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Psychological aggression in the workplace is known to be destructive. Most commonly, knowledge of this workplace dynamic is through the literature of workplace bullying or abusive supervision and from the perspective of the accuser. Very little is known of the perspective of the accused. Moreover, unknown in the literature is the valued perspective of the leader who (a) acknowledged his or her behavior was inappropriate and (b) significantly improved his or her interpersonal behavior and management strategies. The purpose of this study was to inquire into the experience and meaning making of three formerly abrasive leaders who were positively influenced ...


Women Not Welcome: A Study Of Gender Inequality And Leadership In Stem, Stephanie Eikermann 2019 University of San Diego

Women Not Welcome: A Study Of Gender Inequality And Leadership In Stem, Stephanie Eikermann

M.A. in Leadership Studies: Capstone Project Papers

Despite societal advancements in gender equality within the workplace, the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields continue to be male-dominated today. Not only is there a disparity between women and men in these workplaces, women have been made to feel unwelcome in the STEM industries by the masculinized culture that characterizes these companies and organizations. This masculinized culture brings negative gender ideologies about the female gender which includes stereotypes that doubt the competence and abilities of women. When this masculinized culture is threatened by the presence of women, male employees have the tendency to respond emotionally in ways that alienate ...


Sexual Violence Prevention Programming For Collegiate Athletes: A Behavior Change Approach To Prevention, Amy Kame 2019 University of San Diego

Sexual Violence Prevention Programming For Collegiate Athletes: A Behavior Change Approach To Prevention, Amy Kame

M.A. in Leadership Studies: Capstone Project Papers

Sexual violence is a pressing issue on college campuses. Evaluations of prevention programming on college campuses have shown to increase knowledge about sexual assault and increase the use of resources on campus, but current programming has been unsuccessful in reducing violent behavior. Male student-athletes are found to be incorporated in an extensive amount of sexual assault complaints and specialized prevention programming for this population does not exist. An examination of the literature on effective prevention strategies show that dosage, timing and sociocultural relevance has been found necessary for behavior change. Effective prevention techniques are used in accordance with specific frameworks ...


Mindful Facilitation - Designing A Workshop Linking Transformative Leadership Theory To Facilitation Techniques To Increase Facilitator Confidence, Cristina Schaffer 2019 University of San Diego

Mindful Facilitation - Designing A Workshop Linking Transformative Leadership Theory To Facilitation Techniques To Increase Facilitator Confidence, Cristina Schaffer

M.A. in Leadership Studies: Capstone Project Papers

Facilitation skills have value in any setting where one seeks to persuade others, obtain deeper interaction in meetings, encourage or motivate others, make a lasting impact, and energize others. “Mindful Facilitation” integrates the ability to bring mindfulness, empathy, and connection to facilitation practice. This paper presents an applied project in creating a workshop developed to link adaptive leadership theories with the best practices of successful facilitation with the intent of raising facilitator confidence. The results show that confidence levels are raised when workshop participants learn facilitation skills that are rooted in mindfulness.


Perceived Supervisor Accessibility And Its Effects On Authentic Leadership, Kasey Gallant 2019 University of Southern Maine

Perceived Supervisor Accessibility And Its Effects On Authentic Leadership, Kasey Gallant

All Theses & Dissertations

As technology develops, professionals will have a greater opportunity to work remotely; often using multiple modes of technology to attend meetings, workshops and communicate with colleagues and superiors. The present study explores leader accessibility as it is experienced by remotely located employees verses on-site employees, in relation to their direct supervisor’s perceived Authentic leadership.


Workplace Incivility: A Quantitative Study Of Public University Staff Member Experiences In The Northeast, Tracy M. St. Pierre 2019 University of Southern Maine

Workplace Incivility: A Quantitative Study Of Public University Staff Member Experiences In The Northeast, Tracy M. St. Pierre

All Theses & Dissertations

Workplace incivility is a construct similar to sexual harassment or bullying in that it is unwanted behavior and can cause negative emotions for those who experience it. However, it lacks the clear definition and legal repercussions that have been established for sexual harassment and bullying.


Virtual International Leadership Within Organizations Overcoming Cultural, Language, And Physical Barriers, Jaye Mendros Goulet 2019 University of Southern Maine

Virtual International Leadership Within Organizations Overcoming Cultural, Language, And Physical Barriers, Jaye Mendros Goulet

All Theses & Dissertations

Advances in technology are allowing members of a team to collaborate while being geographically and spatially apart. These new teams, known as virtual teams, have benefits for both the organizations to which they belong and to the individual members.


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