This course is a new offering in our program; it is intended to afford students the opportunity to delve deeper into the realms of leadership and organizational studies. While direct applications to higher education can and should be made, the broader foundation for this course is a global field of study called Positive Organizational Scholarship. Scholars in this field examine people, groups, and organizations when they are operating at their very best, or as we like to say, flourishing. Their findings indicate how to move systems from normal to extraordinary functioning with extraordinary results. Students will expand their knowledge of leadership and organizations and will be challenged to incorporate aspects of Positive Organizational Scholarship in their own lives as well as current and future organizational settings.
As a capstone course, this course is intended to provide integration, cohesion, and summary to the entire course of study. We will revisit and reflect upon the foundational hopes of the program for student learning. Likewise, students will complete a culminating project that illustrates their interests, knowledge, and proficiencies within the field of higher education.
This course will explore the complex issues facing university and college professionals when addressing diversity and multiculturalism. We will examine the development of dominant and dominated cultures in the United States and how an increased understanding in these regards might shape how higher education professionals do their work. A Christian perspective will ground and shape the dialogue with special attention to how Christians have attempted to address issues of diversity in the past. Distinctions will be made between individual and institutional diversity challenges, and specific policies in various areas of the academy will be examined. Specific attention will be given to dialogue on issues of gender, class, race and religious affiliation.
This course is designed to introduce students to what might be called the worldviews that shape and have shaped the academy. More specifically, students will uncover and analyze underlying assumptions, perspectives, and practices that are present in American higher education historically and presently. Students will also be introduced to a biblical worldview as a framework for examining other worldviews that are currently operating in the American academy
This course explores the major philosophic systems that have functioned as foundations for Western higher education, and investigates the interplay of theories of knowing and models of learning in the context of higher education. In either case, it pays special attention to the use of Biblical categories to analyze and to direct the discussion toward the development of normative and practical alternatives for higher education.
This course provides a general overview of the historical development of American colleges and universities, beginning with the colonial period and continuing through the current scene. The course will also explore the interplay of Christian faith with the historical development of American higher education.
This course examines literature and research on leadership planning and practice in American colleges and universities, particularly in the context of addressing macro (societal) and micro (organizational) change effectively. In so doing, the attempt will be made to evaluate ways in which a Christian perspective may provide understanding, critique and direction to academic leadership in response to changing landscapes.
Higher education professionals are educators. Sometimes education occurs formally in a classroom context but just as often it occurs in the residence hall, on the athletic field, in chapel, during an advising session, or in a leadership workshop. This course provides an overview of basic principles of teaching and learning, applying them to both academic course design as well as experiential learning contexts. Together, we’ll consider the question “what is good teaching?” and what the Christian faith has to offer this discussion.
This course is intended to provide an introduction to various research design and methodology skills that are relevant to educational research. We will also examine the nature of the research process as well as the roles of researcher. Our hope is that students will become both more proficient and more accustomed to understanding, valuing, and interpreting educational research as well as designing, conducting and presenting effective research.
This course examines the development of residence life in American higher education. It will explore theoretical issues such as residence life as education, as well as more functional issues such as staffing and supervision, program development and assessment, architectural design, and addressing relevant personal and structural problems. The course emphasizes translating theoretical understanding into practical initiatives to enhance student learning.