Department of Leadership Studies and Adult Education

Welcome to the Department of Leadership Studies and Adult Education (LSAD). Our master’s degree program in Adult Education prepares professionals to become leaders for adult learners in businesses, for-profit and non-profit organizations, community colleges, and four-year institutions of higher education. Our Adult Education program also prepares candidates for doctoral programs in a variety of disciplines. Additionally, we are proud that our Adult Education degree program was ranked #13 nationally by 

The Leadership Studies doctoral program is an interdisciplinary degree designed to prepare professionals to become transformative scholars in the leadership discipline. This program intentionally seeks individuals who have excelled in formal leadership positions in their respective organizations as we strive to immerse these candidates in research inquiry that studies and examines leadership theory and promising leadership practice. Alumni from this program have attained positions as college presidents, deans of Schools and Colleges at institutions of higher education, and vice-presidents of programs at Health, Non-Profit, and Business organizations. 

Both of these degree programs provide graduate candidates with numerous opportunities to engage in research efforts alongside our nationally known faculty. Our candidates are active in professional organizations, and they conduct research presentations at various local, state, and national conferences. Additionally, our candidates have opportunities to submit peer-reviewed publications in highly regarded journals. 

I encourage you to search our website to learn more about our degree programs, then, I encourage you to schedule a visit to learn more about our College of Education and our university. We anxiously await the opportunity to work with you to improve our communities!

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Department of Leadership Studies and Adult Education

 CITI Leadership Research Conference


Theme - Bridging the Generational Divide to Activism Through

 Leadership and Service  

Submission DEADLINE: September 20, 2019

Presenting at the Contemporary Issues in Transformative and Innovative (CITI) Leadership Conference provides an opportunity to share research outcomes, knowledge, and scholarly ideas.  It also allows for building a professional network with other leaders throughout the country.

The conference’s program will showcase research conducted, lessons learned, foresight or evidence of impact related to bridging the generational divide to activism through leadership and service. 

Program Tracks

We invite students, scholars, and practitioners in all disciplines to submit proposals aligned with the conference theme.

We especially invite proposals from those in the fields of Leadership, Counseling, Social Sciences, Technology, and Humanities.

Activism for this conference is defined as a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action.

Delivery Choices

Poster Presentation – Posters will be displayed during the Friday evening conference  events.  Poster presenters will stand with their posters to present to participants as they walk by.  

Thesis/Dissertation Roundtable Discussion  (Typically 50 minutes) – This session allows graduate students to flesh out a research topic idea with faculty and research staff.  

Oral Presentation (Typically 1 hour) – Oral presentations will commence as breakout sessions during the conference events on Saturday. Presentations should be engaging and/or interactive.  

Selection Process

Proposals are selected to ensure the conference offers a comprehensive, objective, and diverse program. Attention will be given to diversity of institutions/organizations, presenters, and scholarly disciplines. Proposals will be reviewed by Proposal Reviewers using the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic: Is the topic of relevance, importance, value, and/or interest to the conference theme?
  • Proposed topic coverage: Does the proposal adequately cover content related to the proposers' learning objectives or key stated outcomes?
  • Engagement strategies: Does the presenter include specific strategies relevant to event size, audience, and maturity of topic for engaging participants in the session content, and do those strategies align with the session’s learning objectives/outcomes?

Proposal Submission

All proposals should align with the conference theme. Proposals must include the following:

  • Maximum 500 word abstract
  • Name, email address, classification, institution/company affiliation, co-presenters information (if applicable)

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Tonya R. Hargett,