The Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology is a community
of scholars focusing on the preparation and support of leaders and researchers in
Florida, the nation, and the international community.
Our values represent what we collectively stand for and reflect how we aspire to
execute our responsibilities on a daily basis. These values provide guidance with
regard to the practices that will assist us in moving toward our individual and
As educational leaders, we believe that leaders who possess a world view make a
significant difference in their own performance and that of their organizations
when that view is applied locally to shape policy, programs, and practice. We will
strive to prepare and support educational leaders who: (a) create dynamic learning
environments where people engage in ongoing reflective and critical self -inquiry
as a prelude to action; (b) recognize that educational leadership is a transformative
and political process to bring about positive change; (c) create high-performing,
results-oriented organizations; and (d) engage their organizations and communities
in the pursuit of a better world.
- Research and Scholarship
As a community of scholars, we value the discovery, investigation and application
of research methodologies, traditional and innovative. We support student and faculty
inquiry: rigorous interdisciplinary research leading to theory-building and enhancement
of teaching, learning, and the practice of leadership. We will foster engagement
with schools, colleges and universities, governmental and community organizations,
public and private.
- Social Responsibility
As ethical and informed leaders, we value leadership that is socially responsible,
upholds high ethical standards, and embraces diversity of ideas and individuals.
We believe in creating a collegial community where all members are expected to treat
each individual with civility, empathy, respect, fairness, and forthrightness. We
believe that our purpose is to prepare aspiring leaders to create a healthy, sustainable
and regenerative society for present and future generations.
- Learning Community
As a community of learners, we believe that lifelong learning for faculty and students
is the basic foundation for and the essential outcome of our Educational Leadership
program. We will strive to preserve and strengthen an equitable, stimulating, and
productive learning community in which faculty and students collaboratively engage
in active learning and inquiry and invest in one another's growth and development.
We will seek to prepare educational leaders who are skilled in developing vigorous
learning communities in their workplaces.
Our values lead the way … To distinctively impact our faculty, students, communities,
and educational policy, practice, and research.
This set of flexible priorities describes the targeted areas that
the Department will address to accomplish the aspiration/mission over the next 3-5
- Develop and deliver curricula and learning experiences that incorporate multi-dimensional
and diverse perspectives.
- Produce interdisciplinary research and research-based models that can be used to
improve socially responsible leadership and research practice.
- Create opportunities to unite and celebrate the distinctive work of our faculty,
students, alumni, and partners.
- Cultivate alliances both within the university and with schools, colleges and universities,
governmental and community organizations, public and private.
- Develop and sustain a collegial community of scholars where all members treat each
individual with civility, compassion, and forthrightness.
- Educate aspiring and practicing leaders to be skilled at developing vigorous learning
communities in their workplaces.
- Foster ongoing professional growth and development of our faculty and staff.