Leadership knowledge and development, applicable to both instructional and management aspects of higher education institutions, is the focus of this program in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University. Higher education faculty who have not yet obtained a terminal degree, as well as those working in student services or other administrative areas within universities, community colleges or other institutions focused on adult learning, will be well served by this program.
Of the doctoral students already admitted to this program, approximately half are existing faculty, currently teaching in a wide range of disciplines (e.g., engineering, business, nursing, social work, criminal justice, hospitality). Most plan to remain faculty members upon completion of their doctorate, but some are looking to become department chairs or deans. The other 50 percent come from the student services or other administrative areas, such as extended university programs, housing, human resources, information technology services, library, purchasing and student affairs.
Many plan to stay or advance within the administrative side of higher education, but to also perhaps serve as adjunct faculty. Only a few students are not working within higher education institutions but are instead involved in training or other adult learning activities.
Please note that this concentration should not be viewed as a means to acquire a faculty position within higher education. Most universities hire faculty with a doctorate in the subject area they will be teaching in.