The program commences with the Summer Institute, a two-week, all-day
seminar of study, which is held at Stritch's main campus in Milwaukee.
This summer curriculum sequence is comprised of a Leadership in Learning
and Service Institute throughout this three year program. Each
institute provides focused seminar study of current leadership research,
theory and practice. Introductory seminars to the doctoral study and
research are integrated into a conference-style atmosphere with numerous
speakers, facilitators, and workshops on cutting-edge topics in
leadership, learning and service.
Fall/Spring Weekend Seminar
The fall/spring weekend seminar meets at the candidate's choice of either Cardinal Stritch University City Center in downtown Milwaukee or the Robert Morris University campus located in downtown Chicago. The curriculum sequence provides a six semester series of weekend academic seminars supplemented by study team sessions. Classes in Milwaukee meet one weekend per month during the fall and spring semesters: Fridays 4-8 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Classes in Chicago meet two Saturdays per month during the fall and spring semesters, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The academic seminars engage directed study of leadership, learning, service and research. The learning team sessions provide for completion of academic seminar assignments and continuing exploration of leadership study.
Students enroll in a cohort group with approximately 24 members. Each
cohort group begins with an introductory seminar. Members of the cohort
group support and challenge one another to accomplish goals, study
together, collaborate on projects, and teach each other what they learn
about leadership through community service and individualized study.
Each cohort is composed of study teams of three to five students. The
study team is responsible for meeting together in a location and time
apart from the regularly scheduled seminar meetings. For each seminar,
the study team supports individual member’s exploration of leadership
theory and influences through readings, experiences, case studies and
models. The study team will set its own agenda that meets the needs of
its members, documents activities, shares its findings in a seminar
session, and evaluates its effectiveness as a model of a learning
The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and
Service employs a unique program through the support of a community
mentor during students' doctoral studies. The doctoral student will
collaborate to select a community mentor who also reflects the student’s
background, interests, and goals. The mentor serves as an external
support and advisor who is grounded in the real world of leadership,
learning, and service. Mentors have a wealth of knowledge and experience
that can be shared with the doctoral student.
Enrollment in the doctoral program requires competence in the use of
electronic media to facilitate efficient and environmentally conscious
communications among constituents, regardless of locations. Students
will be expected to have access to a personal computer for email, word
processing, spreadsheets, graphic displays, and the use of the Internet
for research and networking.