Approximately 140 current students have gathered on the main
campus to participate in the annual doctoral summer institute.
This 15-day session, which began May 31 and continues on
various dates through June 25, is intended for all current doctoral
students. Alumni and students who need to
complete their dissertation can also participate. Over the course of the institute, 12 different
classes are offered and each student receives 7 credits.
“The overall goals are to learn more about leadership, learning,
service, and research, as well as learning new or cutting edge approaches to
leadership,” said Dr. Peter Jonas, chair of the doctoral program.
Outside speakers comprise approximately half of the summer
institute, with regular courses and small group sessions comprising the other half. This year, the institute involves
approximately 15 speakers, including Dr. Rita Olson, superintendent of schools
at the South Milwaukee School District and a 2008 graduate of the doctoral
“The outside speakers
are vital to the learning process,” he said. “We include individuals that have
written books or run an organization. We
also include individuals from the Milwaukee area, state, national, and even
with international expertise.”
A key assignment for the students is to listen to the
speakers and then write a research paper that synthesizes the material and
concludes with lessons learned that are connected to the main goals of the
“The speakers all have research-based ideas or practical
applications related to leadership, learning, or service, and the speakers need
to have something unique or cutting edge,” he said.