Advancing A Community of Practice: Reflections from the Field One Year Later

  • Felice D. Billups Johnson & Wales University
  • Scott L. Borstel Johnson & Wales University
Keywords: education doctorate, CPED alignment, program redesign, organizational change

Abstract

A year after embarking on program redesign to align with CPED principles and practices, faculty from a small doctoral program at a private university assessed their work. Specific initiatives such as embedding social justice principles into program components and revising admissions strategies were largely successful. Conversely, attempts to re-conceptualize the Dissertation in Practice met with resistance from numerous stakeholders. The challenges and opportunities of substantively changing a long-standing program have affected the way this faculty work together and envision the future of their program. New approaches to collaboration, innovation, and conflict resolution, viewed from an organizational change perspective, and rooted in the program culture, resulted from their collective efforts to strengthen the education doctorate. 

Author Biographies

Felice D. Billups, Johnson & Wales University
Felice D. Billups is a Professor in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson & Wales University, in Providence, RI. She specializes in the study of higher education organizations, collegiate culture, and the application of qualitative and mixed methods research approaches. Her prior background includes nearly 30 years as a college administrator overseeing educational research, strategic planning, and institutional accreditation.
Scott L. Borstel, Johnson & Wales University
Scott L. Borstel is an Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. He has over 30 years of educational leadership experience as a school and district leader. He specializes in improving practices in the areas of teaching, learning, and leading, including curriculum development, assessment of student outcomes, strategic planning, developing leaders, and improvement coaching.
Published
2018-03-15
How to Cite
Billups, F. D., & Borstel, S. L. (2018). Advancing A Community of Practice: Reflections from the Field One Year Later. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.5195/ie.2018.56
Section
Essays