Launching an EdD in Community College Leadership Program with Activism in Mind

  • Christine Harrington New Jersey City University
  • John Melendez New Jersey City University
Keywords: activism, community college leadership, social justice, equity, program design

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to share an example of how an activism framework was used to design and launch a new EdD in Community College Leadership. Capper, Theoharis, and Sebastian’s (2006) framework for preparing leaders for social justice along with the Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate’s (CPED) guiding principles and the American Association of Community College’s ([AACC], 2018) competencies for community college leaders guided program design and implementation. Marketing and recruiting efforts aimed at identifying a talented, diverse cohort and on-boarding strategies focused on creating a safe learning environment and a sense of urgency related to social justice and equity are shared. Examples of how activism is being emphasized through coursework and plans to nurture activism through experiential learning and the dissertation are also discussed. Doctoral programs seeking to promote activism will discover an effective framework and practical examples for this work.

Author Biographies

Christine Harrington, New Jersey City University
Christine Harrington is an Associate Professor and Co-Coordinator of the Ed.D. in Community College Leadership program at New Jersey Cty University.
John Melendez, New Jersey City University
Professor and Co-coordinator of the Ed.D. in Community College Leadership program at New Jersey City University.

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Published
2020-07-17
How to Cite
Harrington, C., & Melendez, J. (2020). Launching an EdD in Community College Leadership Program with Activism in Mind. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 5(2), 11–19. https://doi.org/10.5195/ie.2020.114