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

Felice D. Billups, Scott L. Borstel


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. 


education doctorate, CPED alignment, program redesign, organizational change

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