My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: The opportunity to coach and support each student in the dissertation process. It is a privilege to walk with the student, helping each one refine and complete their individual dissertation research project, and then to see them share their knowledge and wisdom with others in the future.
When I’m not teaching, I love to: Hike in the mountains, paddleboard on a quiet lake, travel to places I haven’t been before….all with my wife and family.
In my classes, students can expect: Challenge and support: challenge to think, grow, and achieve; support and encouragement to persevere in the process.
My best advice to a new student in my program is: Embrace the process. The process of becoming a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies will challenge you intellectually and personally. Be willing to reconsider your preconceived ideas, to develop new habits in life and work, to accept the support and guidance of your faculty and peers. Trust the process and the community each step of the way.
Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Leaders who mobilize others through their organizational leadership, through their thought leadership in their fields, through vibrant faith and Christ-like character in their personal and professional relationships.
The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: The practice of leadership is grounded first and foremost in the character and identity of the leader. Yes, the development of leadership knowledge and skills is important, but without a foundation in personal and spiritual formation, effectiveness will be limited.
A quote that influences how I live is: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…” (Eph. 4:11-12)