Workshops and Speaker Series

Center for Leadership Studies and Organizational Research

Rodney Luster, Ph.D. (Research Chair), Erik Bean, Ed.D. (Associate University Research Chair), and Mark McCaslin, Ph.D.(Associate University Research Chair)

July 10, 2020  End of Summer August PEP Workshop Announced

Looking to get professionally published in your field aside from your doctorate? Partake in the Professional Engagement to Publication (PEP) workshop. Learn how to find and best communicate with reputable trade and mass media opportunities for your writing. Discover how trades and mass media differ from peer reviewed academic journals and how they can benefit your career. **New for this Webinar: Learn How to Self Publish Books as an Indie Author**  Center for Leadership Studies and Organizational Research (CLSOR) Chair Erik Bean, Ed.D. will guide you along the journey and assign you ways to match your Subject Matter Expertise (SME) with potential markets as well as network with other webinar participants. The Workshop is 7 to 8 p.m., EDT.  All UOPX affiliates are welcome.  For login information, email your current affiliation with UOPX to

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2020 7 TO 8 P.M. EDT

June 19th, 2020 COVID-19 Update!

As the business of research and scholarship continues amidst the pandemic we look forward to the 2020 University of Phoenix Knowledge Without Boundaries (KWB) Virtual Summit, August 6th, 7th, and 8th. The deadline to submit is June 30th. Submit your current research work, best business or classroom practice, or conceptual piece and build scholarly notoriety if your proposal is selected based on its merit. In the next couple of weeks we will be announcing a rigorous opportunity to be part of a fundraising scholarship/research study team. The preliminary name of this program is dubbed Funding Research Pods. Here you can have the opportunity to compete for a limited amount of guaranteed seed funding as a research team. The goal, to submit your final proposal for competitive funding sources as a unit. To help offset time and effort, each team selected will receive an initial fund to bolster the rigor and time needed to prepare. Stay tuned for further announcements and updates and a fast-track application process to potentially get you and your team up and running. This project will be open until a suitable amount of teams have formed and have presented a rigorous project that imbues immediacy and is tied to current literature and that can be carried out via pandemic proof research methods as well as IRB and COR approval. Studies may involve pandemic samples and may use a variety of methodologies to obtain the results for publication. 

March 19th, 2020 COVID-19 Update!

As leadership is studied and examined from a variety of perspectives we surmise its definition and its use will be highly scrutinized among the national conversation and real dangers posed by government, business, education, and individuals so dramatically affected. Our platform mostly delivered virtually continues as it always has, with rigor and poise to continue assisting those who are conducting a variety of studies. We hope everyone is doing what they can to practice social distancing, heeding the requirements of quarantining, and working to stabilize, as best they can, their livelihood. If you have an immediate concern or just want to share with our center how the outbreak has affected your work, please feel free to do so in confidence by emailing us at

Thank you for all you do to advance leadership!  Stay safe.

Erik Bean, Ed.D.
Associate University Research Chair
Center for Leadership Studies and 
Organizational Research (CLSOR)
-- March 19, 2020


February 25th, 2020 CLSOR Update!

The Center for Leadership Studies and Organizational Research (CLSOR) is working on a number of research projects, grant applications, and entrepreneurial efforts that complement the mission of University of Phoenix and the Research Hub. Throughout the spring and summer, we will be providing periodic news updates for more details and contact information. Below are highlights of the projects with ongoing and significant community and scholarly impact:


Economic Impact of Farmer's market on the DC Metro region. -- Brian Sloboda

A convergence of income rates in Pennsylvania counties. -- Sloboda

Presidential election model of 2016. -- Sloboda

Association for Talent Development collaboration. Competency based models – LauraAnn Migliore & Rodney Luster

Bosch: Productive gains working with doctoral students, Luster, Sue Weston

Professional Development Initiative Research using action research, Luster, Mark McCaslin

Teacher Leaders Testing a web application TESS to foster teacher archetypes, Luster, Erik Bean, Mansureh Kebritchi (Tentative)

Impact of Distractions on Decision Making. Grounded Theory. TBD  Contact CLSOR if interested.

Leadership and Dispositional Mindfulness Research Project – Norris Krueger, Luster, Bean

Effective Leadership for the 21st Century: Emotional Intelligence Vs. Artificial Intelligence – Debra Sandberg

Leadership Perspectives Section – Journal of Leadership Studies. – Bean

2020 Accepted Articles slated for May publication include Leadership lessons learning during an accreditation journey by Dr. Sapna Thwaite, University of Michigan Flint. A second article entering the editing state is entitled Improving leader effectiveness across multi-generational workforces by Neil Grunberg, et. al. from Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. an entrepreneurial publishing effort. Learn your ability to successfully govern with disciplined, rational, self-leadership. Series features nine booklets to be published via paperback on throughout 2020 based on a number of conceptual and peer reviewed presentations. First booklet due out March 14th, 2020 corresponding to milestones from Theodore Roosevelt and his leadership style. – Migliore, Bean

Medical Personnel Perceptions to Voluntarily Report to the FDA Patient Suicide. Bean, Luster

Employee Engagement in 3D Virtual Learning. Migliore, Kevin Bottomley, Bridget Arena (non-affilliate).

Professional Engagement to Publication (PEP) workshop on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 and Part II March 24, 2020. Two-part series. – Bean

Accessibility and Diversity in the 21st Century University, Book Editor. – Gary Berg

Four Part Grantsmanship Workshop Series, Introduction slated for July 2020, Luster, Louise Underdahl.

If you see any inacurracies or you are working on a project we may have missed please contact

Mission and Vision

To be recognized, through scholarly leadership,  as the most trusted provider of career-relevant research concerning the practitioner doctorate degree in higher education for advancing the professional life of working adults.

Scholarly leadership is defined as a transformative relationship among experienced and aspiring Scholar/Practitioner/Leaders who intend, through the production and application of research, to advance their professional life and the community of scholarship.

Purpose and Goals

We believe that planning, preparing, and producing effective and efficient research studies are demonstrations of scholarly leadership.

  • We believe in modeling the way towards creating and disseminating educational and leadership research for the purposes of professional development.
  • We exist to inspire, support, and guide the professional development of University of Phoenix faculty through scholarly leadership.

    • Potentiating the development of research and its dissemination with University of Phoenix faculty.
    • Professional development through scholarly leadership.

Position Papers

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Immediacy in the online classroom: A prudent requirement before, during, and after COVID-19

By Erik Bean, Ed.D.
Associate University Research Chair


Areas Of Research Interest

Leadership Studies Scholarly Leadership Transformative Learning Experiential Learning Educational Research

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