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)

2020-2021 Voluntary Virtual Fellows In Residence Call Opens Until Oct. 30, 2020


The pandemic has created challenges for maintaining our fellowship program. But we will be opening up a call for a limited number of "vulentary" fellows who are passionate about exploring independent grantmenship opportunities that can lead to funding of bonafide research studies tied to the literature inside our new Research Pods. Here, senior researchers with rigorous research and publication experience are paired or triagged with junior volunteer fellows to develop important research that can help communities devastated by COVID-19 or other projects with a sense of immediacy. Together they develop a research proposal, obtain IRB and COR approval and work to develop a grant funded proposal. Please stop back after October 1, 2020 for more information. 

Meet our inagural Virtual Fellow in Residence, Dr. Henry Cooper who also has been nominated by our department for a seat on our new Executive Advisory Board here!


What's in it for you?

  1. Partake in grantsmanship to vie for research funding for you and your research team
  2. Assist in putting together our annual Knowledge Without Boundaries Virtual Summit
  3. Work to submit a viable article for publication consideration in The Phoenix Scholar
  4. Publish blogs based on your Subject Matter Expertise (SME) and build Search
    Engine Optimization (SEO) to advance your research community and best practice
    knowledge so crucial in your on going professional development
  5. Be part of a team dedicated to rigorous research tied to the literature, research that 
    can help communities at the grassroots level or other conceptual and qualitative and/
    or quantitative studies designed to set benchmarks in education as well as 
    organizational endeavors in our changing pandemic and technological world.
  6. Leverage your enthusiasm and commitment to rigor, research, and education
    and/or business acumen to build lasting professional relationships.
  7. Strengthen your C.V. to be more competitive in the academy, in business, in industry.
  8. Interested in our prospective grantsmanship funding teamwork approach? Want to 
    be part of a team that builds academic and real-world camaraderie?  Email your
    interest to and include your relationship to 
    University of Phoenix as well as why you feel this opportunity could be a good fit
    for you?  Please include your resume or curriculuam vitae and contact information
    and allow 10 to 14 days to hear back. Prospective Virtual Fellows in Residence must
    have some relationship with University of Phoenix, either as a prior graduate, current
    faculty, chair, or staff member. Some restrictions may apply. Not everyone who requests 
    to be considered will be selected. Communication to be considered must be 
    received by Close of Business (COB) day, Friday, October 30, 2020.  Good luck!

Fall 2020 Webinar Interview Leadership Series Coming Soon

Check back for updates after Oct. 30, 2020


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

Recent Blogs

Managing the Stress Arc of COVID-19 and Rapid Onset of Change

As of late, the inclusion of rapid change conditions in the lives of many has become the norm.

Grant Writing 101

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PART II.The Psychological Shift: Building Resilience Amidst Managed Concern- 3 ways to resource during a crises

One of the major impacts on our psyche is the “fear” reaction.


Areas Of Research Interest

Leadership Studies Scholarly Leadership Transformative Learning Experiential Learning Educational Research

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