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Michelle Witherspoon, PhD

As an academician, I firmly believe in transformational leadership. I am constantly evolving on a personal and professional level as I work alongside other individuals employed by the organization, regardless if I am serving in an executive, administrative, or faculty member capacity. The trials and tribulations that are encountered during these relationships create unique communication dynamics at every given opportunity. As an administrator/leader/educator, I have learned that different circumstances and employee personalities command an adoption of varying forms of leadership. To reiterate, an authoritative, laissez-faire, and/or democratic leadership style may have to be utilized in an effort to accomplish the task at hand, depending on the aforementioned factors. My research philosophy supports Albert Einstein’s inclination that “not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted” (Patton, 2002, p. 12). In other words, some questions lend themselves to numerical answers while other inquiries do not; therefore, I believe in utilizing both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies depending upon the research questions being entertained in the investigation. Over the past decade and counting, I have been a full-time professor for prestigious brick and mortar institutions in both the private and public sector of higher education, teaching courses in several disciplines: communication, leadership, education, and ethics. My repertoire of qualifications has been enhanced by receiving certification as a dissertation chair/mentor for the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies (SAS). I have been teaching the following SAS courses since 2009: DOC/722, DOC/733, DOC/733A, DOC/733B, DOC/734, DOC/734A, and DOC/734B. I have presented at professional conferences and published in several academic journals on the topic of academic dishonesty. My hobbies include interior design, reading, and motivational speaking.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-