Directory & Faculty Profiles

Rita Hartman, Ed.D.

I retired after many wonderful years in public education; the last six spent as a middle school principal, and started perusing my passion of working with adult learners and leaders from around the world engaging in scholarly pursuits and research projects. Academically, I have facilitated doctoral classes in the online environment for over fifteen years. I love being able to teach in my pajamas although I do enjoy getting into my business casual to facilitate doctoral residencies. I am a past member of the SAS Global Program Council, the EDD Academic Council, and have served as an Academic Chair for the EDD program. One of my greatest joys is working with doctoral learners as they define, develop, and complete their proposal/dissertation. There is an amazing sense of pride and accomplishment that you get when you know you have been part of the journey as a learner moves into the role of a Doctor! In my role as a Fellow in the Center for Educational Communication and Technology during 2017-2018, I successfully led three teams to completion of research projects resulting in publications and presentations. Professionally, I am engaged in exploring the concept of Question-Thinking (Adams, 2010). Q-Thinking is based on the premises that great results being with great questions and just about any problem can be solved with enough right questions. I am also involved in using Appreciative Inquiry as a process for building a learning community focused on the strengths and potentials of each individual of the community with the goal of inspiring positive change. I presented a session titled “Developing Scholars, Practitioners, and Leaders through a Collaborative, Constructive, and Creative Thinking Process” at AI (Appreciative Inquiry) World Conference, which brought together my three passions - AI, Q-Storming, and the doctoral journey. I also had the honor of presenting with two of my esteemed colleagues at the Quality Research Management Conference “Finding the Art of the Possible: Generating Alternatives through Imagination.” I volunteer at the Tucson Wildlife Center whose goal is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wild life. I volunteer in the educational program, Friday at the Fort, am part of a charity group, Twelve Who Care, and am on the board of KIND (Kids with Individual Needs and/or Disabilities – The KIND home). When I am not in the "school" environment or working on special projects, I enjoy time with my family, do a little painting, read mystery and suspense books, and collect antiques.

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-


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Primary College or School: 
College of Doctoral Studies