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Transformational Leadership

Graceland’s Unique Second Major for Everyone

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Rooted in Leadership

Graceland University was founded in 1895 as a learning community where students from all walks of life could develop their potential for meaningful and productive lives.

For over 125 years, Graceland has walked with its students as they become leaders in the world.

Starting in the fall of 2022, Graceland students who graduate with a 4-year degree will enter the world with at least two distinct majors – one or more majors in the discipline of their choice and a major in transformational leadership.

Offerings
Major
Field of Study
Humanities
Format
Lamoni Campus
Graceland taught me how to love others and be loved, and this is a massive reason why I am successful in my teaching career. Graceland's values of belonging, empathy, democracy, and community taught me to connect with and solve problems with others, and the countless leadership opportunities and activities taught me how to balance working with others with taking care of myself, my time, and my needs.
Brooke Beytin '15 Communication Studies Professor Communication
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A Second Major for Everyone

The world needs more transformational leaders – dynamic, empathetic, and collaborative problem solvers – so Graceland reimagined its liberal arts general education program and added new modules that are specifically aimed at preparing our graduates to succeed. These courses set Graceland students on a path to success by providing foundational education and experience that will propel them into future careers that have not yet been imagined.

The Transformational Leadership major consists of three distinct but interrelated
content groupings: general education, life and leadership, and strategic skills.

  • General Education (31 semester hours)

    Includes the core learning unique to a liberal arts education. These courses will help develop and hone verbal and written communication skills and how to analyze and solve complex problems — all while tying into a broad educational experience in the arts and sciences preparing the graduate for their first career and the one after that.

    • Foundational Communications Learning
    • Foundational Quantitative Learning
    • Liberal Learning
      Visual and Performing Arts
      Humanities
      Natural Sciences
      Social Sciences
      Histories
  • Life and Leadership (16 semester hours - 4/year)

    Encompassing opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, these experiences are designed to help students discover and develop their individual leadership potential.

    Year   1    Self Leadership

    Year   2    Group Leadership

    Year   3    Organizational Leadership

    Year   4    Leadership Practicum/Capstone

  • Strategic Skills (9 semester hours)

    What we jokingly call “how to be an adult,” these are the key life skills that graduates need to survive and thrive in the interconnected world of the 21st century.

    • Social Responsibility
    • Foundations of Health and Wholeness
    • Digital Fluency and Citizenship
Exceptional Faculty
Patricia R. Nelson PT, ScD
Patricia R. Nelson PT, ScD Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy, Director of Curriculum View Bio
Arvie C. Vitente
Arvie C. Vitente Director of Admissions and Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy View Bio
Jaime Holloway
Jaime Holloway Director of Student Affairs & Clinical, Assistant Professor Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy View Bio
Stephanie Anderson PT, DPT, OCS
Stephanie Anderson PT, DPT, OCS Director of Clinical Education/Assistant Clinical Professor View Bio
Nicole  Ortiz, MEd
Nicole Ortiz, MEd Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Health View Bio
Kevin Brunner, PhD
Kevin Brunner, PhD Professor of Information Technology and Ackerley Scholars Director View Bio
Darrell  Johnston
Darrell Johnston Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre View Bio
Sehwan Kim, PhD
Sehwan Kim, PhD Assistant Professor of Sport Management View Bio
Sean  McMannamy, PhD
Sean McMannamy, PhD Assistant Professor of Data Science View Bio
Ioseb
Ioseb "Soso" Gabelaia, PhD Assistant Professor of Business View Bio
Nancy  King, Ph.D.
Nancy King, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology View Bio
Matt  Schneider, M.S.
Matt Schneider, M.S. Visiting Associate Professor of Criminal Justice View Bio
Dana  Seymour
Dana Seymour Assistant Professor of Education View Bio
Jacques Hendieh, DBA
Jacques Hendieh, DBA Assistant Professor of Accounting View Bio
Breann McMannamy
Breann McMannamy Assistant Professor of Mathematics View Bio
Yong Wang
Yong Wang Assistant Professor of Sport Management View Bio
Christopher  Brandt, DMA
Christopher Brandt, DMA Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music View Bio
Emily Potts, MFA
Emily Potts, MFA Gallery Coordinator and Visiting Artist Lecturer in 3D View Bio
Shawnna  Jackson, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC
Shawnna Jackson, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC Assistant Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing View Bio
Debra Koch, MSN, FNP-BC
Debra Koch, MSN, FNP-BC Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing View Bio
Melissa Jonas
Melissa Jonas Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Melanie Mason, DAT, LAT, ATC, CES, PES
Melanie Mason, DAT, LAT, ATC, CES, PES Health and Movement Science Department Chair - Assistant Professor of Health and Movement Science View Bio
Mary Elizabeth Shawgo, PhD
Mary Elizabeth Shawgo, PhD Natural Sciences Department Chair - Professor of Biology View Bio
Jason Smith, PhD
Jason Smith, PhD Department Chair Math and Computer Science - Assistant Professor of Mathematics View Bio
Brian White
Brian White Director of the Honors Program - Dr. Brian White, Professor of English View Bio
Chante Campbell-Nixon, DNP
Chante Campbell-Nixon, DNP Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Elise Hector, MSN, RN, CPN
Elise Hector, MSN, RN, CPN Department Chair Nursing - Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Jack Ergo, MM
Jack Ergo, MM Piano/Harpsichord Orchestral Studies, Associate Professor of Music View Bio
James Geiselman, DC
James Geiselman, DC Assistant Professor of Allied Health View Bio
Mark  Gardner, PhD
Mark Gardner, PhD Coordinator of Communication Skills – Dr. Mark Gardner, Assistant Professor of Communication View Bio
Gustavo Costa, PhD
Gustavo Costa, PhD Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish View Bio
Drew Sams
Drew Sams Graduate Assistant-Strength and Conditioning View Bio
Evan Kennedy, PhD
Evan Kennedy, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychology View Bio
Leigh Murray, PhD
Leigh Murray, PhD Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program – Dr. Leigh Murray, Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy View Bio
Kailey  Boden
Kailey Boden Graduate Assistant-Health and Wellness Promotion View Bio
Jeana Wilcox, PhD
Jeana Wilcox, PhD Clinical Assistant Professor - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner View Bio
Frankie  Porter, MS, LAT, ATC
Frankie Porter, MS, LAT, ATC Assistant Professor of Health and Movement Science View Bio
Eric Elliott
Eric Elliott Instructor of History View Bio
Ifelayo Adefuye
Ifelayo Adefuye Assistant Professor of Biology View Bio
Meghan Powell
Meghan Powell Visiting Assistant Professor of English View Bio
Daniel Pratt
Daniel Pratt Professor of Chemistry, Dan and Alice Waite Endowed Chair for the Sciences View Bio
Allison Roberts
Allison Roberts Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, AGACNP Program Coordinator View Bio
Sharon Little-Stoetzel
Sharon Little-Stoetzel Professor of Nursing View Bio
Wilai Rojjanasrirat
Wilai Rojjanasrirat Professor and Director of Research & Scholarship View Bio
Jeri Sindt
Jeri Sindt Professor of Nursing View Bio
Robert Poulton
Robert Poulton Professor of Economics View Bio
Paul Binnicker
Paul Binnicker Director Center Graduate Studies, Adjunct Faculty - Business Administration View Bio
Jeff McElroy
Jeff McElroy Department Chair - C.H. Sandage School of Business, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Sam Walton Fellow View Bio
Steve Anders
Steve Anders Distinguished Professor of Economics View Bio
Robert Davidson
Robert Davidson Director of Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance Program – Dr. Robert Davidson, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Human Performance View Bio
Allison Dudley
Allison Dudley Associate Professor of Education View Bio
Tanya Coffelt
Tanya Coffelt Education Department Chair - Associate Professor of Education View Bio
Barbara Walden
Barbara Walden Faculty Associate View Bio
Brittany Longsdorf
Brittany Longsdorf Faculty Associate View Bio
Katie Harmon-McLaughlin
Katie Harmon-McLaughlin Faculty Associate View Bio
Matt Frizzell
Matt Frizzell Faculty Associate View Bio
Charmaine Chvala-Smith
Charmaine Chvala-Smith Seminary Chaplain, Focus Session Coordinator View Bio
Jared Beverly
Jared Beverly Faculty Associate View Bio
David Anderson
David Anderson Faculty Associate View Bio
Zac Harmon-McLaughlin
Zac Harmon-McLaughlin Dean of Community of Christ Seminary, David and Betty Nipper Dean Chair View Bio
Samantha Byrnes
Samantha Byrnes Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Mike Hoffman
Mike Hoffman Campus Minister, Director of Spiritual and Religious Life, Adjunct Faculty View Bio
Michele Dickey-Kotz
Michele Dickey-Kotz Professor of Education View Bio
Melanie Hijaz
Melanie Hijaz Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing View Bio
Max Pitt
Max Pitt Associate Professor of Business View Bio
Kyung Park
Kyung Park Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology View Bio
Kimberly Manuel
Kimberly Manuel Theatre Department Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Design; Technical Director for the Theatre Department View Bio
Kathy Lenz
Kathy Lenz Clinical Instructor of Nursing View Bio
Kathleen Mammen
Kathleen Mammen Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing View Bio
Jolene Lynn
Jolene Lynn Dean, School of Nursing and Associate Professor of Nursing View Bio
John Wood
John Wood Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Jennifer Poulton
Jennifer Poulton Professor of Biology View Bio
Jeffrey Draves
Jeffrey Draves Director of Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics - Dr. Jeff Draves Professor of Chemistry View Bio
Jane Garrow
Jane Garrow Assistant Professor of Nursing View Bio
Steven Glazer
Steven Glazer Social Sciences Department Chair - Professor of History View Bio
Ethan Patterson, DMA
Ethan Patterson, DMA Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass View Bio
Anthony Chvala-Smith
Anthony Chvala-Smith Associate Professor of Religion, Paul E. Morden Seminary Chair of Religion View Bio
Barbara Voshall
Barbara Voshall Professor of Nursing View Bio
Karen Gergely
Karen Gergely Associate Professor of Art, Art Department Coordinator View Bio
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Why Graceland?

Graceland students can gain leadership experience as soon as they arrive on campus. Through this unique program, the University provides students with practical skills designed to give them the tools they need to be successful adults and leaders in their careers and communities.

Transformational leaders collaborate closely with others to identify areas where change is needed and support their peers in making the necessary changes. Graceland classes, activities, and student life emphasize collaboration and belonging within a caring community where students learn and grow.

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