Summer Institute

Welcome to the EOLL Summer Institute!

The EOLL Summer Institute is the premier annual event for our doctoral programs. At the Summer Institute, EOLL doctoral students learn alongside each other, interact with EOLL/ COE faculty members, and engage with national thought leaders. Each Summer Institute features a different guest scholar who engages with students in class and presents on issues relevant to leaders. There are also various social and professional events that prepare students to complete the coursework and dissertation successfully. It is also an opportunity for our current students to engage with our alumni, who will also be invited to participate.

The event will be held virtual using a hybrid format with daily synchronous Zoom meetings. Our featured scholar is Dr. Marilyn Gist. Her latest book, The Extraordinary Power of Leader Humility: Thriving Organizations & Great Results, is our required summer, reading for all our participating students and alumni. Then, Dr. Gist will be speaking at the Summer Institute on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 14th, and then sit down with our alumni, Dr. David Jackson, for a hosted question and answer session.

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Summer Institute Schedule

  • Bolded items are main events. 
  • Underlined items are events where participation is encouraged (unless otherwise noted in cohort schedule below)

Monday, July 12th

  • 9:00am – 9:30am Current Student Meet and Greet
  • 9:30am – 10:00am Opening Session
  • 10:00am – 11:00am Community Building Activity: Centering The Day 
  • 11:00 am– 12:00pm New Student Orientation and Returning Student Reorientation
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm Balancing Life Domains with Dr. Lopuch
  • 4:00pm – 5:30pm EOLL 6000 1st Year Student Meeting

Tuesday, July 13th

  • 9:00am – 1:00pm Asynchronous Summer Institute Time
  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm Afternoon Welcome and Centering The Day
  • 1:30pm -2:45pm Seattle University’s Jesuit Tradition: Yesterday and Today with Jen Tilghman-Havens
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm Community Building Activity: Bringing It All Together
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm TDiLP General Meeting – All TDiLP Participants

Wednesday, July 14th

  • 9:00am – 10:00pm Community Building Activity: Centering The Day
  • 10:00 - 12:00pm Descriptive to Predictive: SPSS as a tool for data analysis with Dr. Becks
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm The Extraordinary Power of Leader Humility: Thriving Organizations & Great Results with featured speaker Dr. Marilyn Gist, hosted by Dr. Jackson
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm EOLL 6000 1st Year Student Meeting

Thursday, July 15th

  • 9:00am – 10:00am Community Building Activity: Centering The Day
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm Mastering the Essentials of APA Style (7th Edition) with Dr. Henry
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm Mindfulness as a Way of Building Resilience with Megan Kennedy
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm Community Building Activity: Bringing It All Together
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm TDiLP Group Specific Meeting – Small Groups

Friday, July 16th

  • 9:00am – 1:00pm Asynchronous Summer Institute Time
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm Closing Session: Alumni Panel hosted by Dr. Jackson
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm EOLL 6000 1st Year Student Meeting

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Cohort Schedule

First-Year Students (Cohort 45)

  • Please plan to attend all Main Events listed above in bold.
  • Plan on participating in Community Building Activities and Asynchronous Summer Institute Time, which are underlined.
  • You should plan to be available the entire day of Monday, July 12, as this will serve as your Orientation to EOLL - 6000 as well as offer you valuable information regarding the start of your doctoral student career.
  • Your first class in the program EOLL 6000-01 Educational Leadership Orientation (6 credits) for summer quarter 2021 from July 12 – August 13, 2021, on MWF 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Because the Summer Institute takes place during the first week of class, there will be specific meeting times just for the First Year Cohort during the Summer Institute. These times are:
    • Monday, July 12 - 4:00 - 5:30 pm
    • Wednesday, July 14 - 4:00 - 6:00 pm
    • Friday, July 16 - 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • “Normal course schedule” will resume on Monday, July 19th from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Second-Year Students (Cohort 44)

  • Please plan to attend all Main Events listed above in bold.
  • Encouraged participation in Community Building Activities and Asynchronous Summer Institute Time, which are underlined.

Third-Year Students (Cohort 43)

  • Encouraged participation in Community Building Activities and Asynchronous Summer Institute Time, which are underlined.
  • Two TDiLP Meetings:
    • Tuesday, July 13 - 4:00 - 6:00 pm - General Meeting
    • Thursday, July 15 - 4:00 - 6:00 pm - Group-Specific Meeting

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Summer Institute Session Information

Balancing Life Domains

  • Monday, July 12th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Speaker: Dr. Viviane Lopuch
  • Life domains are the different areas of our lives, such as our friends, work, hobbies, etc. Studies show that life balance, the ability to divide attention between our most valued life domains, is associated with higher levels of wellbeing. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to clarify your many life domains, identify their importance, and learn strategies to manage them more effectively and with greater confidence. The workshop will include a brief talk about life domains and provide you the opportunity to engage in pair and small group exercises.   

Seattle University’s Jesuit Tradition: Yesterday and Today

  • Tuesday, July 13th from 1:30pm – 2:45pm
  • Speaker: Jen Tilghman-Havens
  • Seattle University’s Jesuit Catholic mission connects all of us to a 500-year-old tradition that finds relevance today in our commitments to finding our unique purpose in the work of leadership for social, racial and environmental justice. 

Descriptive to Predictive: SPSSS as a Tool for Data Analysis

  • Wednesday, July 14th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Speaker: Dr. Ann Becks
  • Quantitative data are analyzed and reported for qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods studies. From describing characteristics of individuals in a study to exploring factors that predict behavior, SPSS is a useful tool to add to your toolkit and one that will be used in your coursework. This session will reference the user-friendly text SPSS Survival Manual to guide you through an introduction of this data analysis software that can be mastered through graphical icons or code.

The Extraordinary Power of Leader Humility: Thriving Organizations & Great Results 

  • Wednesday, July 14th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Speaker: Dr. Marilyn Gist
  • Leadership is a relationship, and humility is the foundation for all healthy relationships. Leader humility can increase engagement and retention. It inspires and motivates. Through her book The Extraordinary Power of Leader Humility, Dr. Gist offers a model of leader humility derived from three questions people ask of their leaders: Who are you? Where are we going? Do you see me? She explores each of these questions in depth, as well as the six key qualities of leader humility: a balanced ego, integrity, a compelling vision, ethical strategies, generous inclusion, and a developmental focus.

Mastering the Essentials of APA Style (7th Edition) 

  • Thursday, July 15th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Speaker: Dr. Sara Henry
  • In this 2-hour, web-based training, we will provide an overview of the essential guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 7th Edition), in addition to helpful tips and strategies for editing course papers, dissertations, manuscripts for publication, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions as we discuss the many nuances of APA and academic writing!

Mindfulness as a Way of Building Resilience

  • Thursday, July 15th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Speaker: Megan Kennedy
  • Mindfulness supports people in moving from a state of autopilot to a place of greater awareness—or of being more present in the moment. This session will help you understand the role of mindfulness in building resilience, aiding with focus and productivity, nurturing a sense of connectedness, and reducing excessive stress and suffering. This interactive session will include experiential components, time for questions and answers, and resources for ongoing learning.

Alumni Panel

  • Friday, July 16th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Speaker: Dr. O. David Jackson
  • Facilitated by Dr. Jackson, the Summer Institute Alumni Panel is a great way for students to connect with career professionals who can inspire you and give insider tips for success.

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Speaker Information


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Ann Becks, PhD

PhD, University of Maryland
MA, University of Michigan
BA, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Adjunct Faculty Member - Seattle University and the University of Maryland
Manager at Kennedy & Company

Dr. Ann Becks specializes in qualitative and quantitative analytical work related to the student experience from prospect through career, as well as federal education policy. Dr. Becks is a Manager at Kennedy & Company, a boutique higher education consulting firm. Other professional experiences include student affairs at mid- to large-sized colleges and universities and federal policy at a Big Six higher education association in Washington, DC. As an adjunct faculty member Dr. Becks teaches graduate level courses on assessment and quantitative methods at Seattle University and the University of Maryland. Dr. Becks holds a B.A. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; an M.A. from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

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Marilyn Gist, PhD

PhD, University of Maryland at College Park
MBA, University of Maryland at College Park
BA, Howard University

Professor Emerita, Management

Dr. Marilyn Gist has more than 20 years' experience in the field of executive development. She held the rank of Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Executive Programs in the Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University. In addition, she served as Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Formation providing academic direction for our executive degree and certificate programs.

Prior to this, Marilyn held the Boeing Endowed Professorship of Business Management at the University of Washington, where she was also the Faculty Director for Executive MBA programs for many years. In addition to her academic roles, she has served in management positions in the public and private sectors and had extensive consulting experience.

Marilyn is an internationally recognized scholar. Her research emphasized confidence-based factors in motivation and training and leadership assessment and development. She has over 25 publications in leading scholarly outlets. Google Scholar, which monitors how often a publication has been cited by other scholars, provides one measure of the quality or importance of a person’s work. It shows that Marilyn’s work has been cited roughly three thousand times in articles and books that were published subsequently by other people. Her current publications include “Developing Dual-Agenda Leaders” (co-authored with Professor Sharon Lobel) in the 2012 Journal of Corporate Citizenship, and” Self-Efficacy” (co-authored with Angela Gist) in the 2013 Oxford Bibliographies in Management.

Marilyn earned her BA from Howard University and her MBA and PhD from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Sara Henry, PhD

PhD, University of San Diego
MA, San Diego State University
BA, Arizona State University

Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Heartful Editor

Dr. Henry is the founder of Heartful Editor and serves as the Editor-in-Chief. She is an expert in the style guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Edition). Sara spent 15 years in student affairs and higher education administration, holding administrative positions at the University of California, San Diego, California State University (Humboldt and Sacramento), City College of San Francisco, and Portland State University. She holds a BA in communication from Arizona State University, an MA in postsecondary educational leadership and student affairs from San Diego State University, and a PhD in leadership studies and higher education administration from the University of San Diego. Sara and her husband, Dennis, live in San Diego with their Havanese named Cuba. When not living her dream supporting Heartful Editor’s students and team members, she spends time with friends, works out with her personal trainer, takes barre classes, reads the classics, or completes New York Times crossword puzzles.

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O. David Jackson, EdD

EdD, Seattle University
MBA, Seattle University
BA, Political Science, Howard University

Management Faculty - Seattle University

O. David Jackson is an experienced, strategic, and visionary leader who is passionate about cultivating the impact that people and organizations can deliver to their communities and stakeholders.

Building on a successful corporate career in human resources and people leadership, Dr. Jackson formed Jaxx Strategic Partners in 2014 to provide small and medium sized businesses and nonprofit organizations access to the same strategic expertise and insights that are often out of reach but for the largest organizations. In addition to his business consulting, Dr. Jackson holds faculty appointments as an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University within the College of Education, the Albers Schools of Business and Economics, and the School of Theology and Ministry.

Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Howard University, and, both an MBA and a Doctorate in Education from Seattle University, wherein his scholarly research and practice centers on strategy, organization development, and adult learning. As a community builder, Jackson has served on numerous boards including the HR Certification Institute (Secretary/Treasurer), the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (Past President), and presently serves on the Board of Regents of Seattle University. Dr. Jackson is an active writer, an avid patron of the arts, and divides his time between Seattle, WA and his hometown of Houston, TX.

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Megan Kennedy

Director of the UW Resilience Lab and
Co-Chair of the UW Student Well-Being Collaborative

Megan Kennedy is the Director of the UW Resilience Lab and Co-Chair of the UW Student Well-Being Collaborative. Kennedy’s focus at the UW is in leading strategic initiatives to support student mental health and well-being. Kennedy believes that building systems to support high-quality wellness and educational programs requires teamwork at every level. From engaging community stakeholders in vision-setting to partnering with students, staff, and instructors – her approach to leadership centers collaborative relationships. A background in mental health counseling, Kennedy served as Clinical Director at Youth Eastside Services (Redmond, WA) before working at the UW.

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Viviane S. Lopuch, EdD

Director, Organizational Leadership

Dr. Viviane S. Lopuch is the Program Director for the Organizational Leadership B.A. degree completion program. She comes to Seattle University from Marist College, where she served as Faculty Director for the Liberal Studies major for adult undergraduates. Prior to academia, Dr. Lopuch worked in sales, marketing and finance roles for the IBM Corporation, while also attending college and graduate school as a part-time, adult student.

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Brian Taberski, EdD

EdD, Education Leadership, Seattle University
M.Div., Theology & Ministry, Boston College
BA, Religious Studies, Canisius College

Lecturer, Educational and Organizational Learning and Leadership (EOLL)

Dr. Taberski was appointed a Lecturer at Seattle University in Fall 2020 after serving as an adjunct instructor for three years at SU. Prior to his appointment,  Dr. Taberski worked in K-12 Catholic Schools and a non-profit organization focused on educational access and participation. His roles included Department Chair, Teacher, and Director. He also has served on the boards of several community organizations committed to the work of social justice and reconciliation. 

Dr. Taberski’s research and teaching interests reflect his experience of and commitment to Catholic and Jesuit education. Employing a research lens situated in the intersectionality of pastoral theology, organizational theory, and organizational change frameworks, Dr. Taberski explores the culture, paradigms, and pedagogies of schools and other organizations. His work in leadership education pays special attention to leadership formation, with a focus on the personal skills necessary to effectively lead organizations. Both of these meta-research interests ultimately serve as the contexts in which Dr. Taberski explores adaptive challenge and change and helps organizations, schools, and leaders develop meaningful ways to address their needs. 

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Colette Taylor, EdD

EdD, Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations, University of Florida
MA, Counselor Education, University of Florida
BS, Psychology, University of Florida

Chair, Leadership and Professional Studies Department (AEDT, COUN, EDLR, SDAD, TESOL)
Program Director, Educational and Organizational Learning and Leadership (EOLL)
Founding Director, Center for Social Transformation and Leadership

Prior to her appointment as Associate Professor at Seattle University in Fall 2015, Dr. Taylor was in the Department Educational Psychology and Leadership at Texas Tech University for 7 years.  Prior to her faculty appointment at TTU, she spent 14 years as higher education administrator professional having help positions at Middle Tennessee State University, University of Florida, Nova Southeastern University, and Wake Forest University.   She is a past-president of the Southern Association of College Student Affairs and currently serves on the editorial boards of the College Student Affairs Journal, Journal for Diversity in Higher Education and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.  In addition, she is an active member of the International Leadership Association, American College Personnel Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Engagement Scholarship Consortium, and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).

Dr. Taylor’s teaching, scholarship, and service is multicultural and multi-contextual in nature and is situated in the fields of leadership, social justice and education. Attempting to understand how populations of color and other marginalized communities develop attitudes, motivations, and strategies to be successful in various cultural and institutional contexts, her current research focuses on creating inclusive leadership practice - formal and community-based - to create equitable organizational environments, with a particular focus on students, families, and communities who have been historically marginalized. 

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Jennifer Tilghman-Havens, MA, MSW, MBA

Executive Director, Center for Jesuit Education - Seattle University

Jennifer is a teacher, writer, speaker, facilitator, and spiritual director who serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Jesuit Education at Seattle University. Her doctoral work in interdisciplinary Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University has inspired her to publish research on servant-leadership, diversity and equity, transformative pedagogy, women’s leadership, and environmental sustainability.