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This Ph.D. in Community College Leadership program's curriculum was developed with the input of current community college leaders. Classes are "team taught" with a faculty member and at least one nationally-recognized community college leader, as well as state and institutional guest speakers from across the U.S.



David Ayers

David Ayers

Associate Professor

Research interests include: leadership discourses, policy arguments, cultural political economy, management knowledge, emotional labor and regulation of affect.

Felecia Commodore

Felecia Commodore

Assistant Professor

Research interests include: HBCUs, leadership, black colleges, black women, governance, administrative practices, MSIs, organizational behavior, and decision-making.

Dennis Gregory

Dennis Gregory

Associate Professor

Research interests include: higher education law, international education, comparative education, student affairs, student conduct, and sexual violence.



LAURA SMITHERS

LAURA SMITHERS

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Research interests include: liberal education, student success, datafication, predictive analytics, philosophy of higher education, and critical qualitative inquiry.

MITCHELL WILLIAMS

MITCHELL WILLIAMS

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Research interests include: rural community colleges, the community college role in economic development, the community college and poverty-related issues and social justice.


Guest Scholars


Ellen Davenport
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Government Relations, Virginia Community College System - Richmond, VA

Community college, politics and policy development

Sue Kater
Vice Chancellor for Institutional Strategy,
Maricopa Community College
Phoenix, AZ

Community college governance and policy development

Christopher Mullin
Strong Start to Finish
Education Commission of the States
Denver, CO

Community college finance and budgeting



Debbie Lamm
President Emeritus
Edgecombe Community College
Rocky Mount, NC

Community college policy, governmental relations

Gretchen Schmidt
Executive Director
American Association of Community Colleges
Phoenix, AZ

Community college governance and policy development

Milan Hayward
Vice President,
Workforce Development Services
Virginia Western Community College
Roanoke, VA

Commuity college workforce development