Graduate coursework


Spring 2012


EXED 644  Philosophy and Theory of Experiential Education: This course examined the writings of historical and current thinkers who have made contributions to the field of experiential education. The philosophical underpinnings of Plato and Dewey, as well as more current experiential education literature were discussed and examined.


EXED 634  Practicum: Attended the year-long Leadership Institute with Minnesota State Mankato Faculty and Staff and compiled experiences in a paper.

Fall 2012


EXED 634  Practicum: Attended the CASE: Summer Institute in Alumni Relations and compiled/presented information to the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association Board Members.


EDLD 652  Leadership Studies: This course examined various leadership/management models over time and how those have shaped perspectives of leadership theory and philosophy today.

Spring 2013


EDLD 647  Organizational & Systems Change: This course explored the dynamics and principles of organizational and systems change in theory and practice. This course approached all types of educational organizations and the processes of change within them.


Fall 2013


EDLD 651  Ethics in Leadership: The ethical dimension of leadership were examined utilizing theoretical ethics (Aristotle, Epictetus, Machiavelli, Hume, Kant, J.S. Mill, Sartre), case studies, student generated cases, movie and video examples, and ended with a lengthy case study on the ethical leadership of ML King, Jr.

Spring 2014


EXED 645  Experience & Nature: This seminar examined the phenomenology of the human experience of the natural world. We started with concepts derived from William F. Unsoeld’s analysis of wilderness and the sacred and proceeded utilizing sources such as the Rudolph Otto, The Bible, Annie Dillard, Sigurd Olson, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and selected articles from the Journal of Environmental Ethics.


EXED 645  Reflection/Process: This course examined key aspects of guiding reflective group processes — techniques, principles, and actual activities.  The design of this course intermingled theory with applied practice, whereby class members were regularly leading and participating in reflective and group process exercises.

Summer 2014


EXED 645  Experiential Learning & Education Reform: Current and historical school reform initiatives such as Lab Schools, EdVisions, The Big Picture Company, Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound and others will be investigated.  Examples of how schools have implemented experiential learning throughout their curriculums were provided. Learners applied information by developing programs and or curriculums useful to their specific learning environments.

Fall 2014


URBS 553  Grants Administration: This course explored the basics of grants – how to effectively research for them, how to dynamically write to get them, how to methodically research and find funding for them, how to efficiently manage the process to be successful in seeking them, and how to build simple yet effective tools to make the entire process easier. This was intentionally a practitioner course about learning how, demonstrating what is learned, polishing the skills learned, and building a toolset to use immediately. This course merged the experience of appropriate and timely selected readings, hands-on activities, discussions, and specifically focused assignments in an instructor facilitated and mentored setting. Emphasis is on helping the student experience and assimilate knowledge and finding rewarding and effective practical ways to be successful.


EDLD 688  Project Demonstration: Developing a Craft Beer Server training manual. View completed project.


EXED 695  Portfolio Development: Compiled the major learning experiences and presentations into this website.

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