Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

From Trial to Triumph: Becoming Resilient Leaders in Education
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Retired Lt. Gen. Claude M. Kicklighter

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Every year on the first Saturday in March, Mercer’s educational leadership students across all campuses come together to network and learn from experts in educational leadership. Cohorts from the M.Ed., Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs strengthen their network and continue building upon their knowledge in preparation of becoming transformational leaders in education through a series of workshops, sessions and panels. Students are also invited to share successes in research or practice with current cohorts of masters, specialist and doctoral students through a program proposal submission to join in the lineup of speakers this spring.

NOTE: Students enrolled in M.Ed., Ed.S. and Ph.D. educational leadership programs are required to attend this mandatory Leadership Academy meeting.

Leadership Academy is designed to expose candidates to diverse ideas and methods on topics that complement and enhance the learning experience both inside and out of the classroom. This event works to:

  • Expose students to empirical research on topics in P-12 and Higher Education
  • Offer opportunities for networking with key leaders and experts in education
  • Engage students in conversations about leadership and education’s role as leaders in a global community
  • Give students an opportunity to reflect upon their own experience and journey through the graduate program and to prepare for the next steps

Students attending the Leadership Academy will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Identifying issues in education and developing problem-solving skills
  • The educational leader’s role in the enhancement and continued development of society
  • Sound academic research for the purpose of conducting one’s own research

The Leadership Academy is held on Mercer’s Atlanta campus. Sessions and panel discussions will be held between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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2018 Leadership Academy At-A-Glance Schedule
From Trial to Triumph: Becoming Resilient Leaders in Education

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8:30 - 9:25 - OPENING SESSION (AACC 280 - CHAPEL) Keynote by General Kicklighter

9:30 - 10:25 - SESSION ONE
AACC 175 – Sex & Human Trafficking and Its Impact on Our Children (Dr. Jillian Whatley)
AACC 181 – A Setback is a Setup for a Comeback (Dr. Floran Syler)
AACC 182 – Bullying: From the Playground to the Workplace (Ms. Stacy Roberts)
AACC 250 – Senior Executive Leadership Succession Planning with Implications for
Underrepresented Minorities
(Dr. LeKeisha Jackson)

10:30 – 11:25 – SESSION TWO
AACC 175 – Creating a Culture of Exceptional Readers (Ms. Kim Thames)
AACC 181 – Getting Academically Published (Dr. Carol Isaac)
AACC 182 – Becoming the Leader: The Journey to Transformational Leadership (Mr. Ron
AACC 250 – Avoiding Stress, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue in Education
(Dr. LaKlieshia Izzard)


12:30 - 1:25 – SESSION THREE
AACC 175 – Understanding how the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement Impacts All
(Dr. Cayanna Collier-Good)
AACC 181 – Navigating Difficult Conversations (Ms. Tarshish Jordan)
AACC 182 – Implicit Bias and Internalized Racial and Ethnic Attitudes (Dr. Bentley Gibson)
AACC 250 – Almost A Vice President: Life in Middle Management (Dr. Jae Wyatt)

1:30 - 2:25 – SESSION FOUR
AACC 175 – The Reproduction of Social Capital Within Middle School Classrooms (Dr. Toni
AACC 181 – Parental Involvement: Getting Parents Involved in the Educational Process (Ms.
Janice Rials)
AACC 182 – Mourning Into Dancing: A Conversation About Resilience, Coping Skills and
Deep Peace
(Dr. David Bowen)
AACC 250 – A Good Dissertation is a Finished Dissertation: Remaining Motivated in the Face
of Unexpected Delays
(Dr. Melinda Moffett & Dr. Keith Moffett)

AACC 175 – P12 Leadership Career Challenges (Facilitated by Dr. Jean Walker)
AACC 181 – Getting to Graduation (Facilitated by Dr. Melinda Moffett & Dr. Keith Moffett)
AACC 182 – Higher Ed Leadership Career Challenges (Facilitated by Dr. Jae Wyatt)
AACC 250 – Building a Research Agenda (Facilitated by Dr. Carol Isaac)

Retired Lt. Gen. Claude M. Kicklighter photo Retired Lt. Gen. Claude M. Kicklighter

Retired Lt. Gen. Claude M. Kicklighter served the United States as an Army officer for more than 35 years, with overseas tours in France, Germany, Iran, the Netherlands and Vietnam. As a Mercer University trustee and graduate, he has worked with University leadership to launch the Center for Leadership and Ethics.

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For more information:
Dr. Pamela Larde

Associate Professor of Research & Education
Leadership Academy Program Coordinator