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Apply for the Leadership Communication doctoral program

Applications for Kansas State University’s Leadership Communication Ph.D. are now being accepted. Domestic applications are due Jan. 15, and international applications are due Jan. 1. Apply online today.

Do you want to lead change, advance communication and engage communities?

This doctoral program is a research degree grounded in community-engaged scholarship. Students will explore the intersection of theories and methods of leadership, communication, and other areas of inquiry related to collaborative change. Through the study and practice of leading change, students will produce original research that contributes to making progress on the most difficult challenges of our times.

Strong candidates for this doctoral program are committed to:

  • Engaging with others to leverage diverse perspectives
  • Developing capacities to:
    • Conduct original research
    • Convene stakeholders
    • Facilitate change processes
  • Enhancing careers with foundations, NGOs, corporations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies

Our students bring a variety of academic backgrounds, professional experience, and civic interests to this program. Learn more about the students.

Our faculty have the research expertise and professional experience to customize your learning in the program. The faculty are from the Communications and Agricultural Education Department, Communication Studies Department, AQ Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and the Staley School of Leadership Studies. Learn more about the faculty.

More details

For questions, contact Tim Steffensmeier, director of the Leadership Communication program and associate professor at the Staley School of Leadership Studies, at steffy@ksu.edu.

Introducing the first cohort of the Leadership Communication doctoral program

In the fall of 2018, the Staley School welcomed its first cohort for the Leadership Communication doctoral program. This program is an interdisciplinary research degree that provides the space for students to make progress on difficult challenges and produce original research that is grounded in community-engaged scholarship.

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Scholarship Update

Staley School Faculty members continue to be on the leading edge when it comes to leadership scholarship. Faculty members Trisha Gott, Brandon Kliewer, Kerry Priest, and Mary Tolar recently had an article published in the Journal of Leadership Studies. The article is titled, “The Path Forward: A Case for Openness in Leadership Studies” and can be accessed online by clicking HERE. Congrats to these faculty members for their recent publication!

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First-Year Design Students Experimenting Leadership Development through Self-Directed Learning

Guest blog post by Dorna Eshrati
PhD Student in Environmental Design and Planning
College of Architecture, Planning and Design


The Graduate Student Leadership Development Program (GSLDP)
, a program created by the Staley School of Leadership Studies, the Graduate School, and the Kansas Leadership Center, provides K-State graduate students an opportunity to develop leadership skills to make a positive change in their work, studies, and student organizations. Dorna, Eshrati, a Ph.D. student of Environmental Design and Planning in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University completed the program in 2017 and has been able to infuse the leadership skills developed through the GSLDP into her current work as she teaches first-year Environmental Design studios.

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