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John Dugan // Disrupting Leadership Education, Proposing a Twitter Ethic of Care & Unapologetically Nerdy/Apologetically Awkward

What if there was an educator that taught you how to challenge and deconstruct leadership frameworks or theory over memorizing or accepting them as truth? But what if this same teacher was effortlessly hilariously, authentic, and is what he calls “Unapologetically nerdy/apologetically awkward”? This very leadership scholar, educator, and author is featured on this episode, Dr. John Dugan. We discuss the state of leadership education and how technology, especially social media can enhance the classroom. John also shares his personal digital leadership approach that allows him to amplify other voices and calls for an ethical approach to tools like Twitter.

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Dr. John P. Dugan will serve as director of program quality, design, and assessment for Youth & Engagement Program, effective August 1, 2017. John reached the rank of full professor in the Higher Education graduate program at Loyola University Chicago where he taught courses on leadership, human development, and multiculturalism. Prior to that, he worked in leadership education at University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

He is the Principal Investigator for two research projects. The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) is a quantitative, international research program that has collected data at more than 350 colleges and universities in Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, and the United States with data representing over 500,000 respondents.

John’s research has generated over 40 publications (e.g., refereed articles, books, and book chapters) and more than 100 presentations at national and international conferences. This includes his most recent book: Leadership Theory: Cultivating Critical Perspectives.

John earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from John Carroll University. He also holds master’s and doctoral degrees in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, College Park. He lives in Chicago with his husband (Trey) and two dogs (Charlie and Bernie). In his free time, he is unapologetically nerdy and loves to spend time reading comic books, watching documentaries, and avoiding sports.

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About Josie and The Podcast

In each episode, Dr. Josie Ahlquist – digital leadership author, researcher, and speaker – connects tech and leadership in education. This podcast will bring you leaders on-campus and online. From Senior Vice Presidents on Snapchat, YouTubers receiving billions of views and new media professionals. All through the lens of social media and leadership.  Josie hopes you will not only learn from these digital leaders but also laugh as we all explore how to be our best selves online and off.

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