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Ph.D. in Community College Leadership

The Ph.D. in Community College Leadership is a nationally recognized program designed to help working professionals move into senior-level positions in community college leadership. The program curriculum was developed with senior-level community college leaders, and it is specifically designed to help adult learners apply of coursework and research to the most critical issues facing community colleges today. Program alumni assume executive-level positions in community colleges across the U.S., work for state-level coordinating boards, or work in regional, national, and discipline-specific accrediting bodies.

Our 54-credit doctoral program is designed with the working professional in mind. It is:


Nationally Recognized

Live, Interactive, Online

Students take classes as part of a cohort which provides a shared learning experience, builds community, and broadens students' professional networks throughout their careers.

Our nationally-recognized program is also one of the most affordable in the nation, which makes obtaining a high-quality doctorate worth the investment.

Working professionals across the U.S. engage in live, online weekly class meetings via WebEx and AdobeConnect, as well as attend an annual, two-week Summer Institute where they engage faculty, colleagues, and guest scholars.

Classes are scheduled 4:20-7:00 p.m. EST or 7:10-9:50 p.m. EST to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

We have organized our Course of Study around AACC's Competencies for Community College Leaders: Organizational Strategy; Finance, Fundraising, and Resource Management; Communication; Collaboration; and Community College Advocacy.

The program is designed for professionals who want to increase their knowledge and leadership opportunities in areas such as:

  • Curriculum
  • Finance
  • Leadership & Administration
  • Policy Development
  • Workforce Development

The Course of Study has four elements: core coursework in community college leadership, elective courses, research courses, and dissertation.

Students develop skills that enable them to assume advanced leadership positions at community colleges; work for state councils of higher education; or work at regional, national, and discipline-specific accrediting bodies.

All faculty are dedicated to helping students succeed, not only in courses and the dissertation, but also in ensuring students develop the skills needed to lead the modern community college.

Our faculty, adjunct faculty, and guest scholars reflect a rich mix of researchers and practitioners, ensuring a broad-based, comprehensive doctoral education.

Dr. Dana Burnett
Professor of Practice
Old Dominion University

Dr. Dennis Gregory
Associate Professor
Old Dominion University

Dr. Shana Pribesh
Associate Professor
Old Dominion University

Dr. Mitchell R. Williams
Associate Professor
Old Dominion University

Dr. Monica Esqueda
Assistant Professor
Old Dominion University

Dr. Chris Glass
Assistant Professor
Old Dominion University

Dr. Tiffany Jones
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Southern Education Foundation
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Ellen Davenport
Guest Scholar
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations
Virginia Community College System
Richmond, VA

Dr. Sue Kater
Guest Scholar
Special Assistant to the Chancellor
Maricopa Community Colleges
Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Natalie Harder
Guest Scholar
South Louisiana Community College
Lafayette, LA

Dr. Milan Hayward
Guest Scholar
Executive Director
Grants Development at Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale, VA

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Education that works. Leadership that makes a difference.


ODU also offers a Ph.D. degree program in Higher Education.