Ed.D. Educational Leadership
College of Education
Professional learning communities; Universities and colleges--New Jersey
Higher Education Administration
As powerful forces of change continue to exert pressure on institutions of higher education, scholars are calling for strategies to sustain our most valuable asset, the academic community. One promising response is Milton Cox's work. He created the Miami University model for faculty and professional learning communities, a nationally-recognized strategy for supporting faculty development, addressing institutional needs, and promoting meaningful change. This mixed methods action research project introduced a new version of Cox's technology, a project-based learning community. This project-based version was the basis of my work with the Professional Staff and Librarian Learning Community (PSLLC). The PSLLC engaged in a collaborative, discussion-based, four-year process to design, implement, and institutionalize a new orientation program. This project also provided a context for developing my leadership practice. The data indicate that the project-based learning community was a viable strategy for promoting professional development, community building, and organizational change.
Boland, Katherine, "The Professional Staff and Librarian Learning Community at Rowan University" (2011). Theses and Dissertations. 251.