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Austin Peay receives $6,000 grant towards new master's in leadership

The Council of Graduate Schools has awarded a $6,000 grant to Austin Peays School of Business and College of Graduate Studies.

According to Dr. Carmen Reagan, director of leadership studies and professor of marketing, the purpose of the grant is to study the feasibility of a masters degree in organizational and community leadership.

The interdisciplinary degree could involve the School of Business and departments of psychology and communications, as well as other programs that are involved in leadership education, says Reagan.
The Council of Graduate Schools has awarded a $6,000 grant to Austin Peay's School of Business and College of Graduate Studies.

According to Dr. Carmen Reagan, director of leadership studies and professor of marketing, the purpose of the grant is to study the feasibility of a master's degree in organizational and community leadership.

“The interdisciplinary degree could involve the School of Business and departments of psychology and communications, as well as other programs that are involved in leadership education,” says Reagan.

The proposed coursework may include the topics of social responsibility, ethics, community development and demographic diversity, as well as strategic thinking and planning, entrepreneurship and public/private partnerships. Additionally, the coursework would include discussions of quality, knowledge management and global perspectives. However, the final design of the coursework will be determined by input from the feasibility study.

The grant will pay summer stipends for two faculty members to conduct the feasibility study. The study will involve focus group sessions, interviews and surveys of prospective market segments, according to Reagan. It also requires the establishment of an advisory group.

“I proposed a consortium of internal and external individuals who represent the practice and study of leadership, and I invite anyone interested in the program and consortium to contact me,” says Reagan.

For more information, telephone Reagan at 6470, or e-mail reaganc@apsu.edu.
—Rebecca Mackey