The Doctor of Executive Leadership (DEL) program is an
intensely practical, research-based degree, designed to be widely applicable
across various settings. Individuals working in government, nonprofit, educational, religious, health care, law
enforcement, military, and business settings can use and apply the learning of
the D.E.L. to add value to their organizations. The purpose of the D.E.L. is to
create scholar-practitioners who will conserve, generate, and transform the
discipline of leadership.
a Scholar-Practitioner. The D.E.L.
program centers on preparing scholar-practitioners, people who both study and
practice leadership as a discipline. In becoming scholar-practitioners,
students conserve, generate, and transform the study of leadership.
consider critical theories of leadership to identify the most useful ones to
their setting and organization, analyzing and applying ideas to real-life
situations. Using and teaching these best practices ensures the conservation of
master the tools and art of research, exploring core leadership competencies.
Armed with a thorough understanding of existing leadership theories and
practice, students create new thoughts, ideas, and theories to add to the
existing body of knowledge.
Knowledge. Scholar-practitioners use
skillful written and verbal communication to display competence as leaders,
sharing their knowledge in a variety of settings through continued research,
writing, teaching, and consulting.
The D.E. L. is offered in an online format and requires a
five-day residency at the main campus in Charleston, WV each year. The curriculum is 58 credit hours of
State-of-the-Art Learning Tools. The University of Charleston’s library
resources are accessible online for students as they complete research and
study. With an extensive database of books, journals, and articles available
instantly, students can easily locate needed information. Staff members from
the library and instructional technology support are available to help with
troubleshooting as needed. Students use
web conferencing and participate in webinars on a wide range of topics to extend
their doctoral experience, our students benefit from supportive D.E.L. faculty members
who mentor and guide students. Our faculty members bring a wide range of industry
and academic experience to the classroom, sharing their expertise and insights willingly
and generously to help students excel in the mastery and the implementation of leadership
program includes a required five-day campus residency prior to each year of the
program. First-, second-, and third-year residencies are scheduled concurrently
to facilitate interactions between students who are at different points in the
program and to build intellectual community across cohorts.
- All Residencies - Community building (mentors,
faculty, staff, and cohort members), self-assessments, APA and publication
labs, graduate writing lab, library and University resource sessions and labs,
timeline and degree plan reviews, mentor meetings, resiliency workshops, team
building and social events, national speakers (open to a broader audience), and
faculty and student presentations.
- Residency 1 - Convocation, program overview and
process, technology skills development lab (Moodle, collaborative software, and
presentation software), an introduction to leadership as a discipline, what it
means to be a steward of the leadership discipline, review of writing sample
generated at the residency. Concurrent with these residency activities, initial
instructional sessions are completed for DEL 700 Culture of Inquiry.
- Residency 2 - Discussions related to identifying
dissertation topics, forming a dissertation committee, and working with the
Institutional Review Board; mentor meetings to review personal leadership
theories and development plans. Concurrent with these residency activities,
instructional sessions are completed for DEL 800 Responsible Conduct of
- Residency 3 - Cohort members participate as stewards
of the discipline of leadership in small groups for work on dissertations,
prospectus documents, and program summations. Concurrent with these residency
activities, instructional sessions are completed for DEL 900 Portfolios.