Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Preparing Myself for What is Next to Come

Although my next essay is not due until the 9th, I need to start working on that asap.  With the upcoming trip to Virginia for the doctoral residency I am required to attend, I need to get working on the essay that is required for that too.  I am extremely nervous about all of these requirements, not to mention a little annoyed to have to travel for this and work at a full time job.

Week Seven: Leadership and Emotions

Review Part III of the Avolio text.
Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

Participate in class discussion.
3  days out of 7 days
Discussion Questions
Respond to weekly discussion questions.
DQ 1 Due Day 3
DQ 2 Due Day 5
Reflective Leadership Plan
Resources: University Library, Internet

Optional Resources: It may be beneficial to review the letter of intent you provided during the enrollment process and your responses to SEM/700R reflection questions. These sources may provide a crucial baseline for defining your leadership style and aspirations.

Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper in which you translate your course learning into a reflective personal leadership development plan. Your plan should define a strategy for maximizing your leadership effectiveness and include the following components:

·         Discuss the leadership theory or theories supporting your plan.

·         Explain your leadership strengths and weaknesses and what you will do to capitalize on your strengths and modify your weaknesses.

·         Address gaps between the leader you are now and the leader you would like to become.

·         Suggest action items you will realistically implement to close gaps between the leader you are now and the leader you would like to become.

·         Provide a realistic implementation timeline for each action item on your plan.

·         Discuss how you will actually use your plan to impact your leadership, your followers, and your organization.

·         Discuss how you will assess and modify your plan to ensure it is on track.

·         Consider your plan, not just a paper to satisfy course requirements, but a living, working document.

·         Provide assessment scores and references to course readings and appropriate peer-reviewed literature to support your judgments, assertions, and development goals.

·         Because self-reflection is a critical component of your leadership plan, first-person is appropriate for writing this assignment.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
11:59 pm Phoenix Time
Day 7
Weekly Reflection
Each week in this course, you will engage your thoughts and abilities as a scholar, a practitioner, and a leader to advance your knowledge and personal academic agenda. These weekly reflections help you position yourself as a reflexive thinking scholar, practitioner, and leader. Consider saving these weekly statements, which serve as a critical reflection upon your growth as a scholar, practitioner, and leader throughout the program.

Create a reflective and applied statement describing how the week’s learning has affected your thought processes, development, and professional disposition. This statement should reflect your personal learning process—challenges, moments of discovery, life experiences, and interactions. You may also include questions for the course facilitator regarding material that may still be unclear in your reflection. Ideally, you will use these reflections throughout the course and the program to document your development as a scholar, practitioner, and leader, and to reflect critically on the changes that occur during this process.

Format any citations and references in your reflective statement consistent with APA guidelines.

Reply to the thread designated for Weekly Reflections, and post your response in the body of the post, not as an attachment.
11:59 pm Phoenix Time
Day 7

Luckily for me, I've recording almost everything from SEM700R in this blog for this assignment.

Doctoral Residency Information

Learner Residency View ( Dates & Times )

Northern Virginia Campus (Reston) - 1/19/2012-1/23/2012

PHL/700R 1/19/2012-1/23/2012
Class DateStart TimeEnd Time

Campus Information 
Campus Picture
Northern Virginia Campus (Reston)
11730 Plaza America Drive
Suite 200
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 376-6100

Residency Checklist

  • Please complete and submit Residency Confirmation/RSVP Form 11/19/2011.
  • Complete your pre-residency assignment prior to the start of the residency.
  • Pre-residency assignment information is located within rEsource.
  • Contact Doctoral Technical Support if you encounter any difficulties locating rEsource.
  • Detailed residency schedule information will be available from your SASWeb page on Friday, prior to your residency start.
  • Ensure that your laptop is within the guidelines of the Hardware Software agreement.

Hardware/Software Requirements

  • Configure your laptop to meet the hardware and software configuration requirements.

Residency Protocol

  • There will be daily AM and PM breaks. Beverages and snacks will be provided during break.
  • A complementary buffet style lunch will also be provided by the University.
  • Only Learners may participate in residency activities.

Security of Faculty and Learners Personal Property

    The University of Phoenix is not responsible or liable for any lost, damaged or stolen personal items left unsecured or unattended during the residency.

Residency Class Attendance Requirement

    To be in attendance during the classroom portion of the residency, learners must be physically present according to classroom times specified within schedule. Tardiness, failure to attend any portion of the class, or early departure for any reason, will result in reduction of 1 point for every 15 minutes lost (4 points per hour). Attendance sheets will be collected daily at 9am.

Academic Requirement

    You must have successfully completed all previous Doctoral coursework with a grade of B- or better to be eligible to attend Residency. Please contact your Academic Counselor if you have received a C+ or lower in any class. Your Academic Counselor can assist you in scheduling your residency and any other course.

Dress Code

    Students are required to wear business casual attire when in the classroom.
    • Business casual consists of collared shirts, polo shirts, blouses, slacks, khakis and knee length to ankle length skirts.
    • Tennis/athletic shoes, flip-flops, tank tops and spaghetti strap shirts are unacceptable.
    • Business suits, ties and stockings are not required.

Student Code of Conduct

    As prescribed in the Student Code of Conduct, learners are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times while attending the residency. Learners are expected to demonstrate respect and consideration to all faculty, University of Phoenix staff and other learners at all times.

Disability Service Office (

    The University of Phoenix Campus Disability Services Office is available to help students with classroom accommodations. In order for the University of Phoenix to provide disabled students with reasonable accommodations, it is required that an official request for services be submitted.
    • Disability Services Advisor


Start Date: 01/19/2012


Course Description
This course challenges the learner to become a creative leader or problem-solver and to begin the process of personal transformation by questioning assumptions and conventional patterns of thinking. Throughout the course, students demonstrate characteristics of creative and critical thinking in individual and collaborative situations.

Course Competencies
  • Actualize theory and practice to cultivate personal and group learning.
  • Integrate critical and creative processes to initiate lifelong leadership development.
  • Develop a scholar-practitioner-leader voice to communicate across boundaries.
  • Review and apply models of ethical, inclusive, and compassionate behavior within the doctoral learning community.
  • Apply research-based reflective processes to understand individual and shared epistemological and ontological positions.

SAS Workshop 1 - Topic 1: Critical Reflection


  • The texts used in this course are:
  • EBOOK COLLECTION: Mezirow, J. (1990). Fostering critical reflection in adulthood: A guide to transformative and emancipatory learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • EBOOK COLLECTION: Wellington, J., Bathmaker, A., Hunt, C., McCulloch, G., & Sikes, P. (2005). Succeeding with your doctorate. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Inc.
  • Supplemental materials:
  • University of Phoenix Material: Dissertation Criteria and Rating Scale Overview
  • Dissertation Criteria and Rating Scale
  • University of Phoenix Material: Research Reading List
  • The reading assignments for Workshop One are:
  • Mezirow (1990) – Ch. 1, 5, & 11
  • Wellington (2005) – Part I: Embarking on a Doctorate and the “Ways of Knowing” section in Part 3: Thinking About Methodologies
  • ARTICLE: Electronic Reserve Readings


  • Pre-Residency Assignment
  • Part One
    • Submit a personal reflection and purpose statement of a maximum of 1,000 words prior to attending the residency. The assignment must include, at a minimum, the following key elements.
      • Include the factors that led you to pursue this degree and your purpose for engaging this level of scholarship. Include the academic influences that shape your thinking regarding your field of study. These influences must include, primarily, books, scholars, and well-known professionals. Personal references, such as family or religious inspiration, are often too individualized for the purposes of this assignment and course; however, if these influences play a significant role in your practice and in your continuing engagement with doctoral studies, they are appropriate for inclusion. Exercise judgment in your choices for this assignment.
      • Include your current level of preparedness and your sense of your current position in the field.
        • How do you see your studies affecting your current practice in the field?
        • What professional and personal contexts do you bring to the course of study?
        • How might these contexts assist you in learning? How might they limit you?
        • How have your professional and personal contexts shaped your identity? 
      • Include the outcomes you anticipate from completing this degree program
        • What are your aspirations for the program?
        • What areas would you like to refine?
        • How might enhanced scholarship, practice, and leadership capacities augment your personal and professional life and the lives of others your work affects?
        • How do your goals align with the School of Advanced Studies mission? To locate the School of Advanced Studies mission statement, go to to access the School of Advanced Studies site and select About the School. The mission statement is located at the bottom of the page.
      • Include how your life beyond the program might be affected
        • How might this program shape your future?
        • How might you use your learning to contribute to your existing communities?
        • What new communities might you join?
        • What might you lose as a result of this degree? What might you gain?
    • Format your statement consistent with APA guidelines.
    • Submit Part One prior to the start of Workshop One.
    Part Two
    • Prepare a 5- to 7-minute presentation based on the written portion of this assignment. Your presentation must cover the aforementioned main themes. This portion of the assignment does not need to take the form of a standard, professional presentation. Alternative presentations may include visual and artistic components, as long as these components support a critical and cogent response to the assignment.
    • Select alternative modes of presentation based on their appropriateness for representing the content of the reflection.
    • Prepare to present on the first day of the workshop.
  • Reflective Journal Template
  • Please refer to your syllabus for assignment information.

SAS Workshop 2 - Topic 1: Critical Reading


  • The reading assignments for Workshop Two are:
  • Mezirow (1990) – Ch. 9
  • Wellington (2005) – Ch. 8
  • ARTICLE: Electronic Reserve Readings


  • Please refer to your syllabus for assignment information.

SAS Workshop 3 - Topic 1: Developing a Scholarly Community


  • The reading assignments for Workshop Three are:
  • ARTICLE: Electronic Reserve Readings


  • Please refer to your syllabus for assignment information.

SAS Workshop 4 - Topic 1: Engaging in Praxis


  • There are no reading assignments for this week.


  • Please refer to your syllabus for assignment information.

SAS Workshop 5 - Topic 1: Leadership and Voice


  • The reading assignments for Workshop Five are:
  • Mezirow (1990) – Ch. 2, 4, 6, 17, & 18
  • Wellington (2005) – Ch. 5
  • ARTICLE: Electronic Reserve Readings


  • Please refer to your syllabus for assignment information.