NACA® National Leadership Symposium - 2017 Symposium Scholars

Dr. John DuganDr. John Dugan

John P. Dugan is an associate professor in the Higher Education program and director of the Undergraduate Minor in Leadership Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to his academic appointment, he worked in leadership education at the University of Maryland and University of Nevada Las Vegas. 

Two active research projects support John's scholarly interests. The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) is a quantitative, international research program examining the influences of higher education in shaping leadership development (www.leadershipstudy.net). The MSL has collected data at more than 300 universities in the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Australia, and Mexico with data representing over 500,000 respondents. The second project is a qualitative, longitudinal study employing both critical narrative and phenomenological methods to understand the influences of identity and power on leadership for social justice across a wide array of career sectors (e.g., medicine, education, non-profit, business).

John is the author of 21 peer-review journal articles, 12 book chapters, and 4 books including Leadership Theory: Cultivating Critical Perspectives. He is the recipient of several awards including: Research Article of the Year, American Educational Research Association's Queer Studies Special Interest Group; Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, School of Education, Loyola University Chicago; and Emerging Scholar Award, ACPA: College Student Educators International.

Dr. Sonia Ospina Dr Sonia Ospina

Sonia M. Ospina is Professor of Public Management and Policy at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, and an MS in Public Policy and Management. Over the past decade her scholarly agenda has focused on the shift toward collective leadership, given the collaborative demands for transformative change at organizational and societal levels of action. Among her recent co-edited books are Advancing Relational Leadership Research: A Conversation Across Perspectives (2012) and Social Innovation and Democratic Leadership: Communities and Social Change from Below (forthcoming).

Professor Ospina has been instrumental in the emergence of Co-Lead Net, an international network of leadership scholars meeting annually to explore collective leadership, and in the NYU/Wagner's Leadership in Action at Wagner, a School-based community of practice on leadership in public service. She is currently piloting an NYU/Wagner leadership development program, the Collaborative Leadership Lab. Professor Ospina is an elected Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the Scientific Council of CLAD, a UN consulting body on state reform in Latin America.  She is co-editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and member of several journal editorial boards in the US and Latin America, including Public Administration Review and The Journal of Latin American Public Policy and Governance (GOBERNAR).  She also co-founded the Research Center for Leadership in Action in 2003 and was its Faculty Co-Director until 2015.

Born in the U.S. to Colombian parents, Sonia grew up in urban Bogotá, where she got a BA in Education Sciences and worked in this field until her return to the US.  She has now lived more than half her life in another great urban space, New York City, where she and her husband raised their son. Sonia's bi-cultural experience and her strong ties to both countries are embodied in her transnational and multicultural approach to life.

Dr. Larry RoperDr. Larry Roper

Larry Roper is a Professor and Interim Director of the School of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University, where he serves as Coordinator of the Undergraduate Social Justice minor and Coordinator of the College Student Services Administration graduate program.  Previously he served as Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Oregon State University from 1995-2014. He also served OSU for 18 months as Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He has degrees from Heidelberg University, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Maryland. He has held numerous positions in student affairs, including Director of Housing; Associate Dean of Students; Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs; and Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. 

Larry currently serves as a Commissioner with the State of Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission, on the Board of Trustees of Heidelberg University, as President of Jackson Street Youth Shelter (serving homeless and vulnerable youth), and on the Education Committee of the Oregon Community Foundation. He served a 4-year term as Editor of the ¬NASPA Journal, and 6 years as a Commissioner with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Larry has more than 50 publications in the form of book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, book reviews and monographs.  He writes a regular column for the Journal of College and Character.  He is co-editor of the books, Teaching For Change: The Difference, Power and Discrimination Model (2007) and Angst and Hope: Current Issues in Student Affairs Leadership (2016), and editor of Supporting and Supervising Mid-Level Professionals: Charting a Path to Success (2011).  He has also served on more than 65 thesis or dissertation committees, having chaired more than 30.