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Donald R. LaMagdeleine, Ph.D.

Professor
Leadership, Policy and Administration
Degree
Ph.D. Sociology, Loyola University of Chicago
M.A. History and Phenomenology of Religion, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California
B.S. Psychology and Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago
Office
MOH 412 | Opus Hall
Phone
(651) 962-4893
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Teaching and Research Interests

My background is highly interdisciplinary. As an undergraduate, I was a double major in psychology and philosophy. As a graduate student, I studied new religious movements, which resulted in an M.A. in History and Phenomenology of Religion. In my doctoral work in sociology, my research was on the Catholic university. Immediately afterwards I focused on emerging trends in U.S. Catholicism, but when I joined the School of Education faculty I began to focus on education policy and leadership using mostly qualitative data and analysis. The still very young field of leadership is my principal current research. My background enables me to investigate the many ways in which leaders (and professionals of many types) embrace and regularly operate according to the kinds of myths and rituals usually associated with religion. In my book The Leadership Imagination, I propose a new method for identifying and analyzing how these patterns emerge and their consequences in organizations and groups.

I teach mostly leadership, organizational, and social theory courses, and have chaired almost fifty dissertations in the Leadership doctoral program. I have also served as a university research administrator, organizational consultant, and principal investigator for many non-profit and educational organizations.


Sample of My Publications

  • DeMeester, D. and LaMagdeleine, D.R. (2016) “Staging ‘white maleness’ with cops: a diversity training case analysis.” Pages 87-109 in Change and Reform in Law Enforcement: Old and New Efforts from across the Globe. Eds. Scott Phillips and Dilip Das. Boca Raton, Florida: SRC Press.
  • LaMagdeleine, D.R., Maxcy, B., Pounder, D., & Reed, C. (2009). “The context of university-based educational leadership preparation.” Pages 129-156 in M. Young, G. Crow, R. Ogawa, and J. Murphy. Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders. Routledge: New York.
  • Dexter, S. & LaMagdeleine, D.R. (2002). “Dominance theater, slam-a-thon, and cargo cults: three illustrations of how using conceptual metaphors in qualitative research works.” Qualitative Inquiry 8: 362-380.

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