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Doctor of Education in Leadership Online

Creighton University Faculty


Barbara L. Brock

Barbara L. Brock
Barbara L. Brock, Ed.D. is a professor of Education and faculty member in the Interdisciplinary EdD in Leadership Program. She is a past chair of the Education Department, former director of the Master’s Program in Educational Leadership, and has extensive teaching and administrative experience at the Pk-12 level. Her publications include eight co-authored books and numerous book chapters and journal articles. She presents internationally and nationally on topics related to her research, which includes topics related to the career development of educational leaders in public and faith-based schools.

Dr. Brock advises students in the superintendent track and teaches the following courses: ILD 801, Leadership Styles and Reflective Practice; ILD 827, Leadership in School Improvement; ILD 830, Practicum in School system Leadership, ILD 833, Writing for Scholarly Publication, ILD 825, Women and Leadership and the ILD 811 practicum.


Isabelle Cherney, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, Ed.D. Program Director

Isabelle Cherney, holds a B.A. in psychology from Creighton, an M.A. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She teaches courses in psychology, research methods and statistics, as well as honors courses.





Donna M. Ehrlich

Donna M. Ehrlich, Ph.D.
Dr. Ehrlich spent over 15 years working in leadership roles in different organizations including serving as a business lead and senior project manager before completing her doctoral studies. Donna holds a PhD in Information Systems; MS in Management Information Systems; and BS in Human Resource Management. She has spent the past 13 years in various roles in higher education including serving as the inaugural director of a Master’s Degree in Health Care Leadership, Director of Business Administration, Director of online Health Professions, and Dean of a School of Health Professions. She also has extensive experience as a faculty (traditional and on-line environments) in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs, chairing and serving on dissertation committees. Dr. Ehrlich’s research interests include leadership, complex adaptive systems, strategic planning, and supply change management. Dr. Ehrlich is the director for ILD 803 Strategic Planning and Management, ILD 804 Organizational Theory and Behavior, ILD 807 Financial and Legal Leadership Issues and ILD 822 Human Resource Leadership and Management.


Peggy Hawkins

Peggy Hawkins
Dr. Hawkins has been a nurse educator for numerous years and has held positions such as Associate Dean of Health Professions, Program Director in an EdD program, site visitor for specialty accreditation, project director for a major research grant, and peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. She is a professor in the Graduate School at Creighton University.





Gretchen Oltman

Gretchen Oltman, J.D., Ph.D

Gretchen Oltman, J.D., Ph.D., has spent over a decade in education, including many years as a high school English teacher. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Nebraska and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of Nebraska. Oltman spent most of her career as a high school English teacher where she focused on Freshman English courses. In addition, Oltman successfully team taught a course for struggling readers and writers, developed a new elective course called “Law and Literature,” and served on building and district-wide assessment committees. She has also served as a lecturer of Education Law in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as a graduate program administrator at the University of Nebraska College of Law. Oltman currently is a doctoral dissertation consultant at a Midwestern university.  She was awarded the 2010 Dr. Ted Sizer High School Level Dissertation of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She has been a presenter at national conferences for the NASSP, Education Law Association, and several local and state organizations.


James R. Martin Jr.

James R. Martin Jr.
James Martin has worked for four universities during his time as an instructor – primarily in an online environment: University of Nebraska-Omaha, Bellevue University, Florida State University, and Creighton University. He has also worked as a research assistant to several professors and has presented at several conferences. James currently has several research articles in preparation for submission to scholarly journals. Before becoming an academic, he worked for twenty years in small business, working for a media post-production and advertising firm. James holds a PhD in Comparative Politics and a MS in Political Science both from Florida State University. He also holds an MA in International Relations from Creighton University and a BA in History and Political Science from Bellevue University.


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