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Candace Bloomquist

Candace D. Bloomquist, Ph.D.

Candace D. Bloomquist, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Creighton University’s Interdisciplinary Ed.D. Program in Leadership. Candace’s passion for and commitment to health for all is a constant goal. She believes in thinking differently, challenging the status quo and reaching for opportunities. She strives to enhance the growth of individuals and organizations, to increase teamwork and personal involvement, and help others develop their competencies, consciousness, and compassion as change leaders. Her research interests include trust in higher education, health equity, quality improvement, health promoting schools, and teaching and learning in higher education. Prior to coming to Creighton University, Candace served as a health educator in the Health Promotion Department at the Saskatoon Health Region, a regional health authority in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She also served in the non-profit arena at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan as a community action specialist and served in the U.S. Army as a medical laboratory technician.

She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan with a concentration in the study of physical activity and exercise psychology, M.S. from Kansas State University, and B.S. in exercise science from Creighton University.

Barbara Brock

Barbara L. Brock, Ed.D.

Barbara L. Brock, Ed.D. is a professor emerita in the Interdisciplinary Ed.D. 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.

Leah Georges

Leah Georges, Ph.D., M.L.S.

Dr. Georges holds a B.A. in psychology from Creighton University, a Master's of Legal Studies degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's distinguished Psychology and Law Program. She is published in academic journals and book chapters in the areas of emotion and jury decision-making, drug and mental health courts, policy reform, and advising in undergraduate and graduate learning. Dr. Georges also presents locally and nationally about generations interacting in the workplace, millennial leadership, and the various causes of wrongful conviction and how to improve the criminal justice system through education and reform.


As an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Ed.D. Program in Leadership, Dr. Georges advises students through their research methods and dissertation preparation courses in the Ed.D. Program.

James Martin

James R. Martin Jr., Ph.D.

James Martin, Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. in Comparative Politics and a M.S. in Political Science both from Florida State University. He also holds an M.A. in International Relations from Creighton University and a B.A. in History and Political Science from Bellevue University.

Jennifer Moss Breen

Jennifer Moss Breen, Ph.D.

Jennifer Moss Breen, Ph.D., serves as an Associate Professor and Program Director for Creighton University’s Interdisciplinary Leadership Ed.D.  Before joining Creighton University, Jennifer served as the inaugural Director of Bellevue University’s Human Capital Management Ph.D. program.  Jennifer earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska (2006) in Leadership Studies.  She current serves as the President of the Association of Leadership Educators and the Chair of the Business Leadership Member Interest Group for the International Leadership Association.  Jennifer teaches business leadership and physician leadership courses at Creighton University and conducts research in the areas of leader resilience, leader humility, knowledge sharing, leadership development and medical school leadership education.

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.

Tony Williams

Tony Williams, Ph.D.

Dr. Tony Williams has over 20 years of leadership experience and over 10 years of experience teaching leadership at the graduate level. Dr. Williams spent 21 years as an Active Duty Officer in the United States Air Force. He has over 3200 flying hours in the KC-135 and C-141 and was a squadron commander twice in his AF career. After retiring from active duty, he was an Instructional Systems Design Supervisor for the USAF’s F-22 Pilot Training Program. Dr. Williams holds a BS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an MBA from Gonzaga University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota.

Julie Gaddie

Julie Gaddie, Ph.D.

Julie Gaddie earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December of 2010. Gaddie is currently the principal at Lindbergh Elementary School in St. Joseph, Missouri where she has been an administrator for the past 14 years. She serves as the chairperson of the Northside Community Center Board and past president of the St. Joseph Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals. In addition, she has presented to the Missouri House of Representatives Appropriations Committee regarding school based mental health services. In 2007, Gaddie traveled to the United Kingdom to discuss school and community relationships as a part of the Asset Based Community Development International Partnership. She has been a school improvement consultant for the Nebraska Department of Education and is the author of Job Embedded Professional Development: the Missing Link published in The Elementary Principal, MAESP (2006) and co-author, with Dr. Marilyn Grady and Dr. Marlie Williams, of "Leadership and Social Justice: Veteran Administrators," published in Social Justice: Encouraging the Development of Others (2012). She has served as a contracted faculty for Creighton University Doctoral Leadership Program for the past three years. Gaddie was recognized as the St. Joseph MAESP Principal of the Year in 2006.

Adam J. Greteman

Adam J. Greteman, Ph.D.

Adam J. Greteman, Ph.D. is an Affiliate Faculty member in Interdisciplinary Studies at Creighton University. Additionally, he is the Director of the Masters of Arts in Teaching program and adjunct assistant professor of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His teaching practice is grounded in critical, feminist and queer pedagogies. His scholarship explores the historical, philosophical, and educational implications of sexuality and gender in education. His work has been published in various journals including Educational Theory, Journal of Philosophy and Education, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. He is currently working on a book length manuscript, Thriving: Queer Approaches to Education, which offers a historical and philosophical intervention in queer studies in education.

Rob Koonce

Rob Koonce, Ed.D.

Over the past three decades, Dr. Koonce’s professional career includes serving in the capacity of director of continuing legal education and professional development for a state organization, chief executive of a small business, marketing consultant, medical researcher, and educational trainer in pediatric metabolism. He now enjoys utilizing these experiences in academia to help students think more boldly about the world around them. Published on subjects ranging from leadership to metabolic disease, his scholarly interests currently include examining leadership as a socially co-constructed and emergent process, as well as exploring the intersection between leader-follower relations and positive organizational psychology. Recognized as a leading voice on followership, he recently served as lead editor and an author for Developing Leaders for Positive Organizing (Emerald Group Publishing, in press), and lead editor and an author for Followership in Action: Cases and Commentaries (Emerald Group Publishing, 2016), as well as a symposium which he co-edited and co-authored for the Journal of Leadership Studies. His next edited and co-authored book focuses on dialogical practices in leadership development and furthers his initial work on the individual, relational, and collective construct of emergent mindset. He previously served as guest editor for the proceedings of the 2014 International Followership Symposium for the Journal of Leadership Education. He is honored to have served in various volunteer leadership capacities for the Academy of Management, the International Leadership Association, and the Association for Continuing Legal Education. Dr. Koonce has spoken at professional venues throughout the world.

W. Britt Watwood

W. Britt Watwood, Ed.D.

Dr. Watwood is a part-time instructor for the Interdisciplinary Doctorate in Leadership. He recently retired from the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research at Northeastern University in Boston MA. Before Northeastern, he spent eight years as a member of the VCU Center for Teaching Excellence as the Senior Online Faculty Consultant. With twenty years of online teaching experience as well as five years’ experience as Director of Online Learning at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia, he is passionate about elearning. Prior to entering the field of elearning, he was an Associate Dean at Herkimer College in New York, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Gwinnett Technical College. His current research interests lie in the area of integrating what we know about learning science with online teaching practice.

Dr. Watwood’s doctorate is from University of Nebraska. His education masters degree is from Old Dominion University, and his bachelor degree is from the U.S. Naval Academy. He retired from the Navy as a Commander after 22 years of service.

He teaches ILD 804 – Organizational Theory, ILD 821 - Quality Assurance and Leadership, ILD 831 - Technology and Leadership, and ILD 814 – Proposal Construction.

Kate Winter

Kate Winter, Ph.D.

Kate Winter, Ph.D. is an independent consultant on research design and evaluation. She teaches research methods courses and serves on doctoral committees in Creighton University's Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership, where she is Senior Associate Faculty and course director for the quantitative and qualitative research design courses. She received her Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington and her B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Kate is an accomplished external evaluator and higher education researcher with over 13 years of experience and expertise in: policy and program development and assessment; leadership and leadership development; teaching and learning; student access, retention, and success; diversity in academic STEM; faculty development; and, faculty productivity and satisfaction. She has presented research findings and policy recommendations nationally and internationally, published numerous journal articles, and authored or co-authored book chapters on teaching and learning and on efforts to support faculty.