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 PhD Human Development
Kathy Kaya

"Being in a community of other learners which includes students, alumni, and faculty, who care deeply about the world and think critically about how they can make a difference in the world was incredibly enriching and nourishing for me."

-Kathy Kaya, PhD, Alumna
The Kaya Group
Human Development (HD) is focused on individual adult growth in personal, organizational, and cultural settings. Tools from coaching, mentoring, leadership, creative longevity and wisdom inform doctoral work in the program. Students seek to understand how to optimize personal relationships and empower others to invest and engage in their chosen causes, while valuing social and ecological justice.

With individual experience and current knowledge as a platform, the PhD in Human Development blends adult development research and theory to address the social demands of our modern world. As a nontraditional doctoral program, it provides you with the freedom to remain in your community, continue working while learning, and co-design your curriculum to optimize your goals. You build partnerships through vibrant, collegial interchanges that embrace diversity, value social and ecological justice, and infuse the learning with innovation and enthusiasm.

Remain in your local community through a variety of individual and collaborative group learning opportunities. Pursue your degree in ways that best fit with your career, family responsibilities, and study preferences.

Explore your passions with self-directed studies and optional concentrations. You and a faculty mentor will co-design a plan of study that is personally meaningful to you and will put you on track to achieving your individual goals. Faculty members offer experiential and academic expertise in many areas including adult development systems, culture, social and ecological justice, diversity, learning and motivation, and psychology.

Participate in a vibrant, collegial, and engaged learning community of scholar-practitioners. Many of our HD students serve in professions such as organizational consulting, human resources, executive coaching, and teaching. As a student, your professional experience and personal knowledge informs your research, study, and practice within the HD program to address the challenges of today’s individuals, communities, organizations, and society.

Network with professionally recognized alumni who are university teachers, writers, speakers and individual coaches.

Goals & Objectives

Students in the Human and Organizational Systems and Human Development PhD programs are expected to graduate with the following skills and abilities:

  • Achieve a broad understanding of the scholarly literature in the fields of human and organizational development
  • Develop logical and coherent scholarly argument, critique theory and research
  • Synthesize ideas and integrate theory and practice
  • Reflect on your own practice skills in light of the theory and research you have read
  • Integrate your intellectual, personal and professional learning and demonstrate appropriate use of personal voice in your writing
  • Understand diverse cultural world views and epistemologies and the social justice implications of knowledge, theory and practice
  • Demonstrate graduate-level writing skills including the appropriate use of primary and secondary resources, scholarly language and the logical flow and sequencing of ideas
  • Distinguish different research methods and demonstrate depth of knowledge in the method you choose for your dissertation
  • Indicate the strengths and weaknesses of various research strategies and be able to connect various research methods to different research objectives and questions
  • Connect the results of your own research to other research and theory in your field

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