USF Ed.D. in Stewardship, Leadership, and Learning

Building on its reputation as a regional leader in education, the University of St. Francis (USF) is proud to announce a new advanced degree program. The innovative Doctor of Education in Stewardship, Leadership, and Learning is designed for busy professionals in leadership roles in organizations including non-profit and public-sector organizations, training facilities, community colleges and other schools. The first cohort will begin in January 2014.

The new program includes many new and non-traditional features:

  • The dissertation, taught chapter by chapter through coursework
  • Dissertation topics of importance and relevance to the candidates and their employers
  • A topic-driven curriculum that is supported by current, online resources
  • Program completion in 3.5 years
  • A focus on servant leadership, good stewardship of organizational resources and ethical and moral decision-making
  • No admission tests, such as the GRE
  • Locked tuition rate until graduation
  • All courses are rooted in the university’s core values of respect, service, integrity and compassion.


“This program is designed for leaders in a variety of fields, who want to fulfill their dreams of earning a doctoral degree,” said Dr. Stephen Midlock, Coordinator of Doctoral Programs in USF’s College of Education. “Throughout the program, they will learn about the practical aspects of upper-level leadership such as management of facilities, human resources & collective bargaining, stewardship of resources, governance of the organization, as well as the importance of servant leadership and employee professional growth.”

USF Provost Frank Pascoe added that the College of Education has long been known for its quality programs and serving the needs of the education community. “This doctoral program is very exciting… with its innovative structuring of the thesis, is a perfect complement to the college’s already excellent array of programs,” he said.

For more information, interested candidates should contact Midlock at or (815) 740-3500 or visit

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit