Elizabeth Conn of Morris Township, NJ, earns Doctorate in Educational Leadership at College of Saint Elizabeth

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MORRISTOWN, NJ (04/04/2014)(readMedia)-- Elizabeth Conn of Morris Township, N.J., has successfully defended her dissertation at the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE), 2 Convent Road, Morristown, N.J., to earn her doctorate in educational leadership. Conn's dissertation is entitled, "Assessing the Impact of Sustained Professional Development on Assessment Practices and Student Learning."

"I graduated from the Master's program in educational leadership in 2011 and really liked the philosophy of servant leadership and enjoyed the cohort experience," said Conn. "Those faculty members encouraged me to pursue my Ed.D. and thus, here I am. I do believe that the philosophy of servant leadership is best. By supporting and fostering those around you, the professional staff will feel engaged and empowered, thus leading to a sustainable vision. That is what kept me at Saint Elizabeth's."

Conn, who is in her 10th year teaching at Parsippany Hills High School in Parsippany N.J., has been an educator for 14 years. She has 10 years of experience in business prior to that, at Chubb Insurance Company.

The doctoral program at CSE, which is dedicated to preparing leaders who are committed to social justice and ethical practice, began in August 2007. "Integrated into all course work and learning activities are the central values and beliefs necessary for school leaders to function as morally purposeful stewards for their school communities," states John Crews, Ed.D., CSE educational leadership program chair. "This philosophy of servant leadership represents a major shift from the traditional paradigm of school leaders as managers of resources, which is so prevalent in today's practices."

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey, the College of Saint Elizabeth enrolls more than 1,500 full- and part-time students in more than 25 undergraduate, 10 graduate and two doctoral degree programs; an Ed.D.in educational leadership and a Psy.D. in counseling psychology. For information on other activities or programs, visit the College of Saint Elizabeth web site at www.cse.edu.