Doctorate Courses

AAD 629: Organization Theories in Arts Administration
This course examines an array of contemporary approaches to building the economic, physical, and social dimensions of cities structured around creativity, culture, and the arts. Historical underpinnings, trajectories, and problems of these approaches are explored through lectures, readings, student research, and discussions. Creative cities, the creative class, creative placemaking, and the like as “new” ways to further urban development have gained popularity yet remain problematic and raise important issues in how cities develop and how different people in those cities experience these approaches.

AAD 655: Cultural Policy
Arts and culture institutions operate in complex environments with policies that shape the kinds of artistic creations that are created, produced, disseminated, marketed, funded and preserved. What are these policies in the United States? Who are the policy actors? Who implements policy? Who enforces policy? How do you create new policies? 

This course explores regulatory and provisionary areas of public policy as well as cultural policy specifically. Historical and contemporary policy issues related to arts education, creative economy, cultural facility infrastructure, employment, equity, funding, and preservation will be investigated.

AAD 665: Creative Cities, Creative Placemaking, & Community Vibrancy
Organization theory examines the inner workings of institutions in an attempt to understand organization functionality.  For this course, theories are drawn from numerous disciplines including arts management, business administration, nonprofit management, and public administration.  Additionally, theories may be classical, foundational, modern, postmodern, and/or critical. Specifically, this course explores various organizational theories that are relevant to running and studying nonprofit arts organizations. Through readings and critical analysis, students will establish a conceptual framework in which to design a research study.

AAD 720: Sustaining Leadership in the Arts
This course offers a theoretical and practical understanding of leadership for arts and cultural organizations. Students will be exposed to various leadership theories, models, and issues from many different fields, such as arts management, business administration, nonprofit management, and public administration with a specific attention given to running arts and cultural organizations.  Sustaining Leadership in the Arts also explores emerging, critical, and contemporary leadership issues including diversity, equity, and inclusion in arts and cultural leadership. 

AAD 767: Dissertation Residency Credit (2 credits)
Residency credit for dissertation research after the qualifying comprehensive examination. Students may register for this course in the semester of the qualifying examination. A minimum of two semesters are required as well as continuous enrollment (Fall and Spring) until the dissertation is completed and defended.

AAD 790: Arts & Culture Research Studies
Arts & Culture Research Studies explores various types of research studies done in the field of arts and culture. Both empirical and theoretical research in many different areas, such as management, governance, leadership, financial management, fundraising, marketing, programming and evaluation, human resources management, audience and community development, cultural economics, and cultural policy will be examined. 

The types of research studies explored in this course will include white papers, research papers (articles), books (and book chapters), and websites (emphasis on visual elements). Studies included in this course are from many different fields, such as arts management, business administration, nonprofit management, and public administration but focus on topics in arts and culture management, administration, and policies. By reading and analyzing a number of studies in many different foci, students will be able to gain a broad understanding of arts and culture research and to shape their future research. 

Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation Courses

EPE/EDP 557: Gathering, Using and Analyzing Educational Data I
This course is rooted in the conceptual understanding of statistics and covers applications of statistical and graphical methods for educational and evaluation data. Basic descriptive statistics, correlation, normal distributions and hypothesis testing will be covered. An emphasis is placed on exploratory data analysis and interpretation of results within the broad contexts of education and evaluation. Statistical literacy exercises will be used for comprehension and application of materials. In addition, applications of statistical software will be demonstrated.

EPE 619: Survey Research
Survey research is one of the most common and useful methods for gathering data in educational research. Obtaining valid and reliable research results requires the administration of instruments that provide valid and reliable measures of the variables selected for observation. This course will focus on principles of measurement and procedures for developing a variety of survey instruments and for determining their validity and reliability. It is designed to teach students both how to improve the questions and design instruments. The theory and practice of survey research relies on contributions from disciplines such as psychology, sociology, statistics, and computer science. 

The purpose of this course is to familiarize participants with basic features of the design and implementation of surveys, and acquaint them with some principles and underlying theory from disciplines that have traditionally used surveys most heavily. The course will cover the major stages of the survey process, including hypothesis and problem formulation, study design, sampling, questionnaire design, interviewing techniques, pretesting, modes of data collection, and data cleaning, management, and analysis The course involves lectures, readings, and discussions. 

Students are encouraged to bring materials related to their own research interests. The course will provide an overview of the theoretical and experimental literature related to question and questionnaire design as well as focusing on practical issues in the design, critique, and interpretation of survey questions that are often not taught in formal courses. There will be exercises both in and outside of class to reinforce both theory and practice.

EPE/EDP 620: Introduction to Evaluation
An examination of a subset of evaluation methods, topics, and problems. An introductory course in the area with minimal emphasis on quantitative methods. The course is designed to: provide a perspective from which evaluation studies may be viewed; and, to provide experiences for those who will learn from or conduct evaluations.

EPE 663: Field Studies in Educational Settings
Field research in an educational setting. Questions of theory, method, and application examined. Students plan and implement a study under faculty supervision.

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