The School of Strategic Leadership Studies Ph.D. program was established in 2009 and awarded its first degree four years later.


years of SSLS excellence

Faculty Highlights
  • The 2024 Provost Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising was awarded to Professor and Director Margaret Sloan.
  • Margaret Sloan, director, professor and advisor of community and nonprofit leadership and a co-author, had a new textbook, “Financial Leadership for the Arts,” accepted for pre-publication. Subtitled "Sustainable Strategies for Creative Organizations," the book's purpose is to "prepare leaders in the arts to make the best possible decisions" for the financial viability of the organizations they represent.
  • Adam Vanhove has been selected as the 2023 College of Business Madison Scholar.
  • Associate Professor Adam Vanhove, and doctoral candidates Tatjana Titareva and Brooke Graham, had their paper, “Classification performance of supervised machine learning to predict HRM outcomes: A meta-analysis using cross-classified multilevel modeling” designated as a “Best Paper in the HR Division” by the Academy of Management (AoM). 
  • Nara Yoon is the recipient of the Provost's Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship for 2023.
  • The 2023 Accenture Professional Service Award was awarded to director and professor, Margaret Sloan, in recognition of her dedication to her profession and discipline.
JMU faculty media experts

James Madison University employs some of the world's best researchers and experts in their fields of interest, and SSLS faculty are represented amongst these individuals. These faculty have extensive media experience and bring unique perspectives and expertise to their fields.

Ben Selznick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Ben Selznick’s most recent article was featured in Forbes magazine and examines sorority life in U.S. colleges and how they can support or hinder a students educational development.

Adam Vanhove, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Adam Vanhove shared his thoughts with PR Newswire with regards to key implications for understanding leadership.

Positions recently held by alumni
  • Senior Project Specialist, Mercy Corps
  • Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of State
  • Chief of Staff, McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia
  • President, North Idaho College
  • Principal, Bluebox Consulting
  • Principal, StoneWave Consulting

Learn more about our alumni, their research, and current roles on the alumni page.

Over 75 percent 
of alumni hold senior-level leadership roles 

Over 50 percent 
of students enrolled in 2023-24
presented or published original research during their time in the program

Almost 20 percent 
of students receive job promotions during their time in the program

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