On behalf of the faculty of the Department of Leadership Studies, I would like to welcome you to our Website. We are eager to help you learn more about our Department’s programs in organizational leadership, public safety/criminal justice, and public safety leadership. As you read through these materials, I believe you will discover a Department that is inspired by the richness of Mercer University’s traditions. Our mission is to help students learn to think more effectively as leaders. Please contact us if we can provide additional information about our department.
The Department of Leadership Studies faculty is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Both graduate and undergraduate students have opportunities to work with faculty on leadership projects, internships, comprehensive course work, and student-faculty research. Faculty are also actively engaged with the community through service, many community agencies and organizations, including conducting research and program evaluation, serving on boards and committees, and providing continuing education for agency staff. Students have the opportunity to become engaged in the community through service-learning experiences, volunteer experiences, and field internships.
The Department offers undergraduate programs in organizational leadership and public safety, and a minor in public safety. We also offer a Master of Science degree program in public safety leadership. The Department also offers certificates for completion in foundational leadership, leadership practices for the medical profession, and a public safety leadership. Each major program is led by a program coordinator that reports to the Chair.
The leadership team is:
- Lynn W. Clemons, Associate Professor and Chair
- Richard R. Bohannon, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Organizational Leadership
- Gail W. Johnson, Assistant Professor of Leadership
- Thomas E. Kail, Professor of Leadership and Applied Studies
- Richard Martin, Associate Professor of Public Safety
- Stephen Ruegger, Associate Professor of Public Safety
- V. Lynn Tankersley, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Public Safety and Public Safety Leadership
- Charles Weston, Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Safety
Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership
B.A., University of Georgia, 1976; M.A., Pepperdine University, 1981; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2006