Interdisciplinary Degree Programs Can Lead To Real-World Solutions

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Creighton University’s Dr. Isabelle Cherney will discuss the benefits of interdepartmental collaboration at upcoming conference

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The Graduate Dean Conference is an excellent opportunity for all of us to compare notes on experiences and continue to define and refine the collaborative process.

Collaboration across disciplines and departments to design and teach programs can result in new and exciting work, potentially leading to ideas that can solve problems in society and around the world. Isabelle D. Cherney, Ph.D., associate dean of Creighton University’s Graduate School and director of the interdisciplinary Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Leadership, will present a talk exploring those ideas as part of the upcoming Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities’ Graduate Dean Conference at Loyola University Chicago March 8-10, 2012.

Dr. Cherney notes that while higher education institutions know the value of interdisciplinary programs, it can be difficult to create enthusiasm for them in academic cultures that are resistant to change. In her talk, she will present strategies and tools that can help key players successfully guide and lead planning, development, and implementation across disciplines within the Jesuit/Catholic intellectual context and tradition.

“The results of interdisciplinary programs can be truly exciting for both students and faculty, and absolutely worth the effort it takes to develop them,” said Dr. Cherney. “The Graduate Dean Conference is an excellent opportunity for all of us to compare notes on experiences and continue to define and refine the collaborative process.”

For her session, “Interdisciplinary Initiatives at Jesuit Colleges and Universities,” Dr. Cherney will use examples and lessons learned during her experience creating and implementing the Ed.D. program at Creighton. Taught by faculty members from the fields of arts and sciences, business, pharmacy and health professions, medicine, and law, the program offers an inclusive view of leadership that can be applied to any industry, especially business, education, and health care. Coursework builds on Creighton’s Catholic and Jesuit tradition of social justice, self-reflection, and service to others to create ethical, extraordinary leaders prepared to drive transformational change at their organizations. Offered in the convenient and flexible online format, the program is designed for working adults and allows them to organize their studies around their busy schedules.

To learn more about the online Ed.D., go to or call 866.717.6365.

About Creighton University
Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., enrolls more than 4,200 undergraduate and 3,500 professional school and graduate students. Nationally recognized for providing a balanced educational experience, the University offers a rigorous academic agenda with a broad range of disciplines, providing undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs that emphasize educating the whole person: academically, socially and spiritually. Creighton has been a top-ranked Midwestern university in the college edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine for more than 20 years. For more information, visit our website at


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