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Academic Advising

Governors State University provides professional Academic Advisors to serve the needs of all of its candidates. Your program's Academic Advisors are the ideal first contacts for:

    • Individuals considering application to this degree program.
    • Newly admitted candidates who need to develop a plan of study.
    • Continuing candidates who have questions or comments on program policies, procedures, and requirements.


The Academic Advisor for the Interdisciplinary Leadership Ed.D. program is Ms. Carla Johnson. She can be reached via email at or by phone at 708.235.3989. Her office is located in G378.

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    Jeremy Larson, INLD doctoral student

    The GSU doctoral interdisciplinary program has equipped me to work with organizations and stakeholders throughout my community and region. When I began the program, I was under the strong assumption that K12 education administration should be a stand-alone program. As I am coming to an end on my program, I realize the impact working through an interdisciplinary approach has had on my communication and strategic planning. I value my experiences through this program because they strongly challenged my views on education. School leaders cannot work alone. We must work as community leaders.

  • Matthew-Cooney

    Dr. Matt Cooney, Assistant Professor in Higher Education Administration

    As a faculty member in the INLD Program, I work with students to co-create learning experiences that enhance their professional practice of leadership while simultaneously examining how their individual, group, and societal values impact how leadership manifests within various organizational contexts.

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