Principal Investigator

Dr. John P. Dugan

John currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Higher Education graduate program at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches courses on leadership, student development theory, and multiculturalism for social justice. John’s research interests focus on the influences of higher education in shaping college students’ involvement and leadership development with a specific emphasis on marginalized voices and ideas. John currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL), an international research program examining the influences of higher education on socially responsible leadership and other educational outcomes (e.g., efficacy, resilience, social perspective-taking, identity development). To date more than 250 institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Jamaica have participated in the study yielding over 300,000 college student participants. John’s research has generated 24 printed or in press publications (e.g., refereed articles, books, and book chapters), more than 60 presentations at national and international conferences. John is a past recipient of the ACPA: College Educators International Burns B. Crookston Doctoral Research Award, Nevitt Sanford Award for Research in Student Affairs, and was named an Emerging Professional Annuit Coeptis. Additionally, the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) recognized John as the Melvene Hardee Dissertation of the Year Runner Up and the NASPA Knowledge Community for Student Leadership awarded him the 2009 award for Outstanding Student Leadership Research.

Project Consultants

Dr. Susan R. Komives

Susan is Professor Emeritus in the College Student Personnel Administration program at the University of Maryland, immediate past president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, and a former President of the American College Personnel Association. She served as Vice President of two colleges and is the author of a dozen books or monographs including Student ServicesExploring Leadership, Leadership for A Better World, and the Handbook for Student Leadership Development. She was a member of the teams that wrote Learning Reconsidered and the ensemble that developed the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. She is a co-founder of the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, a former senior scholar with the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Leadership Association. She is the 2011 recipient of the University of Maryland Board of Regent’s Award for Faculty Teaching and the NASPA Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a graduate faculty member. A recipient of both the ACPA and NASPA outstanding research and scholarship awards, her research includes a grounded theory on Leadership Identity Development and the international Multi-institutional Study of Leadership. She is the 2012 recipient of the ACPA Life Time Achievement Award.


Dr. Matthew Johnson

Matthew is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University and teaches graduate courses in leadership.  His research interests center on leadership, civic engagement, and diversity.  He has worked in co-curricular leadership development programs at the University of Maryland and Miami University.  He received a Ph.D. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland with a focus on leadership and civic engagement in a multicultural context.  Matthew has published numerous articles related to leadership development and has worked with the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership since 2009.  He is the recipient of the 2012 Jon C. Dalton Dissertation of the Year Award, which used MSL data to explore the development of college students’ civic identity.

Dr. Julie E. Owen (Institutional Survey)

Julie is an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Integrative Studies at New Century College, George Mason University, where she teaches courses on socially responsible leadership, civic engagement, and community-based research. She is a Research Scholar for the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs and is co-editor of the Handbook for Student Leadership Development. She is active on several national research teams, including serving as a project consultant for the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) and a research team member of the Leadership Identity Development (LID) project. She is a frequent presenter, consultant, and keynote speaker on topics related to leadership, social change, and organizational development.

Owen is the 2005 recipient of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, the 2008 recipient of the CAS research grant, a 2011 ACPA Annuit Coeptis initiate, and a 2012 Mason teaching excellence award winner. She has assumed leadership roles in numerous professional associations including ACPA: College Educators International and the International Leadership Association (ILA). Owen received her B.A. degree (1993) in psychology and English from the College of William and Mary, and her M. Ed. (1996) in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University. She holds a certificate of non-profit administration from Duke University (2000) and received her PhD (2008) in college student personnel at the University of Maryland, College Park.