The baccalaureate degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies (LOS) combines a liberal arts program with the study of how organizations operate and how leadership functions. It emphasizes the critical need to understand and work with people, the dynamics of change, the interdisciplinary nature of organizational operations, and the practical application of theories and leadership concepts. Drawing on faculty from diverse backgrounds, leadership and organizational studies is designed to prepare students for work in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017


Volunteer Recruitment and Retention in Maine Performing Arts Organizations, Adam P. Blais


Shared Leadership in Marriage, Emily M. Butterfield


Building Authentic Leadership Potential: The Benefits of Short-Term Study Abroad Programs, Samantha Clapp


Unconscious Bias in Leadership Decision-Making, David K. Davis


Citizen Perceptions of Minor Changes to the Police Patrol Uniform, Lucas J. Hallett


Resolving Homelessness in Maine: Perspectives from the Homeless, Lucas M. Labbe


Animal Welfare: Measuring Strategies for Improving Lives, Elsbeth Paige-Jeffers


The Exploration of Extremophile Bacteriophage-Host Systems for the Expression of Immunogens of Borrelia burgdorferi, Max Reinhold

Healthcare Simulation Assessment Tool Development: Feedback For Improving Student Performance, Katharine H. Roy

Cisgender Superiority and its Impact on the Careers of Gender Non-Conforming and Transgender Workers, Anna K. Schwartz

Theses/Dissertations from 2016


Rural Brain Drain: A Quantitative Study of the Potential Impact on the Youth in Rural Aroostook County, Jill Bouchard Cairns


Planting the Seed: A Qualitative Study of Theodore Roosevelt's Transformational Leadership in the Roots, Adam Conti


Communication Efficacy Using Technology within Virtual Teams, Jeremy DaRos


Engagement, gamification, and workplace satisfaction: A convergent study of user indicators, Josiah J. Eikelboom


Views of Trust and Perceptions of Performance In Nursing Teams, Neil James


Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Homeless Veterans in the State of Maine, Sean E. Joyce


Effectiveness of High-Fidelity Simulation in Changing Citizens’ Attitudes Toward Police, Jeffrey A. Pardue


Leadership within Collegiate Student Organizations: Does Membership Contribute to Leadership Development?, Shawn Plante


Meta-Analysis Review on the Value of Organizational Support for Employee Work-Life Balance: A Call to Leaders, Suzette N. Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2015


Where Did All the Young People Go? Can the Organizations of the State of Maine Re-Enlist It's Native Youth?, Tyler Norman McPherson

Few Carrots and No Sticks: Exploring the Efforts of those in Curricular Support Roles to Lead Change from within Shared Governance Structures at Selective Liberal Arts Colleges, L. Jason Parkhill


4-H Leadership Development in Southern Maine: Community Clubs vs. School/Afterschool Clubs, Laura Personette




Leadership in Adult Education, Monique Roy


Motivating the Generations: Implications for the Higher Education Workplace, Jennifer Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 2014


Succession Planning in Family-owned Businesses, Alexandra Burns

Lance Edward Armstrong: An Exposition of Cancer, Power, Influence, Coercion, and Narcissism, George Edward Fish


A Leader’s Role: Defining the Spectrum of Employee Engagement, Trevor E. Grondin


An Examination of Support Structures to Encourage Persistence through Graduation at Central Maine Community College, Sonya G. Sampson


Teaching Transformation: Emerging Leaders at McAuley Residence, Melissa Skahan

Theses/Dissertations from 2013


Leadership development for pro-environmental behavior Utilizing peer to peer communication and learning: An academic pilot project, Mark Wayne Carrera


Shared Leadership in Higher Education: A Phenomenological Case-Study of the Impact of Shared Leadership on the Admission and Transfer Staff at a Regional Comprehensive State University, Christopher William Fox

Determining Leadership Effectiveness Amid Economic Realities, Sky Kwasnick

Leadership in Children’s Media: Recognizable and reinforcable?, Lee Michael Morin

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

Lead Well: Personal Wellness in Leadership, Danielle Elizabeth Bernier


Can Curriculum Changes Improve the Deliverables the Business Studies Departments of Maine’s Community Colleges Provide its Stakeholders?, Jack Buckley


Design from Within: A Resident-Based Approach to Nursing Home Design, Maureen D. Carland

Women in Leadership Roles in Male Dominated Careers, Meredith Dunn

Searching for…Trust: The High-Stakes Search Committee Experience, Michelle E. Dustin

Distance Learning Programs in Academia: An examination of factors that lead to student success and persistence., Jenni Hebert

Peer Advising: A Case for the Necessity of a Peer Advising Center at Central Maine Community College, Sheila Lawlor

Formal Orientation: An Evaluation of the Value Added Aspect for a Formal Orientation Program for Non-Certificated Staff at the Auburn School Department, Rosalind Walton

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

Teacher Leadership in Public Schools: Teacher Leadership Development and Its Impact on Public Schools, Joyce Bucciantini

Mothers in Formal Positions of Leadership: Their needs for accommodations in managing dual roles of leader and parent, Kimberly D. Grover

Training Quality Trainers, Rebecca Johnson

“Actually…I look at her sometimes:” Adolescent Somali Girls’ Leadership Identity Development, Julia Sleeper


The Importance of Effective Listening Skills: Implications for the Workplace and Dealing with Difficult People, Amy Ogrodnik Sullivan

Women Leadership: The Balance of Work and Family Life: A Women's Leadership Conference Proposal, Eileen Wisnewski

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

Police Effectiveness in Androscoggin County, Andrew D'Eramo

A Qualitative Study of Maine Volunteer Lake Monitors’ Environmental Values and Motivations, James Entwood

Leadership: Core Competency Models in Healthcare, Pearl M. Ivey


Positive Connection Leads to Student Success, Diane C. Leavitt

Cultural and Behavioral Considerations for Success in Online Education, Ingo-Heinz Neethling


The Need for Effective Leadership Training Programs in Maine’s Volunteer Fire Services, Daniel Philbrick


A Passion for Peace: An Examination of Prudential Leadership Applied to Jimmy Carter's Middle East Peace Accomplishments, Lynelle Philbrick

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

Puritans and Princesses: Examining Leadership Through Genealogy, Ann Marie Bartoo

Expanding Horizons for Community College Students: A Travel and Transfer Initiative on the Road to a Baccalaureate Degree, Pauline Moreau

An Improved Police Response for Juveniles in Crisis A Collaborative Approach Shared Leadership in Practice, Jonathan J. Shapiro

Peer Graduate Mentor Program, Lisa Sweet

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

Somali Community Leadership and Conflict Management, Omar Ahmed

Leadership Development in Maine Public Middle School Classrooms, Angela Jean Herrick Bordeaux


Constraints to Exercising Leadership in the Call Center Environment, Karen M. Chouinard

Women's Perceptions of Leadership: The Effect of National Cultures and the Dimension of Masculinity/Femininity, Kristen Sarah Cloutier

Promoting and Sustaining Lean Initiatives, Patrick Connell

Shared Leadership in Self-Directed Teams, Catherine Foyt

Positive Youth Leadership and Community Engagement Development in an Intergenerational Dialogue Process, Holly Lasagna

How Leadership in Healthcare, Education, and Social Services Influences Feelings of Empowerment in Parents of Children With Developmental Disabilities, Jean Youde

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

Building the Bridge As We Walk On It: Using New Science to Reveal Leadership Capacity, PJ Mears