Curriculum from Catalog 2010 - Spring Semester 2011
MA in Servant Leadership Program: 32 credits
Core (Required) Courses: 18 credits
These core courses provide participants with an overview and grounding in the philosophy, theology, and practice of servant leadership. Elective courses, contracts, portfolios, and practicum allow participants to focus on areas relevant to their particular calling, interests, and needs.
SVLD 601 Servant Leadership Theory and Practice: 3 credits
By examining the foundations of servant leadership in scripture, theology, and the experience of the people of God, participants may begin to identify and understand their own ways of leading and the gifts and skills that they bring to leadership for the common good so that they may set goals for developing them. The course should help participants answer these questions: What are the virtues of a servant leader? If I am to be a servant leader, what type of person would I need to be, and how would I need to act?
SVLD 602 Theological and Philosophical Foundations of Servant Leadership: 3 credits
A rich spiritual life is necessary for a person to lead from within. Therefore, this course will help participants practice essential methods of theological reflection pertinent to servant leadership: the study of scripture, the analysis of key documents, reflective writing, and discernment of case studies. Participants will also practice modes of prayer and meditation that may be continuing sources of renewal and lead to decisions and courses of action.
SVLD 603 The Art of Leadership: 3 credits
The Art of Leadership should help participants understand organizational cultures, the dynamics of power and change, and the aesthetics of leadership. In pursuit of the common good, the true, and the beautiful, the participants will have the opportunity to develop skills to lead effectively.
SVLD 604 Ethical Decision Making for the Common Good: 3 credits
This course is aimed at providing a framework to help participants make the hard moral decisions that face servant leaders if they are to promote the common good. This course will emphasize classical ethical theory and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Application will be made to practical issues faced by people in leadership positions. We will also look at the way in which traditional conceptions of the “good” find expression in the characteristics of the servant leader, especially in relation to awareness, foresight, stewardship, and commitment to the growth of people.
SVLD 605 – Colloquium, 1 or 2 Cr.
As a culmination of their work, participants will prepare a paper that synthesizes their learning from courses, experience, practicum, and reflection during the program. They will present their findings at a seminar and facilitate a discussion around the presentation. Advisor permission required.
SVLD 605 – Colloquium, 2 Cr.
As a culmination of their work, participants will complete a scholarly project in servant leadership. This project will continue from the work previously completed in SVLD 610. The students will present finding from their research project as a formal written paper and at a seminar to their peers. Prerequisites: 601, 602, 610, advisor permission required.
Effective Fall 2011 for students entering in the 2010-2011 catalog.
SVLD 610 – Methods of Leadership Research, 3 Cr.
In this course participants will read and discuss the current literature in servant leadership and trends in servant leadership research. Research methods relevant to servant leadership will be presented and analyzed. From readings and previous course material, students will work with a faculty mentor to complete a literature review on a topic in servant leadership, and propose a scholarly project. This literature review and research design will be presented as a formal paper and to peers in seminar format for discussion.
Prerequisite: 601 or 602.
Elective Courses: 15 credits
Student are required to take nine credits of electives as coursework. The other nine elective credits may be taken in four ways: through other elective courses, independent study contracts, portfolios, or transfer of credits from another graduate program.
This list of electives will undergo constant development and expansion, depending on identified needs of the participants in the program.
SVLD 650 Building Community: 3 credits
One of the key characteristics of servant-leaders is facility in building community while respecting and supporting the diverse gifts of individuals. This course will examine the dynamics of community, ways of nurturing community development, finding core values, healing divisions, and facilitating change in congregations and other organizations.
SVLD 651 Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution: 3 credits
This course will examine the theories and practices of peacemaking and conflict resolution at the personal, communal and societal levels. Particular emphasis will be placed on how the characteristics of servant leadership and the legacy of St. Francis contribute to a more peaceful and just world.
SVLD 653 Ritual & Celebration: 3 credits
Rituals and celebrations form our core identities as we live and work within community. Servant-Leaders are asked to lead people in appropriate reflection, rituals and celebrations within each community they serve. This course will explore meditation, prayer, and a discipline of self-reflection as well as help participants create and facilitate rituals that celebrate important moments in community and practice leading others in those celebrations.
SVLD 655 Stewardship: Franciscan Theology of Environmental Stewardship: 3 credits
At the heart of a Franciscan theology of environment is the notion of ecological stewardship—a responsibility and opportunity to embrace the cosmic earth story with an attitude of care for the planetary household of God. Stewardship understood in this way is another key characteristic of a servant leader. This course will examine ecological guidelines for behavior (ethos) for the household (oikos), and explore the relationship between environmental justice and issues of social justice.
SVLD 657 Prophetic Leadership: 3 credits
The prophet is called and calls others to read the signs of the times. Prophetic Leadership is genuinely involved in the social, economic, and political realities of the communities they serve. This course will examine prophetic voices throughout history. Participants will discern and discover their won prophetic voice in leadership and the courage of their own conviction.
SVLD 656 Practicum: 2 to 8 credits
The practicum offers participants the opportunity to apply the skills and learning from their course work. The nature of the practicum will depend on the participant’s interests, goals, and preparation. Participants will select and craft their practicum in close consultation with their adviser. This experience should lead the participants to create new programs, try new approaches to problems, or take a fresh look at challenging situations that confront them as servant leaders who are trying to draw others to foster the common good.
Note Well: The practicum will be completed through an independent study contract unless it is part of a portfolio. For instance, a practicum is a required element of clinical pastoral education programs, the Spiritual Direction Preparation Program, and programs preparing permanent deacons.
SVLD 588 Independent Study Independent Study
The MA in Servant Leadership seeks to meet the needs of adult learners. All students will participate in the core courses described above, and while some students’ program may include mostly elective course work taken through Viterbo University, other students may choose to construct a program consisting largely of contracts for individualized work or a mixture of elective courses and contracts. Contracts are composed in close coordination with the student’s adviser. In composing contracts, the central question should be: Will this contract for individualized work significantly contribute to my development as a servant leadership in the context in which I work/minister or wish to work or minister?
Credits for each contract are assigned on the basis of the amount and scope of the study required. Contracts may include: professional seminars and workshops, independent reading and research, courses at other institutions, or some combination of all of these.
Students will receive thorough instruction and practice in composing contracts during Orientation to Servant Leadership course.
All contracts must be composed of:
- The goals and objectives of the contract
- The means taken to meet the goals and objectives: in other words, what will be done during the contract and how many credits will be awarded if the contract is completed. Here students should list the sort and scope of work to be done, the qualifications of professionals with whom they will work. Included would be brochures and schedules of seminars or workshops, and so on.
- A list of progress measures that the student and adviser will use to evaluate the student’s completion of the contract: for example, research papers, annotated bibliographies, articles written, certificates of completion, reflection papers, evaluated presentations, grades, and so on.
- An integrating essay that highlights the major results of the contract and how the contract contributed to helping the student become a servant leader
- An adviser evaluation.
All contracts are graded as Credit/No Credit.
SVLD 593 Portfolio Credits
Credits may be awarded for significant, relevant, previous experiences that bear directly on being a servant leader in the workplace or ministry. The portfolio is an MA student’s self-prepared record of prior learning in the areas of professional training or personal and professional experiences.
While thorough instructions about preparing the portfolio-for-credit will be given during the Orientation to Servant Leadership course, all portfolios will be prepared in close consultation with an adviser. After portfolio(s) for credit have been prepared, the student will present the portfolio to two faculty members and his or her adviser for approval of credits. All portfolios for credit will then be submitted for final approval to the academic vice-president.
Here is an example of how two students might construct a portfolio-for-credit that contains some of the typical components of a portfolio.
Example 1: In the past year, before entering the MA program, a student designed and implemented a program of service learning among youth in a congregation. If they wished portfolio credit, their portfolio might include most if not all of these parts:
- A thorough outline and description of the youth program’s goals, implementation, and evaluation.
- A position paper describing why the program was significantly new and different from other programs.
- An explanation of how the work on this youth program fulfills the stated mission and objectives of the MA in Servant Leadership Program.
- The scope of the program vis-à-vis time requirements, numbers of people involved, and so on.
- Commentary by an observer or evaluator of the program.
- A summary integration paper reflecting on the experience.
- An article about the program that may be submitted to a newspaper.
Example 2: A participant in the Spiritual Direction Preparation Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse who wanted credit by portfolio for completion of the three-year training might include these parts to her or his portfolio:
- A thorough description of the three year program, including brochures from the Center.
- A summary of the qualifications of all members of the staff and presenters.
- All the book reports, evaluations of supervisors, annual evaluations, documentation of having completed the verbatim, and the final certificate awarded by the Center.
- An evaluation by the staff supervisor.
- Documentation of attendance at monthly spiritual direction.
- A summary integration paper reflecting on the experience.
- Some creative article, presentation, or brochure explaining spiritual direction.
MA participants may wish to consider earning elective credits by portfolio through these excellent programs:
The Spiritual Direction Preparation Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse:
Those interested in preparing for the ministry of spiritual direction may wish to earn elective credits by portfolio by participating in this program. Contact:
Spiritual Direction Preparation Program
Franciscan Spirituality Center
920 Market Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
The Diocesan School of Biblical Studies:
Anyone who wishes a concentration in biblical studies may want to consider participating. The full program takes four years to complete, but portfolio credits may be earned for each year completed. For more information, contact:
Diocesan School of Biblical Studies
Roncalli Newman Center
1732 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Clinical Pastoral Education at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare:
Those seeking to prepare for ministry, especially in healthcare, may want to consider earning units through this program. Contact:
Franciscan Skemp Healthcare
Clinical Pastoral Education Programs
526 South 10th Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 791-9444 ext. 4836
(800) 362-5454 ext. 4836
SVLD 786 – Special Topics, 1–4 credits, Special topics courses of variable credit are developed depending on participant need and interest. Some special topics courses have been: Mentoring and Leadership, and Empathy and Imagination. May be repeated for credit.
SVLD786: Special Topics-Servant Leadership and Global Change will be available for the 2011 Spring Semester
SVLD786: Special Topics-Servant Leadership and Global Change, 3 credits, on-line beginning January 17, 2011.
The challenges communities and organizations face often reflect, refract, and interact with a range of global forces at work in the world today. In order to evaluate the prospects and ambiguities of servant-led social change in the twenty-first century, this course will analyze how the very real and often contentious political, economic, and cultural processes of globalization affect the diverse local contexts in which participants currently serve.
Students may transfer up to nine credits into the MA program. Requests to transfer credits should be directed to the director of the MA in Servant Leadership program.
Determining Credits for Contracts, Portfolios, and the Practicum
Two standard criteria apply to determining credits:
The University grants one graduate credit when there are 15 contact or classroom hours and a minimum of two hours of outside, non-classroom, or non-contact work for each of the 15 contact hours: In other words 15 classroom hours + 30 non-classroom hours (reading, research, writing, etc.) = 45 hours = one graduate credit.
Thus, for two credits, 90 hours of work would be required. So, for example, if a participant wants to include two seminars of 10 hours each for a total of 20 hours into a two-credit contract, she or he would need to include at least an additional 70 hours of non-seminar work.
For the practicum, in which experience is the primary method of learning, 60 hours of work is needed to be granted one credit. So, to gain one credit for a practicum in pastoral ministry requires that the participant work 60 hours in supervised ministry.