Dean Profile: Dr. Kelly Flores, School of Applied Leadership

Dean Profile: Dr. Kelly Flores, School of Applied Leadership

Dr. Kelly Flores is experienced at incorporating proven practices from business and academia and translating them into practical, applied leadership strategies that change the way people lead. She has worked to empower leaders from all walks of life to integrate innovative ideas and practical leadership methods through theory, reflection, and critical analysis. Learn more about Dr. Flores, Dean of CityU’s School of Applied Leadership.

Q: What is your terminal degree in and where did you get it from?
A: I have a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix Online.

Q: What is the vision of the School of Applied Leadership?
A: The School of Applied Leadership aspires to be a local and global catalyst for leadership conversation, education, and innovation. Faculty members empower learners to become intentional and inspired leaders who integrate innovative ideas and proven practices with theory, reflection, and critical analysis. We harness the power of collective intelligence to achieve high performance and active engagement through collaboration and data-driven decision-making.

Q: What is your role within the university as the dean of the School of Applied Leadership?
A: My role is to ensure student success in all our leadership programs. This includes ensuring that students get high-quality instruction, curriculum, and support every step of the way. My role is also to research and develop programs to meet the leadership demands and prepare our current and future leaders.

Q: What do you do for fun?
A: I spend quite a bit of time with my husband and three boys: Isaiah, 9; Roman, 9; and Micah, 6. We enjoy the outdoors – rollerblading, hiking, riding bikes, rowing, and swimming. We also train together as a family in martial arts. I am preparing to take my 2nd degree black belt exam in January 2016. I also enjoy spending my late evenings by the fire reading books.

Q: Which Classes do you teach?
A: I teach leadership classes primarily in the doctoral program, including:

Q: Why did you decide to go into education?
A: My experience spans across corporate, non-profit, and higher education industries. While I am by nature a “business woman,” my passion was ignited in higher education – helping others to achieve their dreams and watch their passions ignite. In this role as Dean, I get to harness both my strength in business and my passion in education in meaningful ways as I watch our students grow and excel in their leadership roles.

Q: Why do you enjoy serving students at CityU?
A: I am intrigued by the lives and experiences of the students who attend our leadership programs. They are lifelong learners, continuing to grow in their own leadership, while also learning how to develop and inspire the future generations of leaders. They richly add to the discussions by sharing their diverse experiences and lessons learned along the way. I have the privilege of learning alongside our students as we each pursue parallel (yet different) paths of learning, growth, and continuous improvement.

Q: What is one thing that you tell students about your School?
A: Our leadership programs are designed to meet our students where they are and help them to achieve even more than they thought possible. Our top-notch instructors challenge our students to give their very best so that they may truly grow and change to be the leaders they want to be. Our curriculum is streamlined, rigorous, and flexible, ensuring that our students can take what they are learning and apply it in their workplaces the very next day.

Q: Any fond memories City University of Seattle memories that you would like to share?
A: I will never forget the joy of watching our first two doctoral students walk across the stage and be hooded as newly minted doctoral graduates. All their hard work and diligence paid off as they achieved their dream of completing a doctorate.

Q: What might you tell a student who was thinking of taking one of the classes in your School?
A: We will be with you every step of the way. We will support you, encourage you, stretch you, and help you achieve more than you thought possible. You will be changed – for the better – as you complete our leadership programs.

Q: What is something you’ve learned from end-of-course evaluations that you applied on?
A: We review the end of course evaluations every quarter in the School of Applied Leadership, and have made many changes in our curriculum, our instruction, our support, and our approach to teaching and learning based on this feedback. This focus on continuous feedback has paid off, as our students have indicated that they are highly satisfied with our programs and instruction.

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Published April 14, 2015



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