Dr. Mandy Capel Presents at LINC Luncheon

February 28, 2013


ALLIANCE, Ohio — Dr. Mandy Capel, assistant professor of education at the University of Mount Union, presented The Ethical and Moral Challenges of Today’s Leadership at the LINC luncheon on Tuesday, February 26.

During her presentation, Capel discussed the growth of Mount Union’s Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) degree, the challenges of 21st century school leadership and the importance of uniting ethical, moral and innovative ideas in new and traditional leadership styles.

Capel discussed Howard Gardner’s “5 Minds for the Future,” focusing on the ethical mind and how this fits into the responsibilities of schools. She discussed how today’s policy-driven education system for future educators undermines the preparation their students need to think in an innovative fashion and build a connection with their community.

"School leader preparation programs need an equalizer to the stringent requirements,” she said. “We need to provide leaders with courses that work on the development of thinking skills, an examination of their personal and professional ethics and strategies that help with the development of creative and innovative habits of mind."

Capel described Mount Union as a university that held true to the values and traditions it has always been known for while embracing innovation and creativity in its academic climate. She knew the creative atmosphere would allow her the opportunity to grow as an educator, a learner and a human being.

Mount Union’s MAEL program was built to reflect these same ideas by teaching future educators how to adapt to the trends of the 21st century style of leadership in schools while maintaining a creative and innovative perspective.

“Let us remember that successful school leadership is like carefully designed architecture. It serves a functional, ethical, moral and aesthetic purpose,” said Capel.

Capel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and a Master of Arts degree in general education from Marygrove College and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University. She has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2007 and has had a major role in constructing the Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership program to reflect the ideologies she presented.

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