Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Dean's Office

Major Professor

Stephen Thornton, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Howard Johnston, Ph.D.

Committee Member

S. Morgan Gresham, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Sanghoon Park, Ph.D.


education criticism and connoisseurship, online learning, university-community partnership


Leading the Way is a narrative examination of how I (the author) built a professional development training program for the hospitality industry in cooperation with my university and numerous hospitality industry leaders from our community. The program was developed over the course of a year by a large team of people working together to create the Hospitality Leadership Program (HLP). My role in the creation of the HLP was that of instructional designer and curriculum developer. The purpose of the narrative is to provide a critical view of the interactions between the fields of instructional design and curriculum development during the creation of a professional program of study between the university and business leaders in the community. Additionally, I offer a critical, metacognitive approach to how the educational doctorate provides information to communities of practice.