Harriet L. Schwartz, PhD, ICGC’s Lead Scholar for Education as Relational Practice, has joined Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program faculty. Harriet, a leader in applying RCT in higher education is the author of “Connected Teaching: Relationship, Power, and Mattering in Higher Education” (Stylus, 2019).


Harriet earned her PhD in Leadership and Change in 2009 from Antioch and is the first alum to be hired as full-time faculty. “RCT is in the DNA of Antioch’s PhD in Leadership and Change,” Harriet said. “When Laurien (Alexandra, PhD) and her team developed this program, they drew on RCT to build a relational doctoral model – one in which students move through the program in cohorts that are supportive rather than competitive and in which tprofessors foster a relational culture with each other and students.”


Harriet first learned about RCT from her Antioch advisor, Elizabeth Holloway, PhD, a clinical psychologist and long-time RCT scholar-practitioner. Harriet went on to explore relational practice between master’s students and faculty in her dissertation and then to continue this focus on relational practice in teaching and learning in her ongoing program of research.


“I am thrilled that Dr. Harriet Schwartz brings the content expertise, professional commitment and the personal passion to enrich our students’ experience and to embolden our learning community,” said Alexandra, Provost of the Graduate School of Leadership and Change.


“Relational leading is at the core of our curriculum,” Alexandra continued. “Relational learning is at the core of our cohort-based doctoral community and our amazing faculty and staff team.” 


Harriet is a member of the ICGC leadership team and co-coordinates the Education as Relational Practice affinity group with Ann Friesema. For more information on Harriet’s work, visit www.harrietschwartz.com To join the ICGC education affinity group, email harriet@harrietschwartz.com

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