ILA Podcast

Leadership Education Through Complex Transitions

Leadership Educator Podcast

with Dr. Darren Pierre and John Weng

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In Part One of Two, Dr. Darren Pierre and John Weng join Dan and Lauren to explore the use of the co-Inquiry process in editing the Winter 2021 Issue #172 of New Directions for Student Leadership, “Leadership Education through Complex Transitions”. Weng and Pierre highlight the personal and professional benefits of engaging in this process during a turbulent period in higher education.

About Dr. Darren Pierre

Dr. Darren Pierre is Lecturer, Office of Global Engineering Leadership, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland. His teaching is focused on college student development, student affairs profession, and leadership theories. He carries years of experience as a university administrator, a leader within the field of higher education, and a contributor to many entity groups affiliated with higher education/student affairs. Dr. Pierre has authored a book, book chapters, and journal articles focused on leadership and identity development. He has spoken nationally on the ideals of leadership, integrity, and authenticity. He received his master’s in Higher Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland-College Park and his PhD in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.

About John Weng

John Weng, MA, ICF ACC is a leadership educator, coach, and practitioner. John currently works at UC San Diego as the Assistant Director for Student Governments, Auxiliaries and Services. He is a doctoral candidate and lecturer at the University of San Diego in the department of leadership studies teaching. He is an On-Call facilitator with the Center for Creative Leadership and Leadership Coach with ExecOnline in addition to being the Principal of his own coaching and consulting practice, John Weng Consulting. He is credentialed by the International Coaching Federation as an Associate Certified Coach, Gallup as a Certified Strengths Coach, and the Myers-Briggs Foundation as a MBTI Master Practitioner. He is a co-editor and contributing author of the special issue Leadership Education through Complex Transitions in the New Directions for Student Leadership series. His scholarship and practice is informed by his experience with the group relations methodology, as a consultant candidate with the A.K.Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems and Co-creator at Group Relations International.

About the Hosts

Lauren Bullock

Lauren Bullock is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Temple University, where she teaches leadership development and public relations courses. Before transitioning to full-time faculty, Lauren led the university’s leadership development co-curricular programs for six years. Before joining Temple in 2008, Lauren worked in athletic administration at Florida State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Lauren is writing her dissertation in leadership and change management at Antioch University. Her research interests include faculty-student interaction, generational theory in higher education, purpose and meaningful work, and groups and team dynamics. She works with Dan to set project goals, research and write episode scripts and descriptions, contact guests, craft social media content and strategy.

Dan Jenkins

Dan Jenkins, Ph.D., co-host of the Leadership Educator Podcast is Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies at the University of Southern Maine (USM) where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and organizational theory, research methods, and leadership education. Before joining the faculty at USM, Dan was an academic advisor and co-director of the leadership studies minor at the University of South Florida while also teaching Political Science courses at Hillsborough Community College. Before working in higher education, Dan worked for John Hancock Mutual Funds, in hospitality at various restaurants and sports arenas, for the Florida House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, and as a staff member and volunteer in gubernatorial and school board election campaigns. Dan is a co-author of The Role of Leadership Educators: Transforming Learning and has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on leadership education. Dan mixes and produces the podcast, works with Lauren to curate guests, and researches and prepares content for episodes. 

About the Leadership Educator Podcast

Teaching leadership is hard. Join professors Dan Jenkins and Lauren Bullock, leadership educators with 25+ yrs experience in curricular and co-curricular leadership programs in higher education, as they capture in dialogue questions from their peers and share knowledge and expertise on facilitating leadership learning. Passionate about leadership education? Want to expand your resource toolbox with practical strategies for teaching, learning, and program design? This is the podcast for you! 

The ILA is proud to partner with members Dan Jenkins and Lauren Bullock on a series of episodes each year.  Visit to listen to all of Dan and Lauren’s podcasts.