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Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award

This award recognizes outstanding new scholarship in the field. It is given in partnership with the International Leadership Association. Annually, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond seeks submissions for the Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award. Submissions can be on any topic and from any discipline as long as they demonstrate substantial insights and implications for the study of leadership.

Submissions are due on or before May 1. Applicants must complete an online application and submit a letter of interest, a three- to five-page abstract of a substantive doctoral dissertation chapter (specifically, the chapter that best represents the author's dissertation), a brief biography and verification of the dissertation defense date (e.g., a letter from the dissertation advisor). The award committee will contact finalists in mid-May to request a full dissertation chapter.

The Jepson School endeavors to further scholarship and educate students and others for and about leadership through curricula, events and programs. In 1999, the School implemented its annual Doctoral Dissertation Awards, which are named for Dr. Fredric M. Jablin, who died in 2004.

The 2017 award is presented at the 19th Annual ILA Global Conference, October 12-15, in Brussels, Belgium, where the recipient presents her doctoral dissertation research. The recipient of the award also receives a $1,000 prize from the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, one-year membership to the ILA, complimentary conference registration, and travel expenses to the ILA conference.

The winner of the 2016 Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award is James Lemoine, for his dissertation “Closing the Leadership Circle: Building and Testing a Contingent Theory of Servant Leadership.” Dr. Lemoine's research offers a theoretical definition of servant leadership, tests concepts that relate to servant leadership and integrates servant leadership with gender role theory.

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