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Fort Hays State University
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Rarick Hall 235
Phone: 785-628-4303
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Dr. Brett Whitaker, International Coordinator and Instructor of Leadership Studies

Mr. Brett Whitaker

Contact Information:

Office: Rarick Hall 235 D
Office Phone: (785) 628-5614
Email: blwhitaker@fhsu.edu
Degrees: M.L.S. in Organizational Leadership, Fort Hays State University, 2008
B.S. in Organizational Leadership, Fort Hays State University, 2006

Courses Taught:
IDS 407: Global Challenges
LDRS 300: Introduction to Leadership Concepts
LDRS 302: Introduction to Leadership Behaviors
LDRS 306: Leadership and Team Dynamics
LDRS 677: Internship in Leadership Studies


Mr. Whitaker joined the Department of Leadership studies in 2008. His primary teaching responsibilities are in the Organizational Leadership degree program, where he has taught courses on leadership theory and behaviors. Brett was the first faculty member in Leadership Studies to teach full time within the international partnership programs that FHSU has in China, and has been involved in growing and developing that program to large scale. In 2011, he formally took on administrative responsibilities coordinating the international program in day-to-day operations. Brett has worked with over 3000 young Chinese students in developing leadership competency and empowering them to create positive change.

Mr. Whitaker has done curricular development at FHSU, and one program that he has been particularly involved in at FHSU is the Global Challenges (formerly known as The 7 Revolutions). Brett has worked with development of that program since 2007, and joined the Expert Scholars group in 2009 as the FHSU representative in the national initiative. Brett has published and presented about his work with the Global Challenges and FHSU’s involvement in the initiative, including journal and periodical articles, conference presentations, faculty development workshops, and campus consulting work. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Brett is a fellow with the Center for Civic Leadership and a co-sponsor of the Global Leadership Project.

Mr. Whitaker received his BS in Organizational Leadership from FHSU in 2006, as well as his MLS in Organizational Leadership in 2007. Brett is currently pursuing his PhD in Global Leadership from Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, IN. His research interests include leadership, global leadership, global issues, civic engagement, higher education, and curricular design.

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