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Fort Hays State University
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Dr. Jeni McRay, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies

Jeni McRayContact Information:

Office Phone: (316) 993-8681
Degrees: Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Emphasis in Adult, Occupational and Continuing Education, Kansas State University, 2005
M.S. in Education, Newman University, 1998
B.A., Oklahoma City University, 1995

Courses Taught:
LDRS 300: Introduction to Leadership Concepts
LDRS 306: Leadership and Team Dynamics
LDRS 450: Advanced Leadership Behaviors
LDRS 650: Principles of Organizational Leadership
LDRS 670: Leadership and Personal Development
LDRS 801: Theoretical Foundations of Leadership

Some of the courses she has taught at various institutions in the past include:
Teaching Methods for Adult Learners
Leadership Styles/Theories
Organizational Leadership & Ethics
Organizational Behavior
Leader Behavior in Applied Settings
Leadership Project

Dr. McRay, commonly known to her students as Jeni or "Dr. J," loves working with adult learners and emerging leaders in any setting and especially enjoys working with diverse audiences. She has extensive experience in the following environments: technical and professional training, corporate training, traditional college classrooms, adult classrooms - online, hybrid and on-ground, and higher education administration. She was the recipient of Southwestern College's Professional Studies Affiliate Faculty Member of the Year award in 2004. Since coming to FHSU three years ago, she has taught several courses in our Chinese partnership program and has developed and taught graduate courses in the Master of Professional Studies program. She recently took on some additional advising duties for the graduate program and became a Faculty Senator.

Dr. McRay's areas of expertise and research include faculty development, online instructional design and delivery, higher education administration, adult and professional programs, learning/teaching styles, leadership development training, communication skills, personality styles and self-awareness, and emotional intelligence.

Dr. McRay was a "Navy brat" who moved a lot in her early years but settled in Wichita, Kansas 20 years ago and definitely calls it "home!" In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, which consists of her husband, four daughters, and several extended family members. Jeni also enjoys watching soccer and football mainly, but will settle for any sporting event. She is an enthusiastic Sporting KC and Pittsburg Steelers fan. Her favorite season is summer, and she relishes scorching hot weather. You can learn more about her at

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