Greenleaf Scholars Program

The Greenleaf Center Proudly Announces the 2021 Greenleaf Scholars

October 14, 2021

The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership at Seton Hall University is pleased to announce the selection of the 2021 Greenleaf Scholars. Congratulations 2021 Greenleaf Scholars.

2021 Greenleaf Scholars

Dr. Caleb Lugar, University of Mississippi:
Dr. Caleb Lugar earned his Ph.D from the University of Mississippi in the School of Business Administration. Dr. Lugar’s research is focused on the concept of Servant Leadership within the domain of self-initiated expatriation. The term “self-initiated expatriate” refers to foreign nationals who willingly self-initiate an international change in their dominant place of residence for the purpose of work. Dr. Lugar will draw upon the conservation of resource theory and research on organizational identification in order to theorize and empirically examine the influence of servant leadership on the turnover intentions of self-initiated expatriates.

Karryna Madison, Monash University:
Karryna is a doctoral candidate and leadership educator in the Department of Management at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research revolves around Greenleaf’s notion that the followers of a servant-leader are more likely to become servants themselves. In doing so, Karryna hopes to provide theoretical clarity to understand how servant-leaders influence their followers. This study determines whether servant-leaders influence their followers to emulate or reciprocate their behaviors by examining the theories of social learning and social exchange.

Dr. Hye Park, Governors State University:
Dr. Hailey Park is an Assistant Professor of Management at Governors State University. She received her Ph.D. in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Dr. Park’s research explores the actor-centric approach to daily servant-leader behaviors. Dr. Park will utilize the engagement theory and the Work-Home Resource model to support the focus of her research. Dr. Park hopes to distinguish what happens to leaders over time by illuminating the servant leadership behaviors that fluctuate within an individual over time and eventually influence the leaders’ perceptions and behaviors as a result.

Shuxia Zhang, The Ohio State University:
Shuxia is a Ph.D. candidate at The Ohio State University. She seeks to provide contemporary understandings of two areas of research: positive leadership behaviors and subjective well-being. Within her research, Zhang will be examining when and how follower unethical behaviors lead to Servant Leadership. Her research hopes to uncover what factors may promote servant-leader behaviors, and to highlight servant-leader behaviors as more constructive responses to team unethical behaviors.


The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership is proud to sponsor the Greenleaf Scholars Program. The purpose of the program is to identify and support promising early career scholars and professionals who wish to study the impact of servant leadership in a wide range of organizational or social contexts. The program is administered through Seton Hall University. 

The goals of the program are (1) to inspire a new generation of critical scholarship based on the concepts of servant leadership that were articulated by Robert K. Greenleaf; (2) to support rigorous scholarship that offers evidence of the impact of servant leadership on the health and effectiveness of organizations and communities; and (3) to build a nurturing community of academic researchers, practitioners, and students who study and teach servant leadership.

Each Greenleaf Scholar will receive an award of $2,500.

Selection Criteria

Greenleaf Scholars will be selected by an international review committee comprised of faculty members from a range of universities. Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Significance of work to the servant leadership movement
  • The expected influence on practice of the proposed study
  • Quality of the applicant’s research proposal, including the research plan, progress on the project, and scholarly potential of the research.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of servant leadership scholarship and Robert K. Greenleaf’s works.


We strongly encourage applicants from a diverse group of scholars who utilize a range of methodologies. The selection committee aims to represent the disciplinary and methodological breadth of servant leadership scholarship through the selection process. While previous award winners will, in rare cases, be considered for subsequent support, it would only be for a new research study and only if all previous commitments to the program have been fully met.

The Greenleaf Center will sponsor awards each year for pre-tenured faculty, early career practitioners, and advanced graduate students who engage in research that explores servant leadership. Greenleaf Scholars will be selected by an international review committee comprised of faculty members from the following public and private universities in the United States and overseas, including:

  • Seton Hall University
  • Northwestern College
  • University of Michigan
  • Gonzaga University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago


All applicants should be at the dissertation stage of their doctoral studies or hold a doctorate (no more than 5 years post-degree).


The 2021 Greenleaf Scholars application is now closed.

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