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Dung Q. Tran, PhD

Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Development

Dung Q. Tran, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Development in the School of Business, Arts, and Media at Cabrini University.  Prior to relocating to Pennsylvania, Tran taught courses in Organizational Leadership, Communication, and Theology at multiple Catholic universities in Washington and California.   

With regard to research, Tran is interested in how spiritual, ethical, and values-based perspectives shape organizational leadership theory and practice, with a particular focus on leader identity development. He has authored or co-authored articles and book chapters on the inclusive leadership of Pope Francis, servant-leadership, workplace spirituality, Jesuit higher education leadership, Ignatian discernment, Benedictine spirituality, and the role of forgiveness in the clergy sexual abuse scandal. Tran’s work has appeared in the International Journal of Servant-Leadership, Communication Research Trends, the Journal of Catholic Education, and the Asian-American Theological Forum.

He has also presented grant funded scholarly papers at the International Leadership Association (ILA); the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS); the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS); Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education (CJBE); and Western States Communication Association (WSCA). In addition to Tran’s teaching and scholarship, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Alpha Sigma Nu, the international honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.

The son of Vietnamese refugees, Tran earned his doctorate in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University and completed his master’s degree in Theological Studies – with emphases in Spirituality and Catholic Higher Education – at Santa Clara University. He also holds Washington and California Teaching Credentials in History, a master’s degree in Secondary Education, and two bachelor’s degrees in Communication Studies and Theology from Loyola Marymount University.

Areas of Expertise

Organizational image repair theory, Workplace spirituality, The spiritual leadership of Pope Francis and Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, Servant-leadership, Ignatian pedagogy, Jesuit higher education, and Hermeneutic phenomenology

 

Publications

Carey, M. R., & Tran, D. Q. (under review).  Seeking meaning for the contemporary workplace: Insights from the desert fathers and mothers.

Tran, D. Q. (under review). Joy and mercy: The heart of Pope Francis’ rhetoric of reform and restoration.

Tran, D. Q. (under review).  Love and forgiveness:  The cornerstones of servant-leadership and social justice.

Song, J., Tran, D. Q., Ferch, S. R., & Spears, L. C. (Eds.). (under review). Servant-leadership and forgiveness: How leaders help heal the heart of the world.

Tran, D. Q., & Spears, L. C. (under review). The common good and servant-leadership: Rocks upon which good societies, organizations, and leaders are built. 

Tran, D. Q., Spears, L. C., & Carey, M. R. (under review).  Building relational bridges: The inclusive spirit of servant leadership.

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2019). Relational leadership and Laudato Si’: Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home. In S. Steffen, J. Rezmovits, with S. Trevenna, & S. Rappaport, (Eds.), Evolving leadership for collective wellbeing: Lessons for implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 161-181). Bingley, U.K.: Emerald.  

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2018). Cherishing the wisdom of community: A Benedictine model of leadership for turbulent times. In S. K. Dhiman, G. E. Roberts, & J. Crossman (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of workplace spirituality and fulfillment (pp. 883-900). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.  

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2018). Toward a discerning mind and heart: An Ignatian approach to workplace spirituality and spiritual leadership.  In S. K. Dhiman, G. E. Roberts, & J. Crossman (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of workplace spirituality and fulfillment (pp. 753-772). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.  

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2017). Mercy within mercy: The heart of Pope Francis’ inclusive leadership in a broken world. In A. Boitano, H. E. Schockman, & R. Lagomarsino (Eds.), Breaking the zero-sum game: Transforming societies through inclusive leadership (pp. 231-248). Bingley, U.K.: Emerald.  

Tran, D. Q. (2016, October). [Review of the book Religion in the classroom: Dilemmas for democratic education, by J. H. James, with S. Schweber, R. Kunzman, K. C. Barton, & K. Logan]. Journal of Catholic Education, 20(1), 349-354.  

Tran, D. Q. (2015). Pray for one another. The Journal of Asian-American Theological Forum, 1(2), 31-33.

Tran, D. Q. (2014). Faith and a contemporary context for American Catholic higher education. Communication Research Trends, 33(1), 29-34.   

Tran, D. Q. (2011). Beyond the paradoxical shadow of a Doubt: A powerful bond that sustains servant-leaders in their struggle for truth and justice. The International Journal of Servant-Leadership, 7(1), 293-315.   

Tran, D. Q. (2010). Toward a servant-led response rooted in forgiveness and restorative justice in the Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal. The International Journal of Servant Leadership, 6(1), 179-198.  

Presentations

Dhiman, S., Roberts, G., Crossman, J., Kriger, M., Schockman, H. E., Heath, K., & Tran, D. Q. (2019, August 9-13).  Creating inclusive organizations through wise leadership, servant-leadership, and inclusive leadership.  Panel symposium accepted for the 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA. 

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2019, July 13).  Disruption and dialogue in online organizational leadership education:  Insights from Ignatius of Loyola and Paulo Freire.  Paper accepted for the Global Jesuit Conference on the Ethics of Disruption at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. 

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2019, June 27-30). Thomas Merton and the formation of authentic leaders. Paper accepted for the 16th General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.  

Tran, D. Q. (2019, April 6) Illuminating the processes of love, forgiveness, and servant-leadership: Insights from the imprisonment  experiences of Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan.  Paper accepted for Leadership: Illuminating the Process, the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Leadership Studies Conference, Harrisburg, PA.

Tran, D. Q. (2019, April 4).  Building peace (leadership) through hope: Insights from the imprisonment writings of Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan.  Paper accepted for Building Peace through Kindness, Dialogue, and Forgiveness, the 5th International Conference on Hate Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. 

Tran, D. Q. (2019, February 15).  Growing the value and leadership of honor societies through storytelling and design.  Presentation at the 2019 Annual Council Meeting of the Association of College Honor Societies, Indianapolis, IN. 

Tran, D. Q. (2018, November 8-11). Give peace a chance: John Lennon’s peace leadership during the Vietnam Conflict. Paper presented at The Beatles’ The White Album: An International Symposium at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ.  

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2018, October 26). Francis @ five: An appraisal of servant-leadership characteristics. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, West Palm Beach, FL.  

Carey, M. R., Tran, D. Q., Caputo, J., & Wade, S. (2018, October 25). Exploring Renaissance insights for the 21st century.  Interactive roundtable discussion at the 20th Annual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, West Palm Beach, FL.  

Tran, D. Q., & Spears, L. C. (2018, June 21). The common good and servant-leadership: Rocks upon which good societies are built.  Paper presented at Building Institutions for the Common Good: The Purpose and Practice of Business in an Inclusive Economy, the 10th International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Business Education & the 6th Colloquium on Christian Humanism in Business and Society at the University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN.  

Carey, M. R., Heiser, D., & Tran, D. Q. (2018, April 21). Servant-leadership: From theory to practice. Panel discussion at Leadership and Challenging Landscapes, the 6thAnnual Student Leadership Symposium at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA.  

Carey, M. R., & Tran, D. Q. (2018, March 19). To do the right deed for the right reason: Toward a more mindful and self-aware leader. Paper presented at Leadership for the 21stCentury, an interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Philosophy, Religion, and Worldviews Learning Community of the International Leadership Association at California Baptist University, Riverside, CA.  

Tran, D. Q. (2018, February 15).  Cherishing the wisdom of community:  A Benedictine contribution to (graduate) leadership education.  2017-2018 Faculty Fellows Presentation for the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Seattle University, Seattle, WA.

Houglum, D., Tran, D. Q., Armstrong, J., & Gambrell, K. (2017, October 14). Educating the whole person during turbulent times through the integration of faith and leadership.  Panel discussion at the 19thAnnual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, Brussels, Belgium.   

Carey, M. R., Tran, D. Q., Horsman, J. H., & Han, B. (2017, October 13). A monastic model of leadership for turbulent times. Interactive roundtable discussion at the 19thAnnual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, Brussels, Belgium.   

Tran, D. Q. (2017, September 22). Listening with one’s heart: Towards a Benedictine understanding of leadership in turbulent times. Paper presented at A Distinctive Vision?: Catholic Higher Education 50 years after Land O’Lakes, a symposium presented by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO. 

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2017, August 11). Digital concepts via direct contact: Integrating Ignatian ideals in hybrid and online study abroad course design for adult students. Paper presented at Through the Eye of the Needle: Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education, a conference presented by The National Steering Committee on Justice in Jesuit Higher Education at Seattle University, Seattle, WA.   

Smith, J., & Tran, D. Q. (2017, July 17). Jesuit-informed casuistry and its significance for business ethics. Paper presented at the 23rdAnnual World Forum of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools at the University of Namur, Namur, Belgium.

Tran, D. Q. (2017, July 8). Indifference, discernment, and adaptation: The transformative dynamics of Ignatian pedagogy in online course design. Paper presented at the 19thAnnual Meeting of Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education at Creighton University, Omaha, NE.  

Tran, D. Q. (2017, May 31). Joy and mercy: The heart of Pope Francis’ rhetoric of restoration and reform. Paper presented at the Sacred Rhetoric Conference, sponsored by Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay, OH. 

Tran, D. Q. (2017, May 11).  Keynote Speaker for Graduation Dinner, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA.

Tran, D. Q., & King, T. L. (2016, November 3). With and for others: The impact of servant-leadership and the social change model on a residential community. Paper presented at the 18thAnnual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, Atlanta, GA.  

Boitano, A., Lagomarsino, R., Schockman, H. E., Agger-Gupta, N., Harris, B., Stefani, L., Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. (2016, November 3). Breaking the zero-sum game: Transforming societies through inclusive leadership.  Panel discussion at the 18thAnnual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, Atlanta, GA.  

Caputo, J. S., Osborne, T., Crandall, H. M., & Tran, D. Q. (2016, February 26). Ethical and collective memory: Repeating cultural stories with our students. Panel discussion at the 87thAnnual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association, San Diego, CA.  

Tran, D. Q., Carey, M. L., Hoover, K. F., Leger, S.J., A. F. (2015, October 14). Beyond Barcelona: A pilgrimage to the mountaintop monastery of Montserrat. Workshop facilitated at the 17thAnnual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, Barcelona, Spain.  

Tran, D. Q. (2014, April 18). When necessary, use words: Pope Francis’ approach to image restoration. Paper presented at Mediating Religion: Modes of Communication in Religious Contexts, an interdisciplinary graduate student conference presented by the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.   

Tran, D. Q. (2014, February 16). Virgencita linda: Celestial mother and mural of hope. Paper presented at the 85thAnnual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Anaheim, CA. 

Tran, D. Q. (2014, February 8). Faith and contemporary contexts for American Catholic Higher Education. Paper presented at Technology, Rhetoric, and Cultural Change: Walter J. Ong, S.J. in the Age of Google, Facebook, and Twitter, an interdisciplinary conference on the thought of Walter J. Ong, S.J. at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA.  

Awards and Recognition

Faculty Research Grant Recipient, (2017). Center for Jesuit Education, Seattle University, Seattle, WA.   

Faculty Fellow, (2017). Pause at 25: Thinking in Fresh Ways about the Future of Catholic Higher Education, Saint Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN. 

Faculty Research Grant Recipient, (2016). Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle University, Seattle, WA. 

Faculty Fellow, (2016). Collegium: A Summer Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, University of Portland, Portland, OR. 

Faculty Research Grant Recipient, (2016). Office for Jesuit Mission and Identity, Seattle University, Seattle, WA.

Faculty Research Grant Recipient, (2015). Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle University, Seattle, WA.   

Ignatian Values Award Recipient, (2015). Student Housing, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. 

Faculty Research Grant Recipient, (2014). College of Communication and Fine Arts, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

Doctoral Scholar, (2014). Asian Theological Summer Institute, United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, PA. 

Graduate Student Research Grant Recipient, (2014). Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. 

Member, Alpha Sigma Nu (International Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities).

Member, Lambda Pi Eta (Honor Society of the National Communication Association). 

Member, Theta Alpha Kappa (National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology).

Member, Kappa Delta Pi (International Education Honor Society).

Member, Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society).

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