Dreeben School of Education

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Sr. Dorothy Ettling, Ph. D.


Sr. Dorothy Ettling Ph.D. serves as a professor in the doctoral program in the Dreeben School of Education. Her experiences include local and national leadership positions, organizational consultation, teaching and directing research. She is co-founder of Women’s Global Connection, an international NGO whose mission is to promote the learning and leadership of women, locally and globally, particularly in least advantaged regions and countries. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for WGC. She is a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio, TX.

Areas of Research:

  • Women’s Leadership and Empowerment: focus on processes and outcomes

  • Transformative Learning and Change: focus on organizations and Higher Education

  • Personal and Organizational Change: focus on leaders as agents of change  

  • Use of ICT in Participatory Development: focus on less advantaged areas and countries

  • Cross Cultural Research: focus on cultural competency and research processes

Areas of Teaching:

  • Leadership Studies

  • Organizational Change

  • Qualitative Research Methodologies

  • Research Design

  • Transformative Learning

  • Gender Studies


  • Ph.D., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto,  CA

  • M.A. Transpersonal Studies, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

  • M.S.W. Worden School of Social Service, San Antonio, TX

  • B.A. Sociology, Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, TX

Selected Publications/Presentations:

  • St. Clair, N., Craven, A., & Ettling, D. (2012). Building Sustainability in Tanzanian Women’s Micro-enterprises with Information and Communication Technologies. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability.
  • Ettling, D. & Marquis, M. (2012 in press), Using ICT as a vehicle for non-formal learning and women’s empowerment in rural Tanzania. In R. Clothey, S. Austin-Li, & J. Weidman (eds.), Post-Secondary education and technology: a global perspective on opportunities and obstacles to development. International and Development Education Series: Pelgrave Macmillian Publishing.
  • Buck, A., Herbers, S., Antelo, A. & Ettling, D. (2012), Improving Teaching through a community of practice. Journal of Transformative Education. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Ettling, D. (2012). Educator as Change Agent: Ethics of Transformative Learning.  In E. Taylor, P. Cranton, & Associates. Handbook of Transformative Learning: theory, research and practice, pp. 536-551. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Ettling, D.. Buck, A., & Caffer, P. (2010) A Pathway to Women’s Empowerment. Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management Vol. 9: 12, p. 49-61.
  • Ettling, D., Simpson, J. & Sseruwagi, G. (2012). So Who Needs It: Complexity of evaluating the usefulness of new technologies to rural women in Africa. Comparative International Education Society International Conference, April 21-27, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Ettling D. & Gonzalez, A. (2011). Building an Culturally Sensitive Evaluation Model for Sustainable Developmentomen’s Global Connection: Making Values Explicit in Capacity Building and Evaluation Efforts for Sustainable Development. American Evaluation Society, November 2-5, 2011, Annaheim CA.
  • Ettling D. & Gonzalez, A. (2011) Capacity Building for Sustainable Development. International Conference of Comparative International Education Society, May 1-4, 2011, Montreal, Canada.
  • Ettling, D. & Uribe-Kozlovsky, L. (2010). Web-based mentoring in professional training of preschool teachers in Zambia.  54th Annual Conference of Comparative and International Education Society, March 1-5, Chicago, IL.


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