Dr. M. Alison Buck


Dr. M. Alison Buck, Ph.D., is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Dreeben School of Education doctoral program. Previously at UIW, she has taught as an adjunct instructor, served on dissertation committees, and earned her Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. Throughout her career, Dr. Buck has taught part time or full time at the undergraduate and graduate university levels in the areas of leadership, management, organization development, research, and adult learning. She is an active Women’s Global Connection volunteer and previously served as associate director for a women’s empowerment non-profit organization, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Dr. Buck also has extensive experience as a market research director and human resources development director. She has designed and implemented programs for leadership development and performance management.

Recent Interests

  • Women’s empowerment
  • Transformational learning and leadership
  • Improving teaching
  • Leadership development
  • Adult learning

Some Publications

Buck, M.A., Mercer, W., Herbers, M.S., & St. Clair, N. (2019). The joy of learning: A case study of a transformative educator and activist. Adult Learning, 30(3), 101-110.

Ettling, D., Buck, M.A., Caffer, P., and Deku, S. (2010). A pathway to women’s empowerment: Capacity building for personal and social impact in Tanzania. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 12 (9).

Herbers, M. Sharon, Antelo, Absael, Ettling, D., & Buck, M.A. (2010). Improving teaching through a community of practice. Journal of Transformative Learning, 9(2), 89-108. doi: 10.1177/1541344611430688 [peer reviewed]

Teachout, M. and Buck, M.A. (2014). Evaluating the impact and sustainability of capacity-building efforts in Tanzania and Zambia. In Ettling, D. and Vichcales, K., Eds. Reach Out Africa: Studies in community empowerment, sustainable development, and cross-cultural engagement. Bloomington, IN: Archway Publishing.

Personal Interests

I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and pets, cooking, traveling (especially to Russia where my daughter lives), mentoring, and learning new ideas.

Courses Taught

  • Systems of Belief
  • Higher Education History and Philosophy
  • Organizational Behavior and Development
  • Research
  • Women in Leadership
  • Human Resources Development
  • Adult Learning and Development
  • Teams and Groups
  • Program Development


“The meaning of life is education … Education is growth, the development of our best possibilities from within outward;… We can never expect promotion here, except by taking our place among the lowest, and sharing their difficulties until they are removed, and we all become graduates together for a higher school. The real satisfaction of living is, and must forever be, the education of all for each, and of each for all.” (Lucy Larcom, A New England Girlhood, 1924, p. 273)


Ph.D., Education (Organizational Leadership)
University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas


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Contact Information

M. Alison Buck
Visiting Assistant Professor