Dr. Patrice A. McClellan is Associate Professor of Business and Leadership at Lourdes University. Prior to joining Lourdes University in 2009, Dr. McClellan was a member of the faculty at Miami University of Ohio where she oversaw curriculum development for Miami’s Wilkes Leadership Institute and served as Special Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Her research focuses on leadership education, developing culturally competent leaders and organizational change strategies. Dr. McClellan has published works in various journals and is also co-author of most recent book titled.” Herstories: Leading with the Lessons of the Lives of Black Women Activists.”  Her publication Toward Critical Servant Leadership in Graduate Schools of Education: from Theoretical Construct to Social Justice Praxis stems from her research on social justice and leadership practice. In addition, Dr. McClellan’s research on faculty development using duoethnography methodology to interrogate power and privilege in leadership education is ground breaking.

In addition to her scholarly endeavors, Dr. McClellan was recipient of Toledo’s 20 under 40 Leadership Award in 2011. She is active in various community and social service organizations such as United Way’s African American Leadership Council, Promedica Governance Committee, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., as well as an assistant advisor to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated undergraduate chapter. Most recently, Dr. McClellan was a 2016 TEDx featured speaker at Way Public Library in Perrysburg, Ohio. In her spare time, Dr. McClellan loves nature walks and spending time with family and friends.


  • McClellan, P. A. (in press) Jill Scott: Authenticity and Mindfulness. Lessons for Leaders on Empowerment, Mindfulness and Professional Self- Care. In J. Brooks, F. Beachum & T. Watson (Eds.), Educational Leadership and Music: Lessons for tomorrow’s school leaders: Information Age Publishing
  • McClellan, P.A. (2014) Gender and Leadership Identity In Sonya Horsford, and L.C. Tillman, Identities and Educational Leadership of Black Women in the USA. Abingdon; Routledge.
  • McClellan, P. A. (2012) Race, Gender, and Leadership Identity: An Autoethnography of Reconciliation. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 25(1), 87-97
  • McClellan, P. A and Sader, J. (2012) “I treat everyone the same”: Interrogating power and privilege in leadership education. In Norris, J, Sawyer, R, and Lund, McClellan, P.A. 8 D (Eds.) Duoethnography: Culture, identity, and curriculum. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press
  • Alston, J.A. and McClellan, P. A. (2011). Herstories: Leading with the lessons of the lives of Black women activists. Peter Lang Publishing
  • McClellan, P. A. (2010). Critical Servant Leadership: From Theory to Practice in Horsford, S. D. (Ed). New Perspectives in Educational Leadership: Exploring Social, Political, and Community Contexts and Meaning. Peter Lang Publishing
  • McClellan, P. A. and Alston, J.A. (2008) Leading through Adversity: A Portrait of an Urban Elementary Assistant Principal Aspiring to the Superintendency. National Journal of Urban Education and Practice 1(3) 150-158


  • 2016 – TEDX Way Public Library – Finding Humanity in an Age of Desperation and Despair, Perrysburg, OH (March)
  • 2013 – School Community – Paper Presented at AERA, Denver, Colorado
  • 2011 – Race and gender: An auto ethnography. Paper presented at AERA, New Orleans, LA
  • 2011 – I treat everyone the same: Using duo ethnography to interrogate power and privilege in leadership education. Paper presented with Jennifer Sader at AERA, New Orleans, LA
  • 2010 – – I treat everyone the same: Using duo ethnography to interrogate power and privilege in leadership education. Paper presented with Jennifer Sader at ILA, Boston, MA
  • 2009 – Building bridges: Blurring the lines of race and gender in leadership research. Paper presented at UCEA, Anaheim, CA
  • 2008 – Critical Servant Leaders: Building coalitions to address the needs of children in public schools. Paper presented at UCEA, Orlando, FL
  • 2008 – Ubuntu and critical Africana spirituality: Inspiring social justice leadership for community transformation. Paper presented with Faith Ngunjiri at AERA, New York, NY
  • 2008 – African American spirituality, social justice, and educational leadership. Paper presented with Mark Giles and Noelle Witherspoon at AERA, New York, NY
  • 2006 – Leading through adversity: A portrait of an urban elementary assistant principal aspiring for the Superintendency. Paper presented at UCEA, San Antonio, TX
  • 2006 – Using portraiture as a culturally and contextually relevant research methodology. Paper presented at the Annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Invited Lectures

  • 2014 – Owens Community College Professional Development Series – 21st Century Adult Learning in Age of Technology
  • 2013 – Lourdes University Research Symposium Keynote Speaker
  • 2013 – Central Catholic High School – Leadership Keynote Address
  • 2011 – Status of Black Leadership – Keynote address presented at Black Catholic Dioceses, Columbus, Ohio
  • 2011 – Commencement keynote address presented to the University of Toledo Excel senior students. University of Toledo – Nitschke Auditorium
  • 2010 – Black Issues Conference held at the University of Toledo. Co-presenter with Kevin Powell national grassroots organizer
  • 2009 – 25th Annual Conference for Aspiring Minority Youth held at the University of Toledo. Co-presenter with Hill Harper (CSI-NY, national bestselling author)


  • 2012 20 Under 40 Leadership Award
  • 2010 Urban All American Achievement Award, Central City Ministries, Catholic Diocese of Toledo
  • 2007-2009 Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellow, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • 2004-2007 Barbara L. Jackson Scholar, UCEA Service to University
  • 2016 – Present President, Faculty Senate
  • 2014 – 2016 Voting Member, Faculty Senate
  • 2012-2014 Chair, Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • 2011- Present College of Business and Leadership (COBAL) leadership steering committee
  • 2010 -present Member. Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • 2010-2012 Chair, Research Symposium
  • 2010 College to University Transition Task Force
  • 2009 -Present Voting Member, Graduate Executive Council Steering Committee (GSC)
  • 2009 to present Voting Member, Graduate Executive Council (GEC)
  • 2009 to 2011 School of Professional Studies Leadership Council Community Engagement
  • 2015 to present Assistant Graduate Advisor, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Alpha Lambda Chapter, University of Toledo
  • 2013 to present Promedica Governance Committee
  • 2012 to present United Way AALC Joint Council – Leadership Development Chair McClellan, P.A. 10 · 2009 to 2014 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alumnae Chapter – Fundraising Chair
  • 2009 to 2015 Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Toledo Chapter – Foundation Chair & Jr. Teens Advisor


American Educational Research Association (AERA)

  • Annual Conference Reviewer Division A & J

International Leadership Association (ILA)

International Journal of Leadership

  • Graduate Student Manuscript Competition Reviewer

Journal of School Leadership

  • Manuscript Reviewer

University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA)

Undergraduate Courses

BUS 423: Business Leadership Seminar

Integrates concepts presented across the business curriculum and discusses their application in actual business and organizational settings. The course provides an opportunity for selected business students to be introduced to issues, institutions, and individuals that have had a major impact on the regional economy. Students will be provided opportunities to meet select business and community leaders and to visit select institutional venues.


FYE 100:  The Lourdes Experience

This course serves as the University’s freshmen First Year Experience (FYE) and is a comprehensive course that assists students in their transition and integration into University life through academic, co-curricular and personal exploration.  The Lourdes Experience (FYE) is an inquiry into the academic expectations, resources, policies, Franciscan values and traditions of Lourdes University. Through The Lourdes Experience (FYE) students will be challenged to develop and apply critical thinking and communication skills, and help clarify their academic paths for success.

Graduate Courses

LS 610: Leadership Foundation

This graduate course introduces the definition of leadership, the history of leadership, the history of leadership development in the United States, and various mode of leadership in use in this country and elsewhere. The goal of this course is personal leadership development.


LS 613: Diversity and Leadership

This course concentrates on diversity within organizations and the importance of organizational leaders’ response to the realities of difference. The goal of this course is to analyze organizational racism and its impacts from the viewpoint of an organizational leader.


LS 615: Research Methods & Statistical Analysis

This graduate course examines numerous aspects of research methodology including research planning, design, and execution.


LS 618: Leadership & Organizational Development

This graduate course Examines how organizational leaders build learning organizations that transform individuals within the organization so that they can understand, accept, and become motivated to implement and facilitate innovation and change.


LS 620: Connective Leadership and Cultural Competence

This gr:aduate course focuses on diversity within organizations and the importance of organizational leaders’ response to the realities of difference.


LS 698 Leadership Capstone Project

This graduate course is designed as the final capstone experience for all Master of Organizational Leadership degree candidates. Synthesizes all previous classroom knowledge by identifying necessary organizational leadership skills and applications in the field.