Teaching and Learning Conference 2015

Exploring the Role of Servant Leadership in Higher Education​

5th London School of Business and Management - Teaching and Learning Conference 2015

8 July 2015, London, UK

Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG

The annual London School of Business and Management Teaching and Learning Conference brings together established and emerging academics, practitioners and policymakers interested in teaching and learning in a widening participation context. Our 5th conference serves as an exploratory platform for sharing ideas, research and experience with professionals from across the Higher Education sector. Additionally, it offers great opportunities to extend professional networks, forge new collaborations, broaden core expertise and, most importantly, foster reflection on improving current practices of teaching and learning.

The programme of the conference will reflect the theme of Exploring the Role of Servant Leadership in Higher Education, with a focus on:

  • Servant Leadership for Governance and Administration
  • Emotion, Empathy and Support in Higher Education
  • Empowering Learners
  • Ethical Leadership and Altruistic Communities
  • Learner Engagement, Collaboration and Motivation

Servant leadership is a philosophy and a set of practices that shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.  A servant leader mindset in education may help institutions compete in the new, more diverse, flexible, distributed and de-centralised higher education economy, due to its ultimate focus on the wellbeing of the alter rather than the self. 

This conference aims to address the lack of research in the area of servant leadership and student engagement with respect to deeper approaches to learning and teaching. Does student’s success mesh with servant leadership principles? Does our ability to solve things together and embrace new ideas fit this leadership approach? This research offers faculty and administrators valuable feedback on how servant headship in the classroom, can impact the level a student may learn, or deeply learn, that can be utilized directly within the classroom where contact between students and teachers forms the heart of the educational process.

Keynote Speaker:

Edward L. Queen

Edward L. Queen is the director of the D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies at Emory University’s Centre for Ethics. He also leads the Research for the Institute of Human Rights and serves as the co-convener of the Initiative on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. Dr Queen received his B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. Previously, Dr Queen served as a founding director of the Religion and Philanthropy Project at the Indiana University Centre on Philanthropy and of the Islamic Society of North America's Fellowship Program in Non-Profit Management and Governance. He was a former program officer at Lilly Endowment, Inc. with a major responsibility for grants in non-profit governance and leadership. His Area of expertise include Areas of Expertise: Applied and professional ethics, including legal ethics, Religion and society, Human rights, non-profits and philanthropy, Management ethics and Servant leadership. His recent talk on Liberal Education is available here.

Conference Programme

Further details, including the accepted abstracts, are available here. Conference Photos are available here.


Morning Session

9:00 - 9:30

Registration and Refreshments


9:30 - 9:40

Conference Opening: Mr Nick Hillman

London School of Business and Management


9:40 - 10:40

Keynote Speaker: Dr Edward L. Queen, Emery University, USA

Servant Leadership in Education
(Slides, Video)


10:40 – 11:00

Tea and Coffee


11:00 – 11:30

Dr Milton Sousa, Erasmus University, Netherlands

Education to Develop Servants… Capable of Leading
(Slides, Video)


11:30 - 12:10

Dr Kae Reynolds, University of Huddersfield, UK

Performativity of Teaching and Learning: a Critical, Autoethnographic Commentary and Call to Servant Leadership in UKHE


12:10 – 12:30

Mr Cal Courtney, London School of Business and Management, UK

Educational Communities, Servant Leaders and the Age of Postmodernity
(Slides, Video)


12:30 – 12:50

Panel Session

Dr Edward L. Queen, Dr Milton Sousa, Dr Simon Taylor, Mr Cal Courtney and Dr Kae Reynolds


12:50 – 13:50



Afternoon Session

13:50 – 14:00

Institutional Best eLearning Practice Prize – Simon Taylor


14:00 – 14:20

Mr Dale Millington, Plymouth University, UK

Dr Irene Kaimi, Plymouth University, UK and

Dr Stephen Gomez, Pearson, UK

Applying the Principles of Servant Leadership to Assessing the Efficacy of Digital Learning Resources in Higher Education
(Slides, Video)

5 min. Q&A

14:20 – 14:40

Ms Ron Cambridge, London Metropolitan University, UK

Today’s Students – Tomorrow’s Leaders!
(Slides, Video)

5 min. Q&A

14:40 – 15:00

Joe Stevens, London School of Business and Management, UK

Passing the Work of Others for Credit Developments in 2015
(Slides, Video)

5 min. Q&A

15:00 – 15:20

Kumari Lane, London School of Business and Management, UK

Servant leadership: Empowering Learners through ‘Flipped’ Classrooms
(Slides, Video)


5 min. Q&A

15:20 – 15:40

Coffee and Poster Session

Peter Kurtosi (Best Poster)
Ana-Maria Budica (Best Poster Runner-Up)
Nashville Williams
Tony Alma Kiangebeni
Olugbenga Afolayan


15:40 – 16:00

Simon Taylor, London School of Business and Management, UK

Development of a Philosophy and Practice of Servant Leadership through Service Opportunity
(Slides, Video)

5 min. Q&A

16:00 – 16:20

Isobel Wood, London School of Business and Management, UK

Education as a Context for the Development of Servant Leadership and the Outcomes for Lecturers and Students in the Classroom
(Slides, Video)

5 min. Q&A

16:20 – 16:30

Best Poster Prize and Closing


Social Event

16:30 – 19:30

Drinks and Socialising


If you have any questions about the conference, or are interested in taking part in next year's event, then please email tlc@lsbm.ac.uk


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