Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo

Second Advisor

Dr. Anita Pankake

Third Advisor

Dr. Elena Bastida


Spirit-filled experiences have been customarily silent in the discourse of education. This area has been misunderstood and solely left to the religious arena to discover its development creating compartmentalized concepts and depriving other organizational systems from implementing its rich resourcefulness. This study seeks to provide ontological and epistemological knowledge to uncover and understand the power of the spiritual dimension in the life of successful educational leaders. By conceptualizing spirituality in educational leadership, this qualitative study seeks to explore successful educational leaders' use of spirituality to strengthen their effectiveness as it relates to school and their performance. Based on the major findings emerging from the study, four conclusions related to educational leadership are warranted: accountability and compliance, curriculum and instruction, planning and decision-making, and community involvement. A proposed conceptual framework for a new view of leadership is recommended. This interactive atom shaped model, symbolizing energy, interconnects the spiritual element in the educational leaders' intra-personal, interpersonal, and ecological relationships producing new life for the educational system and global organism.


Copyright 2005 Rosalina Ruiz. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American