Cheryl Rude, Ph.D.

Professor Leadership Studies, Academic Director Leadership Southwestern
Email Address
(620) 229-6381

Dr. Cheryl L. Rude (Ph.D. Union Institute and University) is the Professor of Leadership Studies and Academic Director of Leadership at Southwestern College. Dr. Rude joined the SC faculty in 1991. She specifies in teaching Intro to Leadership, Leadership and Ethical Worldviews, Leadership Research, Non-Profit Leadership, Service-Learning Travel, and Leadership Practices.

She enjoys traveling to new places (but would go back to Italy anytime), spending time with family, and reading historical fiction. Her spouse is Martin and he works at the college as well, as Director of Worship Outreach. Together they own and operate a small bed & breakfast and event venue north of Winfield, The Barns @ Timber Creek. They have two adult children, a son-in-law, and two granddaughters.

Academic History 

  • Kansas University, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration
  • Wichita State University, Master of Education in Counseling Psychology
  • Union Institute and University, Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Education


  • Rotary Exchange Team Member to Japan
  • United Methodist Exemplary Educator
  • Kopke Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Student Government Faculty Member of the Year award
  • Compact Engaged Faculty Research Award and 
  • Kansas Campus Compact Community Engagement Professional of the Year


  • Co-editor for Disciple Bible Study for Youth
  • Primary author for a collaborative curriculum writing project, Roots to BranchesChildren, Youth, & Young Adult Leadership Development
  • Set the Example: To Mirror is Not Enough published in The Leadership Challenge Activity Book, San Francisco: Pfeiffer
  • Religious Leadership in Civic Life: An Opportunity or A Problem, published in The Journal Kansas Leadership Center


Dr. Rude’s current research interests are on how students can develop the skills to integrate context in their leadership thinking and behavior and the role of leadership development in spiritual formation.

Lecture/Speaking Engagement Topics

Dr. Rude is available to lecture or speak on:

  • Leadership Development Training for Work Groups and Boards
  • Youth Leadership Development
  • Leadership Development for the Church
Cheryl Rude, Ph.D.
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