Master of Leadership Faculty

Brett Bourbon, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Master of Leadership

Associate Professor of English


Brett BourbonBrett Bourbon received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

He is co-director of the Master’s in Leadership program at the University of Dallas.

He was a professor at Stanford University for ten years, and is now an English professor at the University of Dallas. In addition, he is a Visiting Associate Professor in The Program of Literary Theory at the University of Lisbon.

Bourbon has worked on consulting projects, involving strategic and technological issues, for Microsoft, Nike and a host of start-ups.

He has received many awards, including a Fulbright to the University of Lisbon, a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, the Harvard English Scholar award, and the Walter J. Gores Teaching award from Stanford, as well as the Haggerty Teaching Award from the University of Dallas.    

Brett Bourbon is the author of Finding a Replacement for the Soul: meaning and mind in literature and philosophy (Harvard UP, 2004). He has also written and published numerous essays on philosophy, literature, and culture. He also writes art criticism and is a published poet.

Contact Brett Bourbon, Ph.D.

Office: Braniff 368
Phone: 972-265-5829

J. Lee Whittington, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Master of Leadership

Professor of Business


J Lee Whittington

J. Lee Whittington is Professor of Management in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas. He focuses his teaching, research, and consulting in the areas of Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Spiritual Leadership. 

His research has been published in The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Strategy, and the Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management. 

His book, "Biblical Perspectives on Leadership and Organizations" was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in August 2015. He is also a co-author with Tim Galpin and Greg Bell of the book, "Leading the Sustainable Organization." His newest book, "Enhancing Employee Engagement: An Evidence-Based Approach" was co-authored with DBA students Simone Meskelis and Enoch Asare, Gupta professor Sri Beldona.

Prior to joining the University of Dallas, he served on the faculty at Texas Wesleyan University and The University of Texas at Arlington. He has received multiple awards for his excellence in teaching and research. While at UTA he was twice recognized as the Outstanding Undergraduate Professor and nominated for The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. At Wesleyan, J. Lee was named the MBA Professor of the Year, received the Heads Above the Crowd award, and named a Guardian of the Golden Shears. 

At the University of Dallas, he has been recognized for his Commitment to Excellence in Research. He was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar in Organizational Behavior by the Southwestern Academy of Management. In 2011, he was selected by students and alumni to receive the Haggerty Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Dallas. While serving as Dean (2005-2008), J. Lee led the effort for initial accreditation of the University of Dallas College of Business by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

J. Lee’s industry experience includes over twenty years in manufacturing and distribution. He has held executive positions in marketing, logistics, and general management. His consulting experience includes executive coaching and leadership development engagements with Life.Church, Nokia, FedEx-Kinko’s, RadioShack, Siemens, Penson Financial Services, Vendor Resource Management, Reynolds Metals, Ball Container, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, Valor Telecom, City of Arlington, City of Southlake, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. 

He attended Austin College where he graduated with a BA in Economics and Political Science. He received his MBA and Ph.D. (Organizational Behavior) from The University of Texas at Arlington. J. Lee lives in Bedford with his wife Laura. They have four children and six precious grandchildren. 

Contact J. Lee Whittington, Ph.D.

Phone: 972-721-5034

An interdisciplinary faculty for an integrated learning experience

Master of Leadership professors teach across disciplines at the University of Dallas. We invite you to meet our faculty from the following departments: American Studies, BusinessEnglish & Literature, Politics, and Psychology


2018 Galbraith Lecture Explores 'Dante and Liturgical Time'

As we age, most of us ask ourselves, where has the time gone? Borrowing text from UD's Core curriculum, this spring semester's Galbraith Lecture will explore the difference between our own perception of time, and how the philosopher-poet Dante Alighieri viewed mankind's immortal clock, steeped in Scripture and in life.

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UD Presents: 'Dwelling: Paintings by Peter Ligon and Layla Luna'

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition featuring two Dallas/Fort Worth area artists, Peter Ligon and Layla Luna, who articulate the architectural styling of dwelling spaces in their paintings. Both artists will give presentations at an opening reception on Friday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Haggar Art History Auditorium located in the Haggerty Art Village on the University of Dallas’ Irving campus.

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Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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