Michael R. Carey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership

Before coming to Gonzaga University in 1987, Dr. Michael Carey served as a teacher, campus minister, and vice principal at Catholic secondary schools in Los Angeles and Spokane over a period of thirteen years. He received his B.A. degree in English from...

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Contact Information

  • Spring 2018
    Tuesdays: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

    Thursdays: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

  • 509-313-3550

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Gonzaga University

M.A., Educational Administration and Curriculum, Gonzaga University

B.A., English, Loyola Marymount University

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

ORGL 510 - Renaissance Leadership for the 21st Century

ORGL 522 - Leadership and Community: Empowerment, Collaboration, and Dialogue

ORGL 530 - Servant-Leadership

ORGL 600 - Foundations of Leadership

RELI 581 - Ignatian Spirituality

ORGL 535 - Listen, Discern, Decide

ORGL 518 - Transforming Leadership

Before coming to Gonzaga University in 1987, Dr. Michael Carey served as a teacher, campus minister, and vice principal at Catholic secondary schools in Los Angeles and Spokane over a period of thirteen years.  He received his B.A. degree in English from Loyola Marymount University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in educational leadership from Gonzaga University. Dr. Carey’s master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation were both on the topic of the mission preparation of lay administrators in the Jesuit secondary schools in the United States, and his dissertation was published by Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus.  He has also published articles and books on the topics of transforming leadership and servant-leadership, and has served as a consultant for a variety of organizations.

Hired in 1987 to direct the newly created Organizational Leadership graduate program at Gonzaga, Dr. Carey made use of his background in Jesuit education by taking responsibility for the mission orientation of all new faculty and staff at the University for eight years and, with Fr. Pat O’Leary, S.J., he co-founded the Council for Partnership in Mission at Gonzaga in 1989. Dr. Carey has published articles and delivered major presentations to the University community on the Jesuit, Catholic, and Humanistic character of Gonzaga University and on the dynamics of lay-Jesuit collaboration in the Ignatian vision of education; he has experienced the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and has been a director of the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) for faculty and staff at Gonzaga University; he has made a pilgrimage to Pamplona, Loyola, Montserrat, Manresa, Barcelona, and Rome to visit the key sites related to Ignatius of Loyola’s own transformation experience and his development of the Spiritual Exercises; and he developed the original proposal for Jesuit Commons, which links Jesuit educational resources throughout the world with Jesuit social apostolates. Dr. Carey was instrumental in the development of a successful online version of the M.A. in Organizational Leadership program at Gonzaga, working to replicate the experience of Ignatian pedagogy that has defined the learning of campus-based Organizational Leadership students.

Dr. Carey has served in a variety of formal administrative roles during his 30-year tenure at Gonzaga: seven years as the first Director of the Organizational Leadership program; five years as the first Coordinator of the Council for Partnership in Mission; two years as Executive Assistant to the President; four years as the first Director of Distributive Learning for the School of Leadership Studies; four years as Chairperson of the Department of Organizational Leadership; multiple years on the University’s Graduate Council, Academic Council, Graduate Committee of the Academic Council, and Strategic Planning Committee; one year as the chairperson of the ad-hoc Committee on Racial Equality and Cultural Understanding that responded to specific incidents of racial harassment at the University; three years as Vice President and then President of the Faculty Assembly; five years as a member of the Faculty Senate; and one year as the chairperson of the Mission and Community Committee of the Faculty Senate.  After serving two years as Interim Dean of the School of Leadership Studies, in 2012 he was appointed the first Dean of the newly created Virtual Campus at Gonzaga University, and served in that position for five years.

Dr. Carey and his wife have been married for 44 years, and have five daughters, all alumnae of Gonzaga Preparatory School and Gonzaga University.

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (in press). Cherishing the wisdom of community: A Benedictine model of leadership for turbulent times.  In S. K. Dhiman, G. E. Roberts, & J. Crossman (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of workplace spirituality and fulfillment (pp. ??-??). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.  

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (in press). “Toward a discerning mind and heart: An Ignatian approach to workplace spirituality and spiritual leadership.”  In S. K. Dhiman, G. E. Roberts, & J. Crossman (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of workplace spirituality and fulfillment (pp. ??-??). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.   

Tran, D.Q. and Carey, M.R. (2017, August 10-13), “Digital concepts via direct contact: Integrating Ignatian ideals in hybrid and online study abroad course design for adult students.” Paper presented at Through the Eye of the Needle: Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education, a conference presented by The National Steering Committee on Justice in Jesuit Higher Education at Seattle University, Seattle, WA.

Tran, D.Q. and Carey, M.R. (2017), “Mercy within mercy: The heart of Pope Francis’ inclusive leadership in a broken world.” In A. Boitano, H. E. Schockman, & R. Lagomarsino (Eds.), Breaking the zero-sum game: Transforming societies through inclusive leadership. Bingley, U.K.: Emerald.

Ferch, S.R., Spears, L.C., McFarland, M. and Carey, M.R. (2015) Conversations on servant-leadership: insights on human courage in life and work.  Albany: State University of New York Press.

Simha, A. and Carey, M.R. (2012), “The encyclical letter (Caritas in Veritate)—A shout-out to social entrepreneurship?.” Journal of Entrepreneurship, 21:1.

Hazel, M. and Carey, M.R. (2010), “Leadership and community course.” Paper presented at the Religious Communication Association, San Francisco, California.

Wilson, S., Francovich, C., Crandall, H., Armstrong, J. and Carey, M.R. (2010), “The cube: an integrated framework for leadership studies curriculum at BA, MA, and PhD levels.” Paper presented at the Association of Leadership Educators, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 2010.

Carey, M.R. (2005) “Approaches to servant-leadership.” Workshop at the Leadership Institute for Education, Greenleaf Center for Servant-leadership, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 2005.

Carey, M.R., Albert, J.F., Dysinger, L., Ferch, S.R., O’Donnell, S. and Wilson, S. (2003), "Monastic puritas cordis and contemporary leadership: The dynamics of individual and organizational health.” Paper presented at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting, Western Academy of Management, Palm Springs, California.

Carey, M.R., (2000) “Stability, obedience, and conversation: monastic metaphors for the post-modern organization.” Paper presented at the Forty-first Annual Meeting, Western Academy of Management, Hawaii.

Carey, M.R. (1999) Heraclitean fire: journeying on the path of leadership.  Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Carey, M.R., (1997) “Jesuit, catholic and humanistic: separate bedrooms or strange bedfellows?”  Presentation made at Gonzaga University: The Jerry Tucker Memorial Lecture on the University Mission.

Carey, M.R., (1996) “Confessions of a white administrator." Paper presented at the Conference on Multi-cultural Affairs, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Gonzaga University.

Carey, M.R., (1995) "Art and transformation in Murder in the Cathedral" in Public Administration Illuminated and Inspired by the Arts (Charles T. Goodsell and Nancy Murray, Eds.).  Westport, CT:  Praeger Publishers.

Carey, M.R., (1992) "Transformational leadership and the fundamental option for self-transcendence." Leadership Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 217-236.

Carey, M.R., (1992) "If you meet Ignatius on the road, kill him!"  Paper presented at Companions/2000, a meeting of the Jesuits of the Oregon Province and their lay collaborators, Spokane, WA.

Carey, M.R., with John Kohls (1992), "When good people make bad choices:  an exploration of reasons for unethical business behavior,” Paper presented at the Thirty-third Annual Meeting, Western Academy of Management, Spokane, WA.

Carey, M.R., (1991) "Transformative Christian leadership."  Human Development, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 30-34.

Carey, M.R., (1990) "Lay-jesuit collaboration:  Vive L'indifference!,"  Presence, Vol. 3, pp. 3-5.

Carey, M.R., (1990) "If you meet Ignatius on the road, kill him." Gonzaga University: The Arnold Lecture on the Humanities.

Carey, M.R., (1989) "Confessions of a lay collaborator," America, Vol. 160, No. 20, pp. 500-502.

Carey, M.R., (1987) Lay administrators in Jesuit secondary schools:  sharing both vision and responsibility in genuine collaboration (doctoral dissertation).  Portland:  Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus.

Carey, M.R., (1986) "School discipline:  better to be loved or feared?"  Momentum, Vol. XVII, No. 2, pp. 20-21.

Current research centers on servant-leadership, leadership formation, and Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy