Dung Q. Tran, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Organizational Leadership

Dr. Dung Q. Tran is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership in the School of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. Prior to relocating to Spokane, Dr. Tran taught doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate courses in Team Development, Organizational...

Dung Q. Tran

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University

M.T.S., Christian Spirituality, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

M.A., Secondary Education, Loyola Marymount University

B.A., Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University

B.A., Communication Studies, Loyola Marymount University

Courses Taught

ORGL 516: Organizational Development

ORGL 530: Servant-Leadership

ORGL 535: Listen, Discern, Decide

ORGL 600: Foundations of Leadership

ORGL 605: Imagine, Create, Lead

RELI 581: Ignatian Integration


Dr. Dung Q. Tran is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership in the School of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. Prior to relocating to Spokane, Dr. Tran taught doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate courses in Team Development, Organizational Integrity, and Ignatian Leadership at multiple Catholic and Jesuit universities in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Los Angeles.

Working at the nexus of organizational leadership and the Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic educational traditions, Professor Tran is interested in how spiritual, ethical, and values-based perspectives shape leader identity development and organizational leadership theory and practice. Dr. Tran is a co-editor of Servant-Leadership and Forgiveness: How Leaders Help Heal the Heart of the World (SUNY Press, 2020 – with J. Song, S. R. Ferch, and L. C. Spears). He has also authored or co-authored articles and book chapters on the inclusive and relational leadership of Popes John XXIII and Francis, workplace spirituality, Jesuit higher education leadership, Ignatian discernment, Benedictine spirituality, and the role of forgiveness in the Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal and cover-up.

Dr. Tran’s work has also appeared in the Humanistic Management Journal; the International Journal of Servant-Leadership; Communication Research Trends; the Journal of Catholic Education; the Asian-American Theological Forum; and (with M. R. Carey and/or L.C. Spears) in the following anthologies: The Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Well-Being (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021); The Routledge Companion to Mindfulness at Work (Routledge, 2020); New Horizons in Positive Leadership and Change: A Practical Guide for Workplace Transformation (Springer, 2020); Evolving Leadership for Collective Wellbeing: Lessons for Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Emerald, 2019); The Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); and Breaking the Zero-Sum Game: Transforming Societies Through Inclusive Leadership (Emerald, 2017).

Additionally, Professor Tran has presented his research at the Academy of Management; the International Leadership Association; the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools; the International Thomas Merton Society; Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education; the National Communication Association; and Western States Communication Association. In addition to Dr. Tran’s teaching and scholarship, he contributes to several initiatives of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. As part of Dr. Tran’s responsibilities as a member of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, he currently serves as the Web and Associate Editor of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education. Dr. Tran is also the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Alpha Sigma Nu, the international honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.

The son of Vietnamese refugees, Professor Tran earned his doctorate in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University and completed a master’s degree in Theological Studies – with emphases in Spirituality and Catholic Higher Education – at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Dr. Tran also holds Washington and California Teaching Credentials in History, a master’s degree in Secondary Education, and two bachelor’s degrees in Communication Studies and Theology from Loyola Marymount University.

Edited Book

Song, J., Tran, D. Q., Ferch, S. R., & Spears, L. C. (Eds.). (2020). Servant-leadership and forgiveness: How leaders help heal the heart of the world. SUNY Press. 

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Tran, D. Q., & Spears, L. C. (2020). Servant-leadership and community: Humanistic perspectives from Pope John XXIII and Robert K. Greenleaf. Humanistic Management Journal, 5(1), 117-131.

Tran, D. Q., & Spears, L. C. (2019). The common good and servant-leadership: Rocks upon which good societies, organizations, and leaders are built. The International Journal of Servant-Leadership, 13(1), 69-103.

Tran, D. Q. (2014). Faith and a contemporary context for American Catholic higher education. Communication Research Trends, 33(1), 29-34.  

Tran, D. Q. (2011). Beyond the paradoxical shadow of a Doubt: A powerful bond that sustains servant-leaders in their struggle for truth and justice. The International Journal of Servant-Leadership, 7(1), 293-315.  

Tran, D. Q. (2010). Toward a servant-led response rooted in forgiveness and restorative justice in the Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal.  The International Journal of Servant-Leadership, 6(1), 179-198. 

Book Chapters

Carey, M. R., & Tran, D. Q. (2021). Seeking meaning for the contemporary workplace: Insights from the desert fathers and mothers. In S. K. Dhiman, G. E. Roberts, & J. Crossman (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of workplace well-being (pp. xx-xx). Palgrave Macmillan.

Tran, D. Q. (2020). Attention, reverence, and devotion: An Ignatian method for fostering mindfulness at work. In S. K. Dhiman (Ed.), The Routledge companion to mindfulness at work (pp. 465-480). Routledge.

Tran, D. Q. (2020). Love and forgiveness: The cornerstones of servant-leadership and social justice. In J. Song, D. Q. Tran, S. R. Ferch, & L. C. Spears (Eds.), Servant-leadership and forgiveness: How leaders help heal the heart of the world (pp. 1-6). SUNY Press.

Tran, D. Q. (2020). Toward a servant-led response rooted in forgiveness and restorative justice in the Catholic clergy abuse scandal and cover-up. In J. Song, D. Q. Tran, S. R. Ferch, & L. C. Spears (Eds.), Servant-leadership and forgiveness: How leaders help heal the heart of the world (pp. 187-210). SUNY Press.

Tran, D. Q., Spears, L. C., & Carey, M. R. (2020). Building relational bridges: The inclusive spirit of servant-leadership. In S. K. Dhiman, & J. Marques (Eds.), New horizons in positive leadership and change: A practical guide for workplace transformation (pp. 127-142). Springer.

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2019). Relational leadership and Laudato Si’: Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home.  In S. Steffen, J. Rezmovits, S. Trevenna, & S. Rappaport, (Eds.), Evolving leadership for collective wellbeing: Lessons for implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 161-181). Bingley, U.K.: Emerald.  

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2018). 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. 883-900). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2018). 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. 753-772). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Tran, D. Q., & 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 (pp. 231-248). Bingley, U.K.: Emerald. 

Other Publications

Tran, D. Q. (2016, October). [Review of the book Religion in the classroom: Dilemmas for democratic education, by J. H. James, with S. Schweber, R. Kunzman, K. C. Barton, & K. Logan]. Journal of Catholic Education, 20(1), 349-354.

Tran, D. Q. (2015). Pray for one another. Asian-American Theological Forum, 1(2), 31-33.

Presentations at Peer-Refereed Conferences

Tran, D. Q. (Fall 2021). The land of hope and dreams: Bruce Springsteen’s sacred rhetoric and sacramental-prophetic imagination. Paper accepted for The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The River’ at 40: An International Symposium at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, N.J., U.S.A.  

Tran, D. Q. (2021, July 12 - 15). Learning to listen, discern, and decide in online organizational leadership education: Insights from Ignatius of Loyola and Robert Greenleaf. Paper accepted for the 26th Annual World Forum of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools and the 23nd Annual Meeting of Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico.

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2021, June 24 - 27). Strangers and aliens no longer: The experience of monastic hospitality and community in a hybrid graduate leadership education course. Paper accepted for the 17th General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN.

Selak, A., Tran, D. Q., Gaertner, K., Meyer, M., & Sanchez-Cuellar, F. (2021, June 3 - 6). Scholarship, loyalty, and service: Alpha Sigma Nu and the global commitment to justice in Jesuit higher education. Panel discussion accepted for the 20th Anniversary Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education conference sponsored by The National Steering Committee on Justice in Jesuit Higher Education at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Tran, D. Q. (2020, October 16-17). The land of hope and dreams. Bruce Springsteen’s sacred rhetoric, sacramental imagination, and spiritual leadership [Paper presentation]. Sacred Rhetoric 2020, Findlay, OH. https://winebrenner.edu/event/sacred-rhetoric-2020/ (Conference canceled)

Counts, D., Strawser, M. G., Ferguson, D. P., Woolard, C., Tran, D. Q., Pompper, D., Arora, A., & Kovalyova, N. (2019, November 17). Organizational change in higher education: The current and future repercussions of survival-based change. Panel presentation at the 105th Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Tran, D. Q. (2019, October 25). Sister Rose Ann Fleming: An unlikely point guard and intentional servant-leader. Paper presented at the 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI.

Dhiman, S., Roberts, G., Crossman, J., Kriger, M., Schockman, H. E., Heath, K., & Tran, D. Q. (2019, August 12). Creating inclusive organizations through wise leadership, servant-leadership, and inclusive leadership.  Panel symposium presentation at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA. 

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2019, July 13). Disruption and dialogue in online organizational leadership education: Insights from Ignatius of Loyola and Paulo Freire.  Paper presented at the 3rd Global Jesuit Business Ethics Conference and the 22nd Annual Meeting of Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2019, June 28). Thomas Merton and the formation of authentic leaders. Paper presented at the 16th General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.  

Tran, D. Q. (2019, April 6). Illuminating the processes of love, forgiveness, and servant-leadership: Insights from the imprisonment experiences of Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan.  Paper presented at Leadership: Illuminating the Process, the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Leadership Studies Conference, Harrisburg, PA. 

Tran, D. Q. (2019, April 4). Building peace (leadership) through hope: Insights from the imprisonment writings of Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan.  Paper presented at Building Peace through Kindness, Dialogue, and Forgiveness, the 5th International Conference on Hate Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. 

Tran, D. Q. (2018, November 10). Give peace a chance: John Lennon’s peace leadership during the Vietnam Conflict. Paper presented at The Beatles’ The White Album: An International Symposium at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ.  

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2018, October 26). Francis @ five: An appraisal of servant-leadership characteristics. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, West Palm Beach, FL.  

Carey, M. R., Tran, D. Q., Caputo, J., & Wade, S. (2018, October 25). Exploring Renaissance insights for the 21st century.  Roundtable discussion at the 20th Annual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, West Palm Beach, FL.  

Tran, D. Q., & Spears, L. C. (2018, June 21). The common good and servant-leadership: Rocks upon which good societies are built.  Paper presented at Building Institutions for the Common Good: The Purpose and Practice of Business in an Inclusive Economy, the 10th International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Business Education & the 6th Colloquium on Christian Humanism in Business and Society at the University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN.  

Carey, M. R., Heiser, D., & Tran, D. Q. (2018, April 21). Servant-leadership: From theory to practice. Panel discussion at Leadership and Challenging Landscapes, the 6th Annual Student Leadership Symposium at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. 

Carey, M. R., & Tran, D. Q. (2018, March 19). To do the right deed for the right reason: Toward a more mindful and self-aware leader. Paper presented at Leadership for the 21st Century, an interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Philosophy, Religion, and Worldviews Learning Community of the International Leadership Association at California Baptist University, Riverside, CA. 

Houglum, D., Tran, D. Q., Armstrong, J., & Gambrell, K. (2017, October 14). Educating the whole person during turbulent times through the integration of faith and leadership.  Panel discussion at the 19th Annual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, Brussels, Belgium.  

Carey, M. R., Tran, D. Q., Horsman, J. H., & Han, B. (2017, October 13). A monastic model of leadership for turbulent times.  Roundtable discussion at the 19th Annual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, Brussels, Belgium.  

Tran, D. Q. (2017, September 22). Listening with one’s heart: Towards a Benedictine understanding of leadership in turbulent times.  Paper presented at A Distinctive Vision?: Catholic Higher Education 50 years after Land O’Lakes, a symposium sponsored by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO.

Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. R. (2017, August 11). 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 sponsored by The National Steering Committee on Justice in Jesuit Higher Education at Seattle University, Seattle, WA.  

Smith, J., & Tran, D. Q. (2017, July 17). Jesuit-informed casuistry and its significance for business ethics. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual World Forum of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools at the University of Namur, Namur, Belgium.

Tran, D. Q. (2017, July 8). Indifference, discernment, and adaptation: The transformative dynamics of Ignatian pedagogy in online course design. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education at Creighton University, Omaha, NE. 

Tran, D. Q. (2017, May 31). Joy and mercy: The heart of Pope Francis’ rhetoric of restoration and reform. Paper presented at the Sacred Rhetoric Conference, sponsored by Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay, OH.

Tran, D. Q., & King, T. L. (2016, November 3). With and for others: The impact of servant-leadership and the social change model on a residential community. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, Atlanta, GA. 

Boitano, A., Lagomarsino, R., Schockman, H. E., Agger-Gupta, N., Harris, B., Stefani, L., Tran, D. Q., & Carey, M. (2016, November 3). Breaking the zero-sum game: Transforming societies through inclusive leadership.  Panel discussion at the 18th Annual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, Atlanta, GA. 

Caputo, J. S., Osborne, T., Crandall, H. M., & Tran, D. Q. (2016, February 26). Ethical and collective memory: Repeating cultural stories with our students. Panel discussion at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association, San Diego, CA. 

Tran, D. Q., Carey, M. L., Hoover, K. F., Leger, S.J., A. F. (2015, October 14). Beyond Barcelona: A pilgrimage to the mountaintop monastery of Montserrat. Workshop presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Leadership Association, Barcelona, Spain. 

Tran, D. Q. (2014, April 18). When necessary, use words: Pope Francis’ approach to image restoration. Paper presented at Mediating Religion: Modes of Communication in Religious Contexts, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.  

Tran, D. Q. (2014, February 16). Virgencita Linda: Celestial mother and mural of hope. Paper presented at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Anaheim, CA.

Tran, D. Q. (2014, February 8). Faith and contemporary contexts for American Catholic Higher Education. Paper presented at Technology, Rhetoric, and Cultural Change: Walter J. Ong, S.J. in the Age of Google, Facebook, and Twitter, an interdisciplinary conference on the thought of Walter J. Ong, S.J. at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. 

Invited Presentations

Tran, D. Q. (2019, February 15). Growing the value and leadership of honor societies through storytelling and design.  Presentation at the 2019 Annual Council Meeting of the Association of College Honor Societies, Indianapolis, IN. 

Tran, D. Q. (2018, February 15). Cherishing the wisdom of community: A Benedictine contribution to (graduate) leadership education.  2017-2018 Faculty Fellows Presentation for the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Seattle University, Seattle, WA.

Tran, D. Q. (2017, May 11). Keynote Speaker, Graduation Dinner, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. 

Academic Research Grants Funded

Tran, D. Q. (2020, March). Faculty Scholars for Mission Grant, Office of the Vice-President for Mission and Ministry, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. $2500 and a 3 credit course release. 

Tran, D. Q. (2019, April). Summer 2019 Faculty Development Grant, Office of the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA. $1812.

Tran, D. Q. (2018, December). Spring 2019 Supplemental Travel Grant, Office of the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA. $800.

Tran, D. Q. (2018, October). Fall 2018 Supplemental Travel Grant, Office of the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Cabrini University, Radnor, PA. $800.

Tran, D. Q. (2017, June). Endowed Mission Grant, Center for Jesuit Education, Seattle University, Seattle, WA. $2550

Tran, D. Q. (2016, December). Faculty Research Grant, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle University, Seattle, WA. $2800.

Tran, D. Q. (2016, February). Endowed Mission Grant, Office for Jesuit Mission and Identity, Seattle University, Seattle, WA. $2000

Tran, D. Q. (2015, December). Faculty Research Grant, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle University, Seattle, WA. $1250.   

Tran, D. Q. (2014, February). Faculty Research Grant, College of Communication and Fine Arts, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. $850