John W Frank

Asst Dir Student Affairs

Taylor Leadership Institute | Student and International Affairs

Areas of Expertise

Student leadership development, co-curricular learning, reflective practice, community-based learning, moral discourse, values talk, inter-group dialogue, organizational culture, transformational leadership, appreciative inquiry, open space technology, social capital, civil society, adult learning, experiential learning, communitarian democracy, diversity, cultural competency, social movements, peace studies, nonviolent communication, social change theory;


Ed.D., Educational Leadership, with cognate in Public Adminsitration, Univ. of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, 2002;
M.A., Applied Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 1981;
B.A., Philosophy, St. Leo University, St. Leo, FL, 1972;


Dr. Frank has been a member of the staff of the Taylor Leadership since its founding as the Institute for Values, Community and Leadership in 2010. As administrative faculty and assistant director at the Taylor Leadership Institute, he coordinates TLI's day-to-day program oversight of the leadership minor, advises students in the program, coaches students in reflective practice on their co-curricular leadership experiences, and regularly teaches the Senior Leadership Practicum capstone course. He has taught courses in Values-Driven Leadership, Inter-Group Dialogue, and Conflict Transformation.

Dr. Frank also oversees the department's piloting of UNF's custom co-curricular transcript, known as the Experiential Learning Transcript. The ELT enables students in the leadership minor to employ reflective practice as they document co-curricular leadership learning outcomes in a range of venues outside the classroom.

Prior his position with the Taylor Leadership Institute, Dr. Frank served UNF as an adjunct professor in the Dept. of Political Science as well as in the College of Education and Human Services. At that time he was also an organization development consultant and was engaged in several contractual relationships with the Division of Student Affairs, serving as chair of the Committee on Equity & Civility (forerunner to the current Commission on Diversity and Inclusion) and chair of the UNF Values Integration Task Force. He also worked closely with the former Institute for International Affairs as coordinator of UNF's first International Symposium on Conflict Transformation in tandem with related events during Peace Awareness Week in 2007. He also was a Visiting Research Fellow with UNF's Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions from 2003-05;

Dr. Frank's research and practice with organizations explores how leaders "talk values" and how leaders engage constituents in moral/evaluative conversation that shapes organizational culture, increases productivity, and builds social capital that is so necessary to sustain vibrant democratic society. He has worked with educational, social service agencies, churches and  community organizing agencies for over 40 years and has long been active in peace, social justice, environmental and progressive church reform movements. He is the former director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeast Florida, the Marywood Center for Spirituality and Ministry in the Diocese of St. Augustine, and founded the Florida region of Pax Christi-Florida, a branch of the International Catholic Peace Movement. He is married to his wife, Patricia, and is the proud father of four adult children and grandfather of five grandchildren.

Publications & Presentations

The Student Affairs Calling Card: The Intentional Study and Practice of Leadership Competencies; presenter at the annual convention of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Indianapolis, IN, March. 2016;

Co-Investigator and coordinator of UNF’s participation in the 2015 Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL); DePaul University, Chicago IL;

Crossing Borders in Pursuit of Authentic Student Leadership Development: A partnership model between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs; Member of the presentation team, 23rd Annual Dalton Institute on College Student Values, Florida State University, January, 2013;

Co-Investigator and coordinator of UNF’s participation in the 2012 Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL); DePaul University, Chicago IL;

Transforming Power Relationships: Institute on Nonviolent Action for Church Reform; Presentation/Facilitation Team, American Catholic Council, Washington D.C. Fall, 2012 ;

A View from the Balcony: How Actions Shape our  Values; facilitated panel of student leaders and alumni; 2011 Student Leadership Summit, Univ. of North Florida;

Soundings of the Faithful: Listening Sessions on the Way to Detroit; Editor of written report and producer of related video, documenting findings from nearly 100 community-based listening sessions across the US, in preparation for the inaugural American Catholic Council. June, 2011.

Calibrating the Leadership Compass: A Model that Inspires and Transforms; Member of the Presentation Team, 21st Annual Dalton Institute on College Student Values, Florida State University, February, 2011.

Transformational Leadership: How Leaders Talk Values; Presenter at Professional Development Forum, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL (May, 2010)

Peacemaking as Cultural Transformation. Keynote Address, Teach Peace Conference; hosted by Peace Education Action Center and New College, Sarasota, FL (March, 2009);

Project Coordinator, Washington DC Peace Mural Exhibition; Peace Mural Foundation, Inc. (July 2008-January, 2009)

Facilitator, Appreciative Inquiry Workshops, Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine; (Summer-Fall, 2008)

Mapping a Culture of Peace; designed and facilitated an ongoing series of community-based dialogues in ten cities around Florida;  Fla. Coalition for Peace and Justice; (2005-2008)

The Andragogy of Dialogue: The role of nonprofits in advancing social justice through moral talk in public space. 36th Annual Meeting of the Association for Research of Nonprofits and Voluntary Associations (ARNOVA), Atlanta, Ga., November, 2007. (Nominated as Outstanding paper).

Chairperson, Symposium on Conflict Transformation: Theory and Practice for Peace in Troubled Times, University of North Florida; (October, 2007)

Chairperson, Peace Awareness Week, University of North Florida; (October, 2007)

Jacksonville Community Initiated Redevelopment Forum; Facilitator; US Environmental Protection Agency, Jacksonville, Florida (June, 2007)

Dialogue That Fills the Vacuum; Facilitator of monthly community dialogues exploring issues of environmental ethics, sponsored by the Robert B Ragland Foundation, Jacksonville, Florida; (2006-07)

UNF Listening Sessions on Equity and Civility; Designed and Facilitated a series of campus focus groups; (Spring, 2007)

Facilitated implementation of strategic action plan of presidential-appointed Committee on Equity & Civility at the Univ. of North Florida, addressing needs of the campus LGBT community; (2006-07)

Miami Paints Peace, An interactive Art & Dialogue workshop, Miami Art Palace, Miami Fl; (Oct. 2006)

Framing a Culture of Peace through Community Conversation; workshop presentation at the National Conference for Dialogue and Deliberation. San Francisco, Ca; (August, 2006)

Focus Group Facilitation on issues of race/gender relations within the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department; in collaboration with the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and the Florida Center for Public and International Policy, Univ. of North Florida, Jacksonville; (May, 2006)

How Leaders Talk Values; paper delivered at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). Jacksonville, Fl. (March, 2006);

Strategic Planning Consultation, WMNF Radio, Tampa, FL; (Jan-March. 2006)

Transformational Leadership and the Practice of Moral Talk; Conference on Global Leadership, Learning & Research; Fischler School of Educ & Human Srvcs, NOVA Univ. Orlando, Fl; (July, 2005)

Leadership and Moral Decision-Making in Groups; Shimer College, Waukegan, IL; (Oct. 2004)

3rd Place Conversations, a series of community dialogues on politics and religion, Jax, FL; (2004)

Project EKG; The Heart of Nursing Leadership, Program Evaluator; The Institute of

Government & the College of Health, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL; (2003-04)

Re-visioning Retreat; Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice, Gainesville, FL; (2004)’

Pre-Emptive Peace: In Search of a Nonviolent Response; A forum on the US Role in GlobalPolitics; Jacksonville Chapter of U.N. Association of the USA; Univ. of North Fla; (2003)

Beyond the Talk: Improving Race Relations, Jacksonville Community Council; (2002)

From Moral Conversation to Public Policy, Pax Christi Florida Assembly, Gainesville, FL; (2002)

Assessment of Mission and Values, Florida Mental Health Institute, Tampa, FL. (1999)

Leadership Assessment Strategies, Epilepsy Foundation of NE Fla. 1997)

Reducing Violence in Jacksonville Schools; Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. (1994)


  • Frank, J. (2010).  Nonprofits: Advancing public dialogue about a ‘Culture of Peace’. In C.Carter (Ed), Conflict Resolution and Peace Education: Transformations Across Disciplines, Palgrave MacMillan.

  • Trice, L.B., D'Alisera, L. & Frank, J. (2005). Developing a change project to practice leadership skills. In M. Greenberg & H. Feldman (Eds.), Educating nurses for leadership. New York: Springer.

  • Frank, J. (2002) Transformational Leadership & Moral Discourse in the Workplace and Civil Society. Ann Arbor, MI: Dissertation Publishing, University of Michigan.


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