Ripple Effects

Multifaceted Mentoring of Educational Leadership Doctoral Students

  • Debra Bukko CSU Stanislaus
  • Jose Manuel Martinez Cardenas CSU Stanislaus
  • Regina Coletto CSU Stanislaus
Keywords: Mentoring, Educational Leadership, Doctoral Students, Ripple Effects, Social Capital, Cohort, Faculty, graduates


In this article we explore the impact of mentoring on individuals who completed a doctoral program in educational leadership. Participants described the impact and ripple effects of mentoring on degree completion and their work as K-20 leaders to inform policy, shape practice and transform education; they also provided recommendations for infusing mentoring into the doctoral program. Data collected through focus groups and Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) was examined through Social Capital Theory and indicates mentoring for professionals seeking the Ed.D. should be multifaceted, centered on the emancipatory belief in the capacity of each individual, and woven into each program element. This study contributes to mentoring literature and extends knowledge about the unique needs of P-20 educational leaders pursuing the Ed.D. We argue for provision of a multifaceted mentoring program, which draws upon the expertise of members within the program’s network (faculty, program graduates and cohort members). Purposeful, proactive and responsive mentorship will meet the individual needs of each student, including candidates from diverse backgrounds and other marginalized populations.

Author Biographies

Debra Bukko, CSU Stanislaus

Dr. Debra Bukko is an Associate Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at California State University, Stanislausis. Having served as a P-12 teacher and administrator, her research interests center on issues of equity, educational leadership, transformative learning, and efficacy.

Jose Manuel Martinez Cardenas, CSU Stanislaus

Dr. José Manuel Martinez Cárdenas completed the CSU Stanislaus Educational Leadership doctoral program in 2014. In his professional context, he has served as a P-12 school counselor and adjunct professor in the California State University, Stanislaus school counseling program. He currently is a Student Assistant Program Chair for Stockton Unified and serves as a leader in The California School Counselor Association (CASC).


Regina Coletto, CSU Stanislaus

Dr. Regina Coletto completed the CSU Stanislaus Educational Leadership doctoral program in 2014. She has served in various community college capacities and as a CSU Stanislaus adjunct professor in research methods and education courses. She currently serves as the Director of Guided Pathways and First Year Experience at Merced College.

Empirical & Conceptual Studies