COURSE TITLE: The Fundamentals of Catholic Servant (Virtue) Leadership

Instructor: Fr. Joshua Genig, Ph.D.



  1. Course Description:

This course will explore the nature of servant leadership (among the various leadership theories) in light of an inextricable connection with the person of Jesus Christ, who came, not to be served, but to serve. Emphasis will be both theological and practical, with the aim of forming faithful and skilled servants of Jesus Christ, across all walks of life. 

  1. Envisioned Learning Outcomes

  1. Course Schedule

  1. Required Texts:

Robert K. Greenleaf, The Servant as Leader (Atlanta, GA: The Greenleaf Center for Servant

Leadership, 2008).

Hermann Hesse, The Journey to the East (Mansfield Centre, CT: Martino, 2011).

  1. Church Documents/Additional Texts:

Various Magisterial documents will be referenced in the required text noted above.  Additional Magisterial documents and various texts (particularly related to Leadership), should they be required, will be provided by the instructor.  

Course Delivery Method:  Face-to-face/Online

Course Requirements:

  1. DBS – 100 points.
  2. Quizzes – 100 points.  
  3. Reflections – 100 points (4 x 15 points + 1 x 40 points)

Grading Criteria   


A 94-100; 

A- 90-93; 

B+ 87-89; 

B 84-86; 

B- 80-83; 

C+ 77-79; 

C 74-76; 

C- 70-73 


F 59 and below

Grading Rubric for Reflections







Absence of Understanding

Reflection shows no awareness of the concepts addressed in the topic by shifting off-topic 


Reflection demonstrates a misunderstanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic through an inability to re-explain them

Adequate Understanding

Reflection demonstrates an adequate understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic by a re-explanation of them

Solid understanding

Reflection demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic and uses that understanding effectively in the examples it provides

Insightful understanding

Reflection demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts of the topic through the use of examples and by making connections to other concepts


Incomplete writing

Reflection is only partially written or fails to address the topic

Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed 

Reflection touches only on the surface of the topic and proceeds to talk about something else; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage

Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill

Reflection is an uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment; satisfactory organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors

Solid writing with something interesting to say

Reflection is an adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples; level-appropriate syntax and diction;  mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error

command-level writing, making a clear impression

Reflection is a thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage 






Discussion Board Responses

Inadequate response

Response merely provides laudatory encouragement for original post, e.g., “Excellent post! You really have thought of something there.”

Poor response

Response misses the point of the original posting or merely summarizes original posting to which it responds.

Acceptable response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds.

Individually-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds and fosters its development.

Community-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the learning community and fosters its development.


Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Chris Apodaca, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.


Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.


Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.


Students who have completed little or no coursework are ineligible for an “Incomplete” in a course. An instructor may grant an incomplete to a student who:

An “I” for “Incomplete” is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the instructor. 

A student seeking an Incomplete should obtain the Incomplete form from the shared folder of the files tab in Populi or from the Associate Registrar’s office. The student will fill out the parts of the form pertaining to the student and submit the form to the instructor before the end of the semester.

If the instructor approves the Incomplete, the instructor fills out the section of the Incomplete form indicating what the student must do to finish the course and signs the form.

The instructor of an online class sends the approved form to the Assistant Registrar for online learning; the instructor of an on-campus class sends the form to the Associate Registrar for on-campus learning. The instructor also sends a copy of the completed Incomplete form to the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete (I) must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade  administratively turns into the grade of “F” for “Fail” if the course work is not completed by the end of the sixth week.

“W” for “Withdrawal” will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week.

Absent the granting of an “I” for Incomplete, “WF” for “Withdrawal/Fail” will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

A student who does not complete sufficient coursework to pass a course and does not request a W or a WF will receive an F as the final course grade.


Fr. Joshua Genig serves as Associate Professor of Church History and Benedicta Leadership Institute Studies, as well as Chair of the newly established Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies concentration in Women’s Leadership Studies.  He has received degrees from Concordia University (BA), Concordia Theological Seminary (MDiv), and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (PhD).  In addition to teaching at Holy Apostles, he serves as a Visiting Professor at Trinity College (University of Toronto) and an Adjunct Professor at Purdue University.  He resides in Michigan with his family.