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Sarah Chace

Sarah Chace

Assistant Professor

Luter Hall 201A
(757) 594-0737


  • Ed D in Adult Learning and Leadership, Columbia University
  • MPA in Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • MA in English Literature, University of Massachusetts
  • AB in English and American Literature and Lang, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges


Adaptive leadership; group relations; organizational behavior; servant leadership.


group relations; adult development; adaptive leadership; American culture and politics; systems thinking.


Sarah Chace, Ed.D., has worked, consulted, and taught in the field of Leadership Studies since 2001. While studying at the Harvard Kennedy School she encountered Heifetz's model of adaptive leadership, upon which her dissertation was later based. While at the Kennedy School she also served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Ronald Heifetz. She has served as an adjunct, a visiting assistant professor, and an assistant professor at various institutions of higher learning since 2009. Dr. Chace has published articles using adaptive leadership as a lens of analysis for past and current cultural and political issues in the US. For many years she was also a teacher in K-12 education systems.

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