Brian LaDuca

Associate vice president of academic affairs

Email:[email protected]

Department: Academic Affairs

Location: LBC 111


  • Ph.D. Educational Leadership, University of Dayton
  • MFA Directing for Theatre and Film, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • BFA Theatre Studies, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Why do you teach at Earlham?

I am honored to serve as the AVP of Academic Affairs at Earlham because I believe in whole person education, in purpose driven learning and giving meaning to the skills and competencies that come with a world class liberal arts education.

About Me

Prior to arriving at Earlham in January, 2024, Dr. Brian LaDuca spent 11 years as the founding Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at the University of Dayton. His ongoing research is focused on the relationship between necessary 21st Century skills in the workforce and competency-based curriculum in both secondary and post-secondary education institutions.

At the University of Dayton he was the lead architect for University of Dayton’s micro-credentials initiative, steered the ongoing city-wide collaboration of the GEM at the Dayton Arcade, raised nearly $500k in research money focused on transdisciplinary action research projects that looked to socially innovate the city of Dayton through design thinking practices, and graduated hundreds of students through IACT’s world-class applied creative skills and competencies.

Since 2015 he has presented his research and work across the world including keynote presentations and workshops in Mexico, Switzerland, Peru, and China. Brian in a native of Chicago, Illinois where he spent four years as Managing Director and faculty at the University of Chicago’s Theatre and Performance Studies program. He is lovingly supported by his wife Susie and his twin boys, Michelangelo and Joaquin and their sister, Giada.

Published works

The Need and Perception of 21st Century Skills Among Nursing Professionals and Nursing Educators in Southwest Ohio [Doctoral dissertation, University of Dayton]. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center.

Trauma-Informed Learning Community (TLC) for Educational Professionals: A Conceptual Framework for
Developing a Trauma-Informed Learning Community for Faculty and Staff . The Journal of Applied Instructional Design Special Issue, 2023.

Make Learning Visible with Microcredentials. The Big Idea Podcast with Ryan Scott, October, 2022.

Meet Student and Employer Demand for 21st Century Skills and Workforce Ready Employees. PaperClip Communications Webinar, October 2022

Upskilling Part II: Digital Credentialing and the Rapidly Changing Workforce. Mployer Advisor Webinar, September, 2022

Teaching Students Resilience in the Classroom. Inside Higher Ed, June, 2022.

Alumni Engagement Through Applied Creativity: A Case Study. Diverse Pedagogical Approaches to Experiential Learning Multidisciplinary Case Studies, Reflections, and Strategies, Vol. II, Palgrave MacMillan, 2021.

Pursuing Social Justice through Place-Based Community Engagement: Cultivating Applied Creativity, Transdisciplinarity, and Reciprocity in Catholic Higher Education. Christian Higher Education, 2020.

A transdisciplinary collaboration and innovation education model and experience. Research in Higher
Education Journal, 2019

Applied Creativity for Transformation. Teaching in Higher Education Podcast with Bonnie Stachowiak, October 2019.

Transforming the Well-Made Play into Collaborative, Transdisciplinary Humanity-Centered Education. Performing Arts as High Impact Practice, Palgraves, 2017.

Employing Applied Creativity and the Engineering Design Process in the Development of K-12 STE(A)M Curriculum Work In Progress. American Society for Engineering Education, 2017.

An Arts-based Instructional Model for Student Creativity in Engineering Design. International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy, 2017.

Directing Six Degrees of Separation: Multi-Media in Contemporary Theatre. Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.