Dr. Emile Hawkins Sr.

Chair, Department of Entrepreneurial Leadership ehhawkins@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BPS (Bachelor of Professional Studies), Barry University, Miami
MA in Theological/Historical Studies, Oral Roberts University
DSL (Doctorate of Strategic Leadership), Regent University


Dr. Emile Hawkins has long been passionate about the topic of servant leadership, so he is an ideal fit for Southeastern University, joining the Historical, Legal, & Leadership Studies department in 2010. Dr. Hawkins sees the significance of Robert Greenleaf’s statement that “a servant leader is a servant first!” and ties it to Jesus’ words in Matthew 20:28: “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Dr. Hawkins brings a wealth of life, leadership, and academic experience to his teaching, including over 16 years in the reserves. He first served in the Marine Corps Reserves and then in the Air National Guard as a chaplain, attaining the rank of major. He completed the USAF Air University’s Air Command and Staff College, which earned him a leadership diploma, which is equivalent to a 21-hour graduate program degree. Dr. Hawkins has published Coming Home: For Those Who Serve and Those Who Wait with Danny Lynchard and Man Overboard and the Leaders that Watched Him Sink with Ed Funk. The former is a devotional book published by Nelson, while the latter encourages leaders to transform their organizational cultures by being servants and by supporting their subordinates at every level.

Dr. Hawkins has also given many presentations on leadership, organizational behavior, and strategic planning, speaking to diverse groups such as the IACBE International Conference, the Medical Group Management Association, and the Strategic Planning Conference. He has conducted leadership development for numerous churches and nonprofits at various locations around the country. He believes that sound and biblical study of leadership should influence society on every level.

What really excites Dr. Hawkins about teaching at Southeastern is the opportunity to allow the Holy Spirit to impact the lives of students, faculty, and staff. He believes that the reiteration and reverberation of servant leadership concepts throughout the campus is something that cannot be found on any other campus around the world.

At Southeastern, Dr. Hawkins teaches Personal Financial Stewardship from a Biblical Perspective, Leading Organizational Change, and the Leadership Forum. As the leadership program grows, he will also be teaching Leadership-Followership & Teamwork, Organizational Behavior, Leadership Development, Applied Servant Leadership, and Cross-Cultural Leadership. His research interests are leadership in organizations and faith integration.