South African Higher Education Leader to Speak at WKU

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research is pleased to host Dr. Rachel Morake, currently the Head of Mission Administration at South African’s Italian embassy, on Tuesday, September 1, from 11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Central time.

Dr. Morake will present “Living Beyond the Glass Ceiling: A Discussion Between Policy and Practice in Higher Education Leadership and Administration in South Africa.”  The presentation will focus on the life experiences of female academic leaders in South African higher education.

All are welcome but please RSVP to Missy Pardue, Melissa.pardue@wku.edu by noon on August 31 to attend. 

Teaching and Educational Leadership from an International Perspective

WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences will host Mr. Neil Calvert, Headmaster of Long Eaton School (United Kingdom) for a special presentation on Monday, August 31, in the auditorium of Gary Ransdell Hall.  Mr. Calvert will speak at 3:30 p.m. Central time on “Teaching and Educational Leadership from an International Perspective.”

The Long Eaton School is a secondary school of 1,300 students ages 11 to 18.  The school has gained national recognition for its work in international education and developing and international dimension to its curriculum.

Mr. Calvert’s team also works extensively in initial teacher training both in the UK and with overseas institutions and has hosted student teachers from WKU since 2011.

Admission is free and all are welcome.  A reception will be held after the talk in GRH 2064.

EALR welcomes new faculty member, Dr. Tom Stewart

TomWKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research is pleased to welcome its newest faculty member, Dr. Tom Stewart.

Dr. Stewart is a veteran Kentucky educator and experienced university faculty member.  He will teach primarily in the school principal certification and supervisor of instruction programs.

A 2011 graduate of WKU’s Doctorate of Educational Leadership program, Dr. Stewart has taught elementary, middle, and high school students, served as a district instructional supervisor, and has worked for the Kentucky Department of Education as a Highly-Skilled Educator and Educational Recovery Leader.  He is also a former professor of education at Austin Peay State University.

Dr. Stewart regularly provides consulting and professional development services to area schools and districts, leads Diagnostic Reviews for AdvancED, and conducts qualitative research studies on the contemplative dimensions of teaching and school leadership.

“I am sincerely honored to be returning to my alma mater as a faculty member,” Dr. Stewart said.  “I look forward to continuing and extending my work with practicing school and school district leaders, as well as learning with my colleagues and aspiring school leaders at WKU.”

Keaster named professor emeritus

ric_keasterAt their April 24, 2015 meeting the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents named Dr. Ric Keaster professor emeritus.  Dr. Keaster retired from the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research in December 2014. “Professor emeritus” is an honorary rank used to designate retired faculty members who have exhibited a career of distinguished service to the university and to their academic field.

A reception for Dr. Keaster will be held on Friday, May 15, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Central time in Room 3086 of Gary Ransdell Hall.  All friends, former students, and colleagues of Dr. Keaster are invited to attend and celebrate his career.  Please RSVP to EALR Office Associate Missy Pardue at Melissa.pardue@wku.edu.

Read more about Dr. Keaster’s accomplishments here.

Apply Now for the 2015 Tate Page Education Leader Assistantship

The Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research invites applications for the 2015 Tate C. Page Educational Leader Assistantship.  Applications are due April 30, 2015.

This assistantship program, founded by the late WKU dean of the College of Education, is worth $2,750 this year.  All students admitted to WKU education administration programs (Principal Level I, Principal Level II, DPP, supervisor of instruction, and superintendent) and who will be taking at least one class during the Fall 2015 term are eligible to apply.

The successful applicant will demonstrate excellence in scholarship, potential for leadership, good character, and financial need.

This is an assistantship program, rather than a scholarship.  The successful applicant will agree to complete duties as assigned by the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research as a condition of receiving the assistantship.  For the 2015 award, the successful applicant will assist with screening principal candidates in the Spring 2016 cohort.

Please contact Dr. Gary Houchens, gary.houchens@wku.edu, for more information or to receive an application.

Leadership expert Peter Northouse to speak at WKU

northouseDr. Peter G. Northouse, professor emeritus in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University, will deliver the 2015 Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar Lecture on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. Central time in Gary Ransdell Auditorium on WKU’s Bowling Green campus.

Northouse is author of the book, Leadership: Theory and Practice, now it its sixth edition and considered a foundational textbook in the field.  The book is a centerpiece of WKU’s Doctorate in Educational Leadership program and provides a historic overview of leadership theory and research.

Dr. Northouse will speak on “Leadership in the 21st Century: Theories and Trends.”  The lecture is free and open to the public.  Doctoral students and practicing and aspiring leaders in schools, post-secondary institutions, and other organizations are encouraged to attend.

EALR Professor Jim Berger to speak at first Research Brown Bag event

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research will host the first in a series of presentations on current research being carried out by EALR professors on Tuesday, March 17.  Dr. Jim Berger, professor of adult education, will present on “Cultural Markers Within the Classroom and Potential Impacts on Learning.”  See details below.

These Research Brown Bag events will give professors a chance to share their current research and solicit feedback from colleagues and students.  Doctoral students, aspiring leaders, and practitioners are invited to attend and participate in the discussion.  Please email Dr. Jie Zhang to RSVP by  March 16 if you can attend: jie.zhang@wku.edu.

You can read about Dr. Berger’s recent awards for service to the field of adult education here and here.

Berger brown bag

EALR profs Wilson and Houchens featured on WKYU-PBS “Outlook” program

WKU Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research professors Dr. Kristin Wilson and Dr. Gary Houchens appeared on a recent episode of the WKYU-PBS program, “Kentucky Outlook,” hosted by Barbara Deeb.

The episode explored a number of hot-button issues facing Kentucky, and the segment featuring Dr. Wilson and Dr. Houchens examined recent education issues like President Obama’s proposal of “free community college for all,” teacher evaluation, and the reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Watch the complete episode here.  The segment on education begins around 17:04.

Apply now for Fall 2015 WKU principal certification program

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, & Research is now reviewing applications for admission to the Fall 2015 principal certification program cohort.  Click here for more information about principal certification at WKU, and click here to access an application packet.

For priority consideration, applications should be received by March 30, 2015.  Please email Dr. Gary Houchens, program coordinator, to request an application, ask questions, or express your intent to apply: gary.houchens@wku.edu.

WKU seeks highly-effective teachers with at least 3 years of successful classroom experience, a Master’s degree, and a 3.0 minimum Master’s-level grade point average for application to our rigorous, cohort-based certification program.

The program requires a minimum of 18 credit hours completed over a three-semester timeframe.  Many candidates can be eligible for Level I certification in as little as 18 months.  Candidates may complete the program for certification only or for Rank I status (requires a minimum of 30 credit hours).  Options are also available for completing principal certification as a component of the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree or Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD) program (additional admissions requirements apply for both options).

WKU’s principal program is offered in a hybrid format, blending online learning and approximately four face-to-face Saturday classes per semester.  Principal courses heavily emphasize field-based experiences that immerse candidates in leadership opportunities in their own schools and districts.  A mentoring component ensures principal candidates receive on-going feedback and support at the district level as they progress through the program.

We anticipate that all principal candidates who are graduates of WKU’s College of Education and Behavior Sciences or who are employed in a district belonging to the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative will be eligible for the Topper Educator Graduate Scholarship, which could save candidates thousands of dollars during the duration of their program.

Also, principal candidates from Allen, Barren, Grayson, and Todd County school districts may be eligible for the WKU-GRREC Leading 2 Learn (L2L) grant-funded partnership that offers additional tuition subsidies and professional development supports.

WKU strongly supports diversity in school leadership and encourages all minority candidates to apply.

Our first cohort in the new program recently completed their Level I requirements and are eligible for administrative positions around Kentucky.  Currently 55 principal candidates in two additional cohorts representing 21 districts are participating.  Candidates admitted for Fall 2015 will join this group of aspiring administrators on an exciting leadership journey.

Again, send Dr. Houchens your questions, application request, or intent to apply (gary.houchens@wku.ed) and submit your application by March 30, 2015 for priority consideration.

(Almost) Free SLLA Test Prep Session Returns to WKU

EALR associate professor Dr. Mike Putnam will be reprising his hugely popular test prep session for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), required of all aspiring school principals in Kentucky and many other states.  The session will be held on Friday, February 27, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Central time, continuing on Sunday, February 28, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Central time in Gary Ransdell Hall Room 3076 on WKU’s main campus.

The session is $20 for WKU students and alumni, and $40 for non-WKU-affiliated participants.  Payment should be in cash at the beginning of the Friday session; receipts will be provided.  Please bring a 1 1/2 – 2 inch three ring binder for materials.

Dr. Putnam developed this test review with Dr. Dennis Bunch of the University of Mississippi.  Kentucky currently has a passing cut score of 160 on the SLLA.  Previous prep sessions at WKU have resulted in a 100 percent pass rate for participants graduating from WKU administrator preparation programs and 97 percent for non-WKU graduates.

The session will include a review of the six ISLLC standards upon which the SLLA is based, and feature timed test prep exercises and hands-on activities and discussions.  The Kentucky Principal Test will also be briefly addressed.

Participants must agree to confidentially share their SLLA test score results with Dr. Putnam as he uses this data to continue refining the test prep process and may publish an analysis of results in the future.

Contact Dr. Putnam at michael.putnam@wku.edu by end of the day on Tuesday, February 17, to register.  Please include your name, phone number, current school and district, and professional role in your  message.