EALR Welcomes New Department Chair, Dr. Margie DeSander

Dr. Marguerita DeSander

The Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research is delighted to welcome a new department chair, Dr. Marguerita DeSander, who joined EALR on July 1. Margie joins us from George Washington University where she previously served as assistant professor of educational administration and directed the department’s online Master’s and Specialist degrees and Doctor of Education program.

Dr. DeSander has a rather unique background in that she is a former practicing attorney (J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School), specializing in employment law. Her professional interests led to roles as assistant superintendent and district-level director of personnel in school districts in North Carolina and Virginia. She earned a PhD in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from the College of William and Mary, where her dissertation was directed by James Stronge, a prolific scholar whose work has heavily influenced improvements in teacher and administrator evaluation in Kentucky and other states. Margie conducts research and regularly writes about teacher evaluation and school law, publishing with prominent figures such as W. James Popham. She is the past president of the Consortium for Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE). 
Margie shared the following thoughts about her arrival at WKU:
I am honored to join the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the EALR department. It is exciting to work with such an incredibly talented, productive and student-centered faculty. I look forward to working with our students and developing innovative courses and programs that prepares each student for careers in administration and leadership in P-12 and higher education. 
We look forward to Dr. DeSander’s leadership of EALR and her involvement in the Kentucky education community.

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