Learn more about WKU’s newly-redesigned principal preparation program

Western Kentucky University’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research is excited to announce the launch of our newly redesigned principal preparation program! WKU was one of seven universities from across the United States selected for a comprehensive program review and overhaul funded and supported through a major grant from the Wallace Foundation. The new program will feature a 30-hour, Rank 1/Level 1 certification, completion timeline of four semesters, embedded internship experiences, blended delivery model, and cohort format.

A series of face-to-face and virtual information sessions will be conducted in February and March for those interested in learning more, or who are interested in applying for admission to the first cohort of the new program, scheduled for launch in Fall 2019.

Upcoming information sessions are scheduled for:

February 19, 4:30 pm Central/5:30 pm Eastern, Bowling Green, WKU South Campus, The Ward and Ann Elliott Board Room #110 or join us through Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/880139012.

February 26, 3:30 pm Central/4:30 pm Eastern, Elizabethtown, Regional Postsecondary Center 131

March 12, 4:30 pm Central/5:30 pm Eastern, Owensboro, Administrative Conference Room on the Owensboro campus. It is located in the WKU Administrative Office at 4821 New Hartford Rd, Owensboro, KY 42303.

Please contact program coordinator Dr. Stacy Leggett, stacy.leggett@wku.edu, for more information including directions on the information sessions or program admissions.

Jim Berger chosen for book on top adult educators

EALR Adult Education professor Dr. Jim Berger will be profiled in a forthcoming book on 25 “quintessential” adult educators. Dr. Berger was chosen by other adult educators for inclusion in North American Adult Educators: Phyllis M. Cunningham Archive of Quintessential Autobiographies for the Twenty-First Century. He will be one of 25 other educators featured in the volume, a second edition of an earlier volume of 50 such autobiographies published in 2007.

“Dr. Berger is internationally known for his teaching, research, and service in the field of adult education,” said EALR department chair Dr. Marguerita DeSander. “The editors and nominating committee who selected him for this honor recognize Jim’s great, career-long contribution to the discipline.”

The nomination process was constructed collaboratively by the North American Adult Educators second edition editors, Morehead State University’s office of Institutional Research and Analysis, and Discovery Association Publishing House; it was supported by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education and distributed by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education Listserv. 

Dr. Berger has previously been recognized for his service to the Commission of Adult Basic Education (COABE) as member of the organization’s board and journal editor. He has also received the President’s Appreciation Award from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education.

Last year WKU’s Master’s in Adult Education, which Dr. Berger coordinates, was recognized by the College Choice Awards as one of the nation’s best online, and most affordable adult educations programs in the United States.

Dr. Louis Zabaneh serves as EALR visiting professor

Dr. Louis Zabaneh
Dr. Louis Zabaneh

WKU’s Department of Education Administration, Leadership and Research is pleased to host Dr. Louis Zabaneh as visiting assistant professor for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Dr. Zabaneh is the former president of Galen University in Belize. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Clemson University and is currently a doctoral candidate in WKU’s Doctor of Educational Leadership program. Louis is teaching research courses such as EDFN 500 (Research Methods in Education) and EDFN 501 (Education Statistics).

“Western Kentucky University is a very special place,” said Dr. Zabaneh of his appointment:

The people here are its greatest treasure. They practice genuine openness and kindness, and are focused on making others better through their academic and community work. I have been completely impressed by everyone I have had the privilege to meet and work with, including my fellow colleagues in the Educational Leadership doctoral program, the students in the classes I have facilitated, the EALR faculty, and those in the wider WKU community. I have visited many universities in the United States, and WKU stands out as one of the best! My family and I are blessed to be here.

Dr. Zabaneh brings a professional background in economics, business, and higher education. He is currently writing his EdD dissertation on the topic of sustainable human development.

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 honors retirees Carolyn Hunt and Dr. Ric Keaster


Carolyn Hunt & CEBS Dean Sam Evans

This week WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research honored two beloved colleagues on the occasion of their retirement.

Carolyn Hunt, EALR Office Associate for 16 and a half years, and Dr. Ric Keaster, EALR professor for 12 years, are were honored by College of Education and Behavioral Sciences dean Dr. Sam Evans.  Dr. Evans presented Carolyn and Ric with a gift of appreciation for their many years of service, noting how a generation of aspiring and practicing school leaders have been touched by their contributions to WKU.

Ric Keaster and CEBS Dean Sam Evans

EALR wishes our dear friends Carolyn Hunt and Ric Keaster the greatest of happiness in their retirement.  They will be deeply missed!

Hear Stephen Ritz at the 2014 Mary E. Hensley Lecture

Stephen Ritz
Stephen Ritz

The WKU College and Educational and Behavioral Sciences will proudly present the 2014 Mary E. Hensley Lecture on September 9, featuring Bronx teacher and administrator Stephen Ritz, founder of the Green Bronx Machine.

What started out as a science project in his classroom became a massive community-based agriculture initiative in which Ritz’s students have grown over 30,000 pounds of vegetables feeding over 450 students and their families. Ritz’s efforts have helped student attendance skyrocket and created 2,200 youth jobs.

Watch Ritz share his story in this TED Talk here.

Stephen Ritz will speak at 7:00 p.m. on September 9 in Van Meter Auditorium on WKU’s Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Educators, parents, and the community are encouraged to attend.

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.

Interact with WKU EALR online!

Western Kentucky University’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, & Research (EALR) is now pleased to sponsor several new social media platforms that will help us share news and events relevant to our students, alumni, and faculty.

Western Kentucky University is the state’s premier institution for educator training, and WKU EALR prepares aspiring leaders for high-impact careers in K12, higher education, adult education, or other organizational settings.

This blog will be the central location for posting updates and information for current students, as well as news about our alumni, faculty reseach and other activities, and information relative to practicing school leaders.

We have also launched a Facebook page, which can be found at http://www.facebook/com/wkuealr and a Twitter account, www.twitter.com/WKU_EALR.

We urge you to “like” and “follow” us to keep up with the latest happenings at EALR.  And if you know someone who would make a great educational leader, please urge them to contact us today.