Western Kentucky University's Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, & Research prepares aspiring leaders for high-impact careers in K12, higher education, and other organizational settings.
WKU Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research associate professor Dr. Kristin Wilson traveled with a delegation of faculty, staff, and students to South Africa last summer to help kick off the university’s celebration of the Year of South Africa. WKU undergraduate journalism major Tyler Essary, who traveled with the delegation, produced a video capturing many of the sights and sounds enjoyed by the team.
Dr. Wilson recently shared her own insights about the experience with EALR faculty and will play a leading role in campus-wide activities celebrating the Year of South Africa.
WKU Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research Department Chair Dr. Marguerita DeSander and associate professor Dr. Gary Houchens recently appeared on the WKYU-PBS program “Outlook.” With host Barbara Deeb, they discussed recent developments in Kentucky’s teacher evaluation system, the pushback against standardized testing, and more. Their segment begins around the 10:40 mark.
Dr. Houchens reflected more on these topics on his own blog.
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.email@example.com by noon on August 31 to attend.
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.
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.”
At 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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about Dr. Keaster’s accomplishments here.
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, email@example.com, for more information or to receive an application.
Dr. 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read about Dr. Berger’s recent awards for service to the field of adult education here and here.
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.