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Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership

Faculty working with Students: 20
Students: 2
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall December 1st (Priority deadline)
Campus:
Tests required:
  • GRE Quantitative
  • GRE Verbal
  • GRE Combined

Degree Description:

The program for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership is intended to prepare scholars and researchers and focuses on developing and applying theoretical and research knowledge and skills to the field of leadership studies. The Ph.D. program is designed primarily for students who intend to pursue careers in policy, research, or college and university teaching. It may also be appropriate for students who are interested in careers in k-20 education or related fields, though it is more theory and research oriented than the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree.

The Ph.D. dissertation requires the completion of an original, empirical research study that makes a contribution to scholarship in the field of leadership studies. In addition to the traditional dissertation, students may also elect to submit three publishable manuscripts.

Admission Requirements:

Students must hold a master’s degree to be considered for admission.  Please complete the WSU Graduate School’s online application, a supplemental department application, a written statement (as instructed on the supplemental department application), any currently held certificates, a current resume or vitae, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores or the Miller Analogy Test (MAT), transcripts of all past academic work and for international student only either a TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Student Opportunities:

 

Career Opportunities:

K-12 district leadership positions, leadership in public administration or non-profit agencies

Career Placements:

K-12 superintendent, K-12 school district administrator

Faculty Members:

Acker-Hocevar, Michele, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Adesope, Olusola, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Broad issues in educational psychology, educational technology, and the learning sciences application in educational programs, interactive concept maps & diagrams, cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources, evaluation of learning objects, language pedagogy and quantitative research methods, especially meta-analyses.

Calderone, Shannon, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Examines how families from across the socioeconomic spectrum engage in the college affordability decision-making process. More specifically, she looks at a family’s existing money-related practices as fundamentally socio-historical and sociocultural. As such, these practices contribute significantly to the structuring of social advantage and disadvantage in the college financing process. Dr. Calderone’s most recent research has focused on social trust and debt assumption, financial literacy, and family financial labor as points of insight into the impact of college costs on perceptions of opportunity for high, middle, and low-income families.

Cowin, Kathleen, Ed.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Include reflective practice, and the formation of mentoring relationships between educational leader candidates and their mentor

French, Brian F., Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Educational and psychological measurement issues, application of psychometric methods and use of methodological studies to evaluate and improve methods, Measurement Invariance, Structural Equation Modeling, Item Response Theory, Classical Test Theory, Factor Analysis, Monte Carlo studies.

Furman, Gail C, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Leadership and organizations, school as community, moral leadership and ethics, Scientific Research in Educational Leadership: Problems, Paradoxes, and Possibilities.

Hill, Glenys, Ed.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Organizational culture and its impact on student learning; the role of the superintendent as a change agent; women and minorities as educational leaders and superintendents; lenses of decision making; superintendent-Board relations.

Huggins, Kristin S, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Urban school reform, equity in education, instructional leadership, professional development and teacher quality.

Kruse, Sharon, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Dr. Kruse’s research broadly addresses two concerns, (1) to help teachers and school leaders better understand the key role leadership plays in schools and (2) to explore how education is currently structured and influenced by social and organizational complexity.

Mancinelli, John, Ed.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

McDonald, Teena Paige, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

As a practitioner scholar, my research interests are in the areas of Leadership and Organizational Studies, The Superintendency, Mindfulness, the Principalship, and Organizational and Occupational socialization of Women Administrators.

Neider, Xyanthe Nicole, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Teaching and learning at the collegiate level: multicultural diversity,
First generation college students,
Research ethics, graduate education, writing
Campus environment and student experiences
Academic support as means to increase persistence to degree

Opstad, Thomas

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Parkay, Forrest, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

International education and cross-national partnerships.

Pitre, Paul, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Focuses on racial/ethnic minority and low socioeconomic status students’ experiences in the college choice process and factors that enhance student aspirations for college attendance. Similarly, Pitre is interested in the role that school context plays in developing student college related aspirations. He is also interested in students’ perceptions of their preparation for life beyond K-12 education.

Rada, Roger

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Rhee, Yong Chae, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Understanding of sport consumer behavior focused particularly on the topic of fan identification, identifying key consumer psychological variables that influence fan identification including Relative Deprivation and Social Identification.

Rodela, Katherine, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Across my diverse projects, I seek to connect theoretical analyses of culture, language, learning, and leadership with practical applications for increased educational equity, particularly for students of color, low-income students, and other underrepresented communities in our schools and universities.

Ward, Kelly Anne, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Faculty issues including integration of teaching, research, and service, work and family concerns for faculty, faculty career development, and faculty diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and the service role of higher education including faculty outreach and engagement.

Wong, John, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Hockey, history of business of sport, sport business decision-making process and power relationships.

Contact Information:

WSU Pullman College of Education
Cleveland Hall 70
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164-2114
(509)-335-9195 or (509)-335-7016
Fax: (509)-335-9172