Shields Appointed Middle School Principal

ShieldsJeremy Shields, Cohort 4 Ed.D. candidate, has been appointed Principal of Crest Middle School in Cleveland County. A National Board Certified Social Studies Teacher, Jeremy earned his BA in Political Science at UNC and his MSA at WCU in 2011. Jeremy transitions into the principalship after serving as assistant principal at Kings Mountain HS and Crest HS.

Educational Leadership Faculty Participate in Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

EdD faculty at CPEDThe Educational Leadership faculty traveled to Portland, Oregon to attend a CPED (Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate) convening. WCU faculty led workshops on improvement science, helping to introduce CIGs on improvement science and social justice, and presenting our unique, re-designed EdD program as a model for other CPED members. CPED is a consortium of over 80 colleges and schools of education that critically examines the doctorate in education with the intentional effort of strengthening the EdD.

21 EdD Candidates Hooded at Commencement

EdD Cohort 2016Congratulations to the 21 Ed. D. candidates who were hooded at the Graduate Commencement on May 6. The purple and gold stoles are kente cloth, custom woven in Ghana for this cohort and presented to them by the faculty. The program obtained special permission for the candidates to wear the stoles during commencement.

Educational Leadership Faculty Publish Chapter on Disquisition Model

Disquisition BookRobert Crow, Kofi Lomotey, and Kathleen Topolka-Jorissen, faculty in Educational Leadership, have published a chapter in the book Contemporary Approaches to Dissertation Development and Research Methods titled “An adaptive model for a rigorous professional practice doctorate: The disquisition.” The chapter is the first published description of a model for using improvement science in a professional practice doctoral program. Candidates in WCU’s Ed.D. program are required to lead an organizational level improvement initiative and document the process, findings, impact, and their resulting theory of improvement in their disquisitions.

Topolka-Jorissen Retirement Reception

Bryant, King, and Wilson to Defend Disquisition

EdDJohn Bryant, Jan King, and Brett Wilson will defend their joint disquisition on Friday, March 11, at 1 pm in Biltmore Park 337. The title of their disquisition is “Why We Can’t Row Alone: Mentoring and Professional Development for Educational Leaders.” All are welcome to attend.