Crow and Ensley Present at Conference

Dr. Robert Crow, Assistant Professor of Educational Research and EdD student Rebecca Ensley presented “Developing Teacher-Leadership by Employing an Improvement Science Framework for Organizational Problem-Solving.” at the Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, San Francisco, CA on March 28. Pictured with Dr. Louis Gomez, the Chair of the Educational Leadership department at UCLA.

Hinnant-Crawford Publishes Journal Article

Brandi Hinnant-CrawfordBrandi Hinnant-Crawford, assistant professor of educational leadership, has published an article in the international journal Black Theology. The article titled “Pulpit, Pews and Picket Lines: Galamison’s Fight to Integrate NYC Schools and the Theology Behind It” is published in volume 14, issue 3 and is available here:

EdD Students Co-Present at Community College Conference

Vester and White PresentationShelley White and Jonathan Vester, both students in the EdD program, co-presented their disquisition topic at the 2016 Conference of the North Carolina Community College System on October 10 in Raleigh. Their topic was “Re-imagining Competencies in North Carolina Community Colleges: Integrating Certifications into Academic Programs at Two Community Colleges.”

EdD Faculty Publish on Disquisition Model

Disquisition BookThree faculty members, Robert Crow, Kofi Lomotey, and Kathleen Topolka-Jorissen, published a chapter titled “An Adaptive Model for a Rigorous Professional Practice Doctorate: The Disquisition” in the book “Contemporary Approaches to Dissertation Development and Research Methods.” This chapter describes the innovative, redesigned EdD in Educational Leadership program offered at WCU.

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.