Apr 24, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership

363 Bluemont Hall
Fax: 532-7304

Department Chair:

David C. Thompson

Directors of Graduate Studies:

Royce Ann Collins (Adult & Continuing Education, MS)
Frank Spikes (Adult & Continuing Education, PhD/EdD)
David Thompson (Educational Leadership, MS & PhD)

Graduate Faculty:

*Donna Augustine-Shaw, Ed.D., Wichita State University
*Kakali Bhattacharya, Ph.D., University of Georgia
*Royce Ann Collins, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Mary Devin, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Richard Doll, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Judith Favor, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Leigh Fine, Ph.D., Ohio State University
*Sarah Jane Fishback, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Robert Hachiya, Ed.D., University of Kansas
Eric Hartman, Ph.D., University of Pittsburg
*Jessica Holloway-Libell, Ph.D., Arizona State University
*Haijun Kang, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
*Brandon Kliewer, Ph.D., University of Georgia
*Jia Liang, Ph.D., University of Georgia
James Martin, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
*Cheryl J. Polson, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Kerry Priest, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute
*Charles I. Rankin, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Sean Alexander RedCorn, Ed.D., Kansas State University
Cynthia Shuman, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*W. Franklin Spikes, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
*David C. Thompson, Ed.D., Oklahoma State University
*Mary Tolar, Ed.D., Kansas State University
Andy Tompkins, Ed.D., Kansas State University
*Andrew J. Wefald, Ph.D., Kansas State Unversity
*Susan Yelich-Biniecki, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
*Jeffrey T. Zacharakis, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University

*Denotes graduate faculty who are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.

Graduate Faculty Associates:

Nozella Brown, Ph.D., Kansas State University
David Culkin, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Nancy Kiltz, Ed.D., Kansas State University
Bill Mccollum, Ed.D., University of Sarasota
Scott P. Myers, Ed.D., Kansas State University
Thomas Pawlowski , Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
John M. Persyn, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Michael Schumacher, Ed.D., University of Kansas
Charles Vance, Ed.D., Kansas State University
Christy Ziegler, Ph.D., University of Kansas

Adjunct Graduate Faculty:

Carolyn Carlson, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Cari D. Lott, Ed.D., Kansas State University
Michael Rettig, Ph.D., University of Kansas

Emeritus Graduate Faculty:

Gerald Bailey
David Byrne
Robert Meisner
Teresa Miller
Charles Oaklief
Tweed Ross
Trudy Salsberry
Robert Shoop
G. Kent Stewart
Alfred Wilson


For admission requirements, please see the Education catalog page.

Program description

The Department of Educational Leadership offers several degrees within two programs: educational leadership, and adult learning and leadership education. Courses leading to the Master’s degree and Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership may also lead to licensure as a building administrator (principal) or a district school administrator (superintendent). Cooperation with other departments in the College of Education allows the department to offer additional licensure, such as special education directorships. Other leadership positions in educational organizations are also enhanced by masters and/or doctoral degrees in educational leadership.

Three degrees are offered within the adult learning and leadership program, including: (1) the Master of Science in Adult Learning and Leadership, designed to prepare practitioners for careers in a variety of adult education and leadership settings; (2) the Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Leadership, designed to prepare scholars for careers in college and university settings; and (3) the Ed.D. in Adult Learning and Leadership, designed to provide advanced education and experience by preparing people for work in business, industry, training, government, health services, community agencies, and careers in two- and four-year colleges and universities. Courses focus on issues related to planning, developing, delivering, or facilitating instruction for adult learners. Courses in the adult learning and leadership education program also support the master’s degree, Ph.D. and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. The graduate programs are compatible with a variety of delivery settings where the following specializations and support areas are required or desired: adult and continuing education, extension education, administration and leadership of programs, human resource development, training, community education and development, and institutions, agencies, and organizations that deal primarily with adult needs and education.


Doctor of Education

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science

Graduate Certificate


Adult and Continuing Education

Educational Leadership