Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership


Appalachian’s Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is designed for educational leaders in public schools, community colleges, universities, and community settings.   Our objective: to equip leaders with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to act as agents of positive change in their organizations and communities.  We encourage critical thinking, analytic rigor, and creative collaboration to address the complex and interlocking challenges of our time.

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Cohort 21 member, Ali Mitnick Wilson, and Cohort 18 member, Nora Vines, attended the 2014 Literacy Research Association's annual international conference Dec 3-6 in Marco Island, FL. This year's conference focused on the Dialogic ...
Doctoral Program graduate, Dr. Lisa McNeal helps students in her First Year Seminar course Paying Tribute to Hunger ask the questions: What does hunger mean to the community? What does it mean to be hungry? Her students spend a semester trying to...
The Doctoral Program sends our congratulations to Patti Cox on her new leaderhsip position. After 16 years with Alleghany County Schools, Patti accepted a position as a regional monitor with NCDPI in the Exceptional Children's Division. She will...
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Doctoral Program Highlights

Doctoral students Kathleen Schichtel (left) and Jaci Fendley (right) help welcome Carolyn Shields (center), the keynote speaker at the Framing Crucial Conversations in Educational Leadership Conference. Carolyn is author of Transformative Leadership in Education, was a K-12 teacher for 18 years and has been an administrator, teacher, researcher, and professor for over 20 years.


Congratulations to incoming Cohort member, Kate Johnson, for receiving The W.H. Plemmons Medallion. The purpose of the award is to "recognize the time, energy, skills, and commitment of students, faculty, student development educators and staff who exceed their peers in providing leadership that enriches the quality of student life and advances the education of students."

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