Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership


Appalachian's Doctoral Program is designed as cohort model primarily for working educators from all sectors of the professional realm. We encourage effective communication, cooperation, and collaboration; we value and promote diversity at all levels. We prepare our cohort members to be change agents, informed consumers of research, and proactive contributors to their professions and communities.

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The Office of Student Research would like to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Creating a Healthy, Just and Sustainable Society Student Research Grant. All currently enrolled Appalachian undergraduate and graduate students in...
The Doctoral Program congratulates the following Doctoral students and recent graduate on their new educational leadership positions: Dr. Marian Johnson of Cohort 15 and Aug 2014 graduate, will be the Division Administrator in the Pediatric...
The doctoral program is developing a short-term study abroad course in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia for May 2015.  The course will be a 3-credit elective, focused on international education, in partnership with colleagues at Bahir Dar University. ...
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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."