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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On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Justin O. Mitchell successfully defended his dissertation: Perceived Factors of a Quality Student Teaching Experience. Justin's dissertation committee was chaired by Susan Colby, Ed.D.  His committee members were...
On Friday, September 26, 2014, Amie Snow successfully defended her dissertation: A Comparative Evaluation of Instructional Levels Determined By The Text Reading and Comprehension (TRC) Assessment And An Informal Reading Inventory Amie's dissertation...
Congratulations go out to Leslie McKesson who will be honored at the Women of Justice Award banquet, sponsored by NC Lawyers Weekly, on Nov. 13 in Raleigh. The Women of Justice Awards recognize women across the state of North Carolina who have...
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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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