Justin Bathon, Ph.D., Indiana University - Bloomington
Dr. Bathon (vita in PDF) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies. He joined the faculty in 2008. Justin came from Indiana University - Bloomington where he earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and taught courses in educational law. Justin also has a Juris Doctor and Masters in Educational Leadership from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Justin has legal and educational experience at the local, state, national & international levels, including time as a high school teacher in southern Illinois.
Justin's research explores (broadly) the intersections of education, law, and technology, with occasional tangents like educational leadership preparation infrastructure.
Lars G. Bjork, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Dr. Björk, is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky. Since 2004 he has served as a Co-director of the International Symposium on Educational Reform (ISER). In 2011, the Ministry of Education (PRC) appointed him as an adjunct professor in the National Training Center for Secondary School Principals (Shanghai). He was a Fulbright Scholar (2009) in Finland where he assisted in conducting the first national study of school superintendents. He was the founding Director of the Institute for Educational Research (IER) and the Center for Professional Development in the College of Education, University of Kentucky. He was the Co-Director of the University Council for Educational Administration’s Center for the Study of the Superintendence (1998-2008). Dr. Björk also served as a Senior Associate Editor of Educational Administration Quarterly (1999-2005) and presently is a member of the Editorial Boards of the South African Journal of Education, Journal of Thought, and the Journal of School Public Relations. He has co-edited several books including Higher Education Research and Public Policy (1988), Minorities in Higher Education (1994), and The New Superintendency: Advances in Research and Theories of School Management and Educational Policy (2001, with C. C. Brunner) and The Contemporary Superintendent: Preparation, Practice and Development (2005 with Theodore Kowalski). In addition, he has co-authored, The Study of the American Superintendency 2000: A look at the Superintendent of Education in the New Millennium (2000, with T. Glass and C.C. Brunner), The Superintendent as CEO: Standards-based Performance (2005-with J. Hoyle, T. Glass & L. Collier) and is a contributing author in The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases (2005, Theodore Kowalski). In addition, he has served as guest editor for special issues including: Education and Urban Society (1993), “Minorities in Higher Education”; Educational Administration Quarterly (2000) “Women in the Superintendency”; and, The Journal of School Leadership (2003), “The Superintendent Shortage: Myth and Reality”. Dr. Björk has holds Ph.D. and Ed. S. Degrees in Educational Administration, Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration, A Master of Education Degree in Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of New Mexico. In addition to serving as a consultant to Universities in the United States, Europe and China, school districts, state governments, national associations, and international agencies. He has been a member of advisory, coordinating committees, and task forces in the United States Department of Education and presented keynote addresses at international conferences on educational leadership.
His areas of academic interest and expertise include leadership, the superintendency, organizational change, educational reform, organizational theory, school-university collaboration, and qualitative research methodology.
Tricia Browne-Ferrigno, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Denver
Office: 111C DH
Professor Tricia Browne-Ferrigno (vita in PDF) joined the UK Department of Educational Leadership Studies in August 2001 as a first-year assistant professor. She earned a PhD in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado at Denver, MA in Special Education/Gifted from the University of South Florida, and BA in Secondary Mathematics Education from Florida State University. Her primary research agenda centers on leadership preparation and development, specifically the lived experiences of those actively involved, program features and their impact on adult learning, and program evaluation. Her scholarship also examines school improvement, professional mentoring, and innovations in doctoral education.
Prior to entering higher education, Professor Browne-Ferrigno worked as a research consultant for the Education Commission of the States (Denver, CO) and as a teacher leader in secondary mathematics and gifted education at H. B. Plant High School (Tampa, FL). From 1991 to 1993 she served as the National Consultant Secondary Mathematics for ScottForesman, a Division of HarperCollins Publishers, providing support for the adoption and implementation of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) textbook series.
Office: 047 Dickey Hall
Linda France joins the P20 Innovation Lab from Asbury University where she was coordinator of the educational leadership program. Before serving as deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, Linda spent 26 years in the Jessamine County school system where she was superintendent from 1998 to 2004.
J. John Harris III, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Dr. J. John Harris III (vita) joined the faculty in 1990 upon becoming Dean of the College of Education. He came to Lexington from Cleveland, Ohio where he was Dean of the College of Education at Cleveland State University. Dr. Harris' previous experience includes serving as Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University and as Director of the Center for Urban and Multicultural Education (CUME) at Indiana University; Assistant Professor of Education at Pennsylvania State University; and serving as a teacher, guidance counselor, and assistant principal for the Detroit Public Schools.
Dr. Harris holds the Associate in Arts degree from Highland Park College in Michigan, a B.S. from Wayne State University in Detroit, and an M.S. from the University of Michigan. His areas of academic interest and expertise include education law, urban and multicultural education, and gifted education. His current research focuses on student underachievement and educational law incident to the study of urban and multicultural education.
Wayne D. Lewis, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Dr. Wayne D. Lewis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky. Wayne teaches courses in educational leadership, school-community relations, and the politics of education. His current research is in the areas of school-community relations, the politics of education, and school-based leadership. Wayne completed undergraduate studies at Loyola University New Orleans, and completed a teacher education program at the University of New Orleans. He earned an M.A. at the University of Akron in the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies, and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
John B. Nash, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
John B. Nash is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies. He teaches a range of courses on school reform, design thinking and research methods. His current research agenda investigates how technology, innovation and policy interact and influence schools and educators in different contexts.
Professor Nash is the former associate director for evaluation at the Stanford Center for Innovations (SCIL), where he conducted applied research on improving program evaluation in grant-funded initiatives. He was also a grantmaker for the Wallenberg Global Learning Network, an arm of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation of Stockholm, Sweden, focused on enhancing learning outcomes through educational technology in the U.S., Sweden and Germany.
Prior to his work at SCIL he served as the Associate Director of Assessment and Research at the Stanford Learning Laboratory, where he directed an interdisciplinary team of research scientists examining the effects of innovative technologies on learning. Prior to moving to Stanford, Professor Nash was a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso in the department of Educational Leadership and Foundations.
Mary John O'Hair, Ed.D., New Mexico State University
Office: 103 Dickey Hall
Mary John O’Hair is the ninth dean of the University of Kentucky College of Education. She comes to UK from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., where Dr. O’Hair served as vice provost for school and community partnerships since 2006. She was founding director of OU’s K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal, a statewide, interdisciplinary research and development center that connected OU with over 500 schools and communities across Oklahoma. Dr. O’Hair has published numerous articles and books on systemic innovation, organizational learning, and school-university-community partnerships. At OU since 1994, Dean O’Hair held the positions of professor of educational leadership and policy, director of educational administration, curriculum and supervision, and associate dean of research and graduate studies in the OU College of Education.
Jayson W. Richardson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Dr. Jayson Richardson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies. He earned a Bachelors of Science in mathematics education with a minor in Spanish from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. After teaching mathematics on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and in inner-city Indianapolis, he attended Indiana University–Bloomington and earned a Masters of Science degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus on international and intercultural education. After living in London for a few years and extensive global travel, he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration with a focus on comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
He currently teaches educational leadership, emerging technologies, and technology leadership, action research, and qualitative methods at the graduate level. His research and teaching focus on how digital technologies can be used across the globe to create opportunities for individuals and to increase intercultural understanding between individuals. He has written or co-authored articles in the following journals: Comparative Education Review, Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of International Development; International Journal of Education and Development using ICT; Journal of Educational Administration; Information Technology for International Development; Review of Policy Research; andThe Teacher Educator.
His research, teaching, and service links global, cultural, and technological forces. His main areas of focus include: School Technology Leadership, Leadership in International Context, Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), International Development, Cross-Cultural Immersion, and Comparative Education.
Beth S. Rous, Ed.D., University of Kentucky
Dr. Beth Rous (vita in PDF) is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership Studies and joined the faculty in 2007. Dr. Rous received her B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Morehead State University; her M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood and Ed.D in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Rous teaches courses related to research methodology. Her primary focus is on policies, programs, and state and local systems of services for children birth through early elementary. Her areas of academic interest and expertise include translational research, local and state service system design, and adult learning and professional development. She served as President of the Internatinal Division of Early Childhood in 2000, after which she received the Merle B. Karnes Service to a Division Award in 2012. She has been a technical advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, and Institute of Educational Sciences as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care.
Dr. Rous also serves as the Director of Early Childhood at the Human Development Institute, Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services at UK, a position she has held since 1996. Since coming to UK, Dr. Rous has served as Principal Investigator for six federally funded research projects and 16 foundation or state funded research or service contracts totaling over $45,000,000.
Dr. Rous is the Director of Graduate Studies and Program Chair for EDL DoctoralPrograms.
Nick Sauers, PhD., Iowa State University
Nick Sauers works with the University's Next Generation Leadership Academy. He is also an Associate Director for the Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE). CASTLE is the nation's only center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators. Nick works with administrators helping them develop their personal technology skills and deepening their understanding of the impact of technology on education. Prior to assuming his current role, Nick has held positions as an elementary and middle school principal, teacher, and coach in public schools in Iowa. Nick blogs at 1to1schools.net.
To supplement the core, mostly research-based, full-time faculty at UK we employ a number of continuing part-time clinical faculty. Frequently these faculty are paired with a full-time faculty member to co-deliver courses. Because we have long-term relationships with our part-time faculty, we do evaluate the quality of their instruction and you can be certain of both their qualifications and their abilities as educational leadership instructors.
Some of the current clinical faculty in our department include:
Dr. Kim Brockman, Assistant Principal,
Dr. Amy Galloway, Principal, Bate Middle School, Danville, KY
Dr. Charles Hamilton, Superintendent, Marion County Schools,
Dr. Marti Quintero, Dean of Students & Director of Community Service,
Mr. Shawn Reeves, Intervention Specialist, Fayette County Public Schools
Dr. Kenny Royal, Psychometrician, American Board of Family Medicine
Dr. Anne Marie Tracy, NCLB Supervisor, Boone County Schools