Justin Bathon
Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership Studies
Director, Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE)


Phone: 859-321-4203 (cell)
Email: justin.bathon@uky.edu
Website: http://bathon.org/
Address: 063 Dickey Hall

PhD, Indiana University, 2008
JD, Southern Illinois University, 2005
CV: http://bathon.org/vita/


  • School Technology Leadership
  • Education Law
  • Innovation and School Reform
  • Technology Policy
  • Leadership Preparation

Justin Bathon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky and a Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE). Justin focuses on the underlying code of education and the changes necessitated by the digital, global age. This work looks at the intersections of education, law, and technology and translates research into specific actions for local learning communities. Justin has legal and educational experience at the local, state, national, and international levels including as a high school teacher in southern Illinois. He holds a J.D. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Indiana University. 

Lars G. Bjork
Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Professor, Educational Leadership Studies
Director of the International Symposium on Educational Reform
Director, Superintendent Certification Program

Phone: 859-257-2450
Email: lbjor1@uky.edu
Address: Department of Educational Leadership Studies, 111 Dickey Hall, College of Education, University of Kentucky 40502-0017


  • Ph. D., 1983 - University of New Mexico, Educational Administration
  • Ed. S., 1981 - University of New Mexico, Educational Administration
  • M.P.A., 1978 - University of New Mexic, Public Administration
  • M. Ed., 1971 - University of New Mexico, Secondary Education
  • B. A., 1968 - University of New Mexico, Secondary Education

Curriculum Vita


  • Superintendency
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Studies and Change
  • International Perspective on Educational reform
  • Professional Preparation

Dr. Björk is a Professor in EDL has co-edited: 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) and The Contemporary Superintendent: Preparation, Practice and Development (2005). 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), The Superintendent as CEO: Standards-based Performance (2005) and is a contributing author in The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases (2006). He holds faculty appointments at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and the Ministry of Education (PRC), National Training Center for Secondary School Principals (Shanghai). He was a Fulbright Scholar (2009, Finland) and helped conduct their national superintendent study. He has consulted with Universities in the United States, Europe and China, school districts, state governments, national associations, international agencies, and on committees and task forces in the United States Department of Education. In addition, he has presented keynote addresses at international conferences on educational leadership.

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Tricia Browne-Ferrigno 
Ph.D., University of Colorado at Denver
Professor, Educational Leadership Studies
Director, Teacher Leadership Program

Phone: 859-257-5504
Email: tricia.ferrigno@uky.edu
Address: 111C Dickey Hall, Lexington, KY 40506-0017

PhD, University of Colorado, 2001
MA, University of South Florida, 1996
BA, Florida State University, 1968


  • Leadership preparation and development
  • Leadership practices of teacher Leaders, principals, and superintendents
  • Adult learning, communities of practice, PLCs
  • School improvement
  • Professional mentoring
  • Innovations in doctoral education

Professor Tricia Browne-Ferrigno (vita) 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 Scott Foresman, providing support for the adoption and implementation of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) textbook series.

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Maria Cahil
Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Phone: (859) 218-2293
Email: maria.cahill@uky.edu
Address: 355 Little Library Building
Lexington KY 40506-0224


  • School librarianship
  • Educational media
  • Emergency literacy

Personal Statement

Maria Cahill, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. Her scholarship is balanced between education and library science with two research concentrations: one in the use of educational media to support literacy development and the other in school library education. Maria served as the PI on an Institute of Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program-funded training grant designed to prepare individuals to serve as children’s librarians with expertise in early literacy and family literacy programming. She is a former school librarian and is currently a member of the Editorial Board for School Library Research.

Wayne D. Lewis
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership Studies
Principal Leadership Program Chair
Doctoral Programs Chair
Affiliated Faculty, African American and Africana Studies Program

Phone: 859-257-2540 (office)
Email: wayne.lewis@uky.edu
Website: http://WayneDLewis.com
Address: 134B Taylor Education Building

PhD, North Carolina State University, 2009



  • Education Policy and Politics
  • Human Capital & Human Resources Management in Education Organizations
  • School-Family-Community Partnerships
  • Student of Color Success

Wayne D. Lewis, Jr. is an Assistant Professor and Principal Leadership Program Chair in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies and an affiliated faculty member with the African American and Africana Studies Program at the University of Kentucky. His teaching, writing, and research are in the areas of educational leadership and policy, the politics of education, and student of color success. Wayne is a former a middle and high school special education teacher, having taught in public school districts in Louisiana (New Orleans Public Schools and St. Charles Parish Public Schools) and North Carolina (Wake County Public Schools).

John B. Nash
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership Studies
Director of Graduate Studies
School Technology Leadership Program Chair
Director, Center for Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE)
Director, Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education (dLab)

Phone: 859-257-7845
Email: john.nash@uky.edu
Website: http://flavors.me/johnnash
Address: 111B Dickey Hall

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992


  • School technology leadership
  • Design thinking
  • Innovation and school reform
  • Technology policy in school reform

John B. Nash is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies. He teaches a range of courses on school technology leadership, design thinking and research methods. His current research agenda investigates how technology, innovation and policy interact and influence schools and educators in different contexts. John is also a director of the UCEA Center for Advanced Study of Leadership for Technology in Education (CASTLE) and the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education (dLab).

John is the former Associate Director for Evaluation at the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL), where he conducted applied research on improving program evaluation in grant-funded initiatives, and the former Associate Director of Assessment and Research at the Stanford Learning Laboratory, where he examined the effects of innovative technologies on learning. 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.

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Mary John O'Hair
Ed.D., New Mexico State University 
Dean of the College of Education

Office: 103 Dickey Hall
Email: mjohair@uky.edu
Telephone: 859-257-2813

Dr. 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
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership Studies
Interim Department Chair
Director, Online Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Director, Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE)

Phone: 859-379-9097
Email: jayson.richardson@uky.edu
Website: www.jaysonrichardson.com
Address: 151G Taylor Education Building

PhD, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2007
MS, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2001
BS, Purdue University, Indianapolis, 1997

Dr. Jayson Richardson (vita) 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 Rous

Beth S. Rous
Ed.D., University of Kentucky
Professor, Educational Leadership Studies

Phone: 859-257-6389
Email: beth.rous@uky.edu
Address: 111A Dickey Hall

EdD, University of Kentucky, 2001


  • State systems and large-scale implementation
  • Professional development and quality
  • Standards and accountability systems
  • Early childhood and school readiness

Beth S. Rous is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies. She teaches courses in research methods. Her research agenda focuses on the translation of research to practice to support high quality programs, specifically investigating the implementation of large-scale systems (policy, practice, professional development) to support the quality across sectors (education, health, human services) for children from birth through the early grades.

Beth is also the Director for the Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Service, housed at the Human Development Institute (kentuckypartnership.org). Through the Kentucky Partnership, Dr. Rous oversees over $7 million a year in grants and contracts to support quality services for young children, families and the professionals who work with them. She has served as technical advisor/consultant at the national level for both Education and Health and Human Services on initiatives such as congressional mandated studies (National Assessment of IDEA and Study of IDEA Implementation),and national longitudinal studies (Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study – PEELS; Head Start Family Child Experiences Survey – FACES).

Clinical Faculty

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.

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Rose Boulay

Phone: (859) 257-1229
Email: rose.boulay@uky.edu
Address: 128 Taylor Education Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0001

Student Engagement, Equity and Diversity

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Office: 047 Dickey Hall
Email: linda.france@uky.edu

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.

Gene Wilhoit

Gene Wilhoit
Executive Director, National Center for Innovation in Education

Phone: 859-425-1121
Email: gene.wilhoit@uky.edu
Address: 1648 McGrathiana Parkway, Suite 350
Lexington, KY 40511

  • Dr. Kim Brockman, Assistant Principal
  • Dr. Charles Hamilton, Superintendent, Marion County Schools
  • Dr. Marti Quintero, Dean of Students & Director of Community Service
  • Dr. Anne Marie Tracy, NCLB Supervisor, Boone County Schools

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Rika Joubert


Associate Professor & Director, Interuniversity Center for Law and Policy (CELP), University of Pretoria

Personal Statement

Rika is an associate professor in the Department of Education Management and Policy Studies at the University of Pretoria and the Director of the Interuniversity Centre for Education Law and Policy (CELP). She is a founding member of the South African Education Law Association. She specialises in school governance, school safety and school discipline and has presented papers at international conferences in the USA., Australia, New Zealand, Europe, England, China, Cyprus and Hong Kong. She teaches education law to education managers at post graduate level. Her publications include books on law in education, school governance and discipline in schools. Rika is a NRF rated researcher and a adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky in the USA.

Tom Shelton

Tom Shelton
Superintendent, Fayette County Schools
Instructor, Department of Educational Leadership Studies-Superintendent Certification Program

Phone: Office: (859) 381-4104
e-mail: tom.shelton@fayette.kyschools.us
Address: 701 East Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40502


  • PhD, University of Louisville-2010
  • Graduate certificate in Executive Educational Leadership, Harvard University–2009
  • Rank I in Educational Administration, Murray State University-2006
  • MBA, Murray State University-1993
  • BS, Murray State University-1985


  • Superintendent Leadership
  • Business and Finance
  • Planning and Budgeting Processes
  • Technology use in Education
  • Innovation in Education

Tom was named the Kentucky Superintendent of the Year in 2011 after being recognized as one the nation’s 10 Tech Savvy Superintendents in 2009. His dissertation, "The Effects of School System Superintendents, School Boards and Their Interactions on Longitudinal Measures of Districts' Students' Mathematics Achievement," received the University of Louisville's College of Education Dean's Citation. His research has won both the Districts in Research and Reform group's dissertation of the year award and the Research on the Superintendency group's dissertation of the year award from the American Education Research Association (AERA).

Tom serves as the chairman of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System's Board of Trustees, a member of the Superintendents' Advisory Council for the Commissioner of Education and president of the Council for Better Education. In addition, he represents Kentucky as a member of the Governing Board of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and as a member of the Global Education Leadership Program (GELP). In addition, he leads his district team in the Global Cities for Education initiative coordinated through the Asia Society.

Lu Young
Chief Academic Officer, Fayette County Public Schools
Instructor, Department of Educational Leadership Studies

Phone: (859) 381-4223
e-mail: lu.young@fayette.kyschools.us
Address: 701 East Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40502

EdD, Northern Kentucky University-2013
MA, Eastern Kentucky University, Spanish-1984
BA, Eastern Kentucky University, Spanish-1981


  • Superintendency
  • School Curriculum
  • Assessment & Accountability

Dr. Lu Young currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer, Fayette County Public Schools. Before assuming her position in Fayette County in 2013 she served as the Superintendent of Jessamine County Public Schools from 2004 through 2013. Much of her love for Jessamine County stems from time spent learning from her mentors, she said. As Superintendent of Jessamine County Schools, a medium-sized P-12 district located in Nicholasville, Kentucky, she focused on ensuring that every child in every school was motivated and challenged to be a caring, responsible citizen and a high-level thinker, performer, communicator, and learner for life. She remains passionate about seizing the opportunity to transform classrooms and schools into rigorous next-generation learning environments where every child graduates ready for success in college and career.

Stu Silberman
Executive Director, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Instructor, Department of Educational Leadership Studies

Phone: (859) 229-8040
e-mail: stu.silberman@prichardcommittee.org
Address: Security Trust Building, 271 West Short Street, Suite 202, Lexington, KY 40507


  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Kentucky Wesleyan College-(2001)
  • MS, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga-1983
  • BS, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga-1973

CV: http://www.prichardcommittee.org/staff/stu-silberman


  • Superintendency
  • School-Community Relations
  • Board-Superintendent Relations

Stu Silberman has led two school districts to prominence in the state of Kentucky and has three times been named the state Superintendent of the Year (twice by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators and once by the Kentucky School Boards Association). Most recently, he was among the four finalists for AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year Award. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Prichard Committee. He was nominated by the University of Kentucky Department of Educational Leadership Studies (EDL) and received the University Council for Education Administration (UCEA) 2010 Excellence in Leadership Award. His tenure as Superintendent of the Fayette County Public Schools (2004-2011) andDaviess County (1995-2004) were marked by a commitment to transparency and openness with the public, fiscal responsibility and tremendous community efforts to redesign education. His clear focus on closing achievement gaps and holding all students to high expectations contributed to dramatic increases in student academic achievement. He discussed his work on The Today Show in 2010 and currently authors a national blog for Education Week

Matthew Thompson
Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning, Scott County

Phone: Office: (859) 433-1624
e-mail: matthew.thompson@scott.kyschools.us
Address: 2761 Woodlawn Way, Lexington, KY 40511

EdD, University of Kentucky, Educational Leadership-2013
MEd, University of Kentucky, Administration and Supervision-2003
BA, University of Kentucky, Elementary Education-1998
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  • Instructional Leadership
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Change
  • Instructional Design

Matt Thompson has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning for Scott County Schools for the past three years. Prior to this position, he served as Director of Elementary Schools (Scott County), Principal of Deep Springs Elementary (Fayette County), and as a third and fourth grade teacher at Bridgeport Elementary (Franklin County). His focus on student learning and leadership growth has helped the district make academic gains during his tenure. His dissertation, Principals’ Perceptions of Experiences that Helped to Improve Their Practice as Instructional Leaders, provided the research data with which he designed a district-wide, instructional leader training program for principals. He is presenting his research on instructional leadership at the 2013 University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Convention. He has also co-authored a chapter in School Violence and Primary Prevention (2008).

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Cameron Coleman

Carmen Coleman

Phone: (859) 238-1300
Email: carman.coleman@danville.kyschools.us
Website: www.danvilleschools.net
Location: 152 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Danville, Kentucky 40422

Educational Leadership Studies, Superintendent Certification Program

EdD - University of Kentucky, 2009, Educational Leadership Studies
MA-Georgetown College, 1998-Elementary Education
BS-Georgetown College, 1993-Education


  • Superintendency
  • Change
  • Instructional Leadership

Carmen Coleman (vita) has been the superintendent for Danville Independent Schools in Danville, Kentucky since 2009. During this time, the district moved from a ranking of 110th to 24th under the state accountability system. Thanks to a forward-thinking school board, the district has made significant progress in four years toward the creation of a system build with flexibility that allows students to become strong, enthusiastic learners rather than simply students who can clear test score hurdles. Most recently, the district has been recognized as one of four Districts of Innovation in Kentucky. In addition, the district has been chosen as a Next Generation Breakthrough Model through the Next Generation Learning Challenges initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2013, the district was featured on PBS’ NewsHour for their innovative work as well as on KET’s Education Matters, in Education Week and on Tom VanderArk’s Getting Smart blog. In August of 2013, the district’s middle school was named a P21 Exemplar by the Center for 21st Century Skills. The school is one of 25 nation-wide given this distinction. Most recently, Carmen was nominated for EdWeek’s 2014 Leaders to Learn from report.

Lecturers and Instructors

Marti Quintero

Theodore Kowalski

Theodore Kowalski
Professor & Kuntz Family Endowed Chair, University of Dayton
Keynote Speaker, Distinguished Lecturer Series, Department of Educational Leadership Studies-Superintendent Certification Program

Phone: (937) 229-2562
Email: tkowalski1@udayton.edu
Website: http://homepages.udayton.edu/~tkowalski1/
Location: 101 Chaminade Hall, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-0534

PhD, Indiana State University-(1971)
MS, Indiana State University-(1968)
BS, Indiana State University-(1965)


  • Superintendency
  • Organizational behavior
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Decision making
  • Evidence-based Practice

Theodore Kowalski, Professor and the Kuntz Family Endowed Chair at the University of Dayton, is the author of numerous books, professional articles, research papers, and monographs, He has received awards for his research, writing, and scholarship including the Outstanding Faculty Research Award from the Teachers College at Ball State University in 1993, the Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award from the School of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Dayton in both 2002 and 2005, and the Alumni Award in Scholarship from the University of Dayton in 2005. Most recently, he received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Administrators in recognition of his research and books on school district administration. Dr. Kowalski has served as the editor of the Journal of School Public Relations and serves on the editorial boards of Educational Administration Quarterly and the AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice. In 2000, he was editor of the 2001 National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Yearbook, the first yearbook of the new millennium.