EDL Faculty and Staff

Faculty in the Educational Leadership Department represent a wide range of teaching, research interests, and professional experiences. The department houses all educational leadership programs. Using an asset-based perspective, faculty in each area are committed to preparing educators to be able to meet the needs of diverse learners and ensure student success.

Faculty

Name
Position
  • Susan Banke

    Susan Banke Clinical Assistant Professor

    Susan BankePosition:
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-2498
    Email: sbanke@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 462


     As a Clinical Assistant Professor, I have the privilege of working with present and aspiring school leaders in courses such as professional learning, human resources, and leadership. I also facilitate the EDS Coaching and Masters Coaching programs, and a spokesperson to Independent and Charter Schools.
  • David Buckman

    David Buckman Associate Professor, Coordinator Ed.S. Program

    David G. BuckmanPosition:
    Associate Professor, Coordinator Ed.S. Program

    Phone: (470) 578-7853
    Email: dbuckman@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 443


    I teach Masters, Ed.S., and Ed.D. courses for students in educational leadership while conducting academic research in the area of school human resources and school finance, which includes: job quality practices and its effect on employees, personnel pay, industrial psychology theories (i.e., job satisfaction, pay satisfaction, and motivation), student achievement predictors, and school diversity. Current courses taught acquaint students with knowledge of data driving decision making concepts in an educational context as well as provide field experience in the area of human resources management.
  • Nicholas Clegorne

    Nicholas Clegorne Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Higher EducationDepartment of Educational Leadership

    Dr. Nicholas ClegornePosition:
    Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Higher EducationDepartment of Educational Leadership

    Phone: (470) 578-2497
    Email: nclegorn@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 451


    I teach Master's and Ed.D. Courses in Educational Leadership while furthering a research agenda into leadership curricula development in post-secondary STEM programs as well as the impact of mentoring and leadership on career success of student affairs professionals. I am currently slated to teach a number of curriculum and assessment courses and higher education administration courses.
  • Sheryl Croft

    Sheryl Croft Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Coordinator of the EDD Program

    S. CroftPosition:
    Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Coordinator of the EDD Program

    Phone: (470) 578-6401
    Email: scroft10@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 460


    I am presently an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership. I also coordinate and advise students seeking or enrolled in the EDD program.
  • Mike Dishman

    Mike Dishman Professor of Education Policy and Governance

    Mike DishmanPosition:
    Professor of Education Policy and Governance

    Phone: (470) 578-7588
    Email: mdishma2@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 352


    Mike Dishman (J.D., Mississippi; EdD (Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vanderbilt) is Professor of Education Policy & Governance in the Department of Educational Leadership. Dr. Dishman joined the Department in 2005, advancing to full professor in 2012.  Dr. Dishman's areas of teaching and scholarship include education law, policy, and practice; professional ethics; leadership (crisis leadership and leadership within autonomous education organizations (traditional public, public charter, and independent)); education finance; and entrepreneurship in education. He has co-authored six books on school law, policy, and leadership and numerous articles. He served on the editorial review board of the Peabody Journal of Education, the American Association of School Administrators publications review board, and as an education leadership/policy content reviewer for Rowman Littlefield publishers.  In addition to his academic interests, he is an attorney represented public school districts and other educational organizations since 1996.  He has also served in a number of leadership roles within and outside the Department (graduate program coordinator (MED & EDS in Educational Leadership), department chair, associate dean and dean of KSU's Graduate College, associate vice president for research policy & compliance; and associate vice provost). 
  • Chinasa Elue

    Chinasa Elue Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Higher EducationDepartment of Educational Leadership

    Chinasa Elue, Ph.DPosition:
    Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Higher EducationDepartment of Educational Leadership

    Phone: (470) 578-2493
    Email: celue@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 462


    I teach graduate level courses in the Department of Educational Leadership. My research focuses on issues of educational access and equity for marginalized populations across the P-20 continuum. The first strand of my research explores the college choice decisions of marginalized student populations. My second line of inquiry explores the impact of law and policy, research, and practice on the educational opportunities for marginalized populations. Lastly, my third line of inquiry examines issues of work life balance and productivity amongst graduate students & faculty.
  • Adrian Epps

    Adrian Epps Associate Dean, Director, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

    Adrian EppsPosition:
    Associate Dean, Director, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

    Phone: (470) 578-2434
    Email: aepps6@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 314


    Administrator in the College of Science and Math; Director of the ATOMS Center and Associate Professor in Educational Leadership.
  • Albert Jimenez

    Albert Jimenez Associate Professor

    Albert M JimenezPosition:
    Associate Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-3352
    Email: ajimen17@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 453


    My primary research interests are in the areas of teacher evaluation and supervision, test item analysis and test construction, and access to quality assessments for English Learners (ELs). I have had the honor of being a SREB Doctoral Scholar, a Goizueta Foundation Scholar, a member of the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision, and have been awarded the Ray Bruce Academic Support Award for outstanding research in the field of supervision.
  • Arvin Johnson

    Arvin Johnson Associate Professor, Coordinator of Teacher Leadership

    Arvin JohnsonPosition:
    Associate Professor, Coordinator of Teacher Leadership

    Phone: (470) 578-3354
    Email: ajohn560@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 457


    I teach graduate courses in the Educational Leadership Department. My research interest includes principal professional learning, best practices in education and leadership, and brain-based leadership and learning.
  • Miyoshi Juergensen

    Miyoshi Juergensen Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

    Position:
    Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

    Phone: (470) 578-7736
    Email: mjuerge1@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 456


    I teach graduate level courses in the Teacher Leadership program, which is housed in the Educational Leadership department. My research focuses on the intellectual histories of African American teacher leaders during de jure segregation and the impact those histories have on contemporary teacher leadership, particularly for teachers serving students on the margins of academic success. I primarily work with Teacher Leadership candidates through dissertation advising and teaching courses related to teacher leadership foundations, policy, curriculum, and diversity.
  • Jason Ottley

    Jason Ottley Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

    Dr. Jason OttleyPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

    Phone: (470) 578-2494
    Email: jottley1@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 459


    I teach graduate level courses in the Department of Educational Leadership. My research focuses on culturally relevant pedagogy and policy that affects access and equity for students across the P-20 continuum. 
  • Cindy Reed

    Cindy Reed Professor of Educational Leadership

    Cindy Reed Position:
    Professor of Educational Leadership

    Phone: (470) 578-2836
    Email: creed63@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 452


    I teach graduate level courses in the Department of Educational Leadership pertaining to Instructional Leadership and Supervision, Performance Coaching, Data-Informed Decision Making, and Critical Analysis of Educational Policy and Praxis. My areas of research include leadership and organizational capacity building, leadership development, educational policy, and purpose-focused coaching. 
  • Tamela Thomas

    Tamela Thomas Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

    Position:
    Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

    Phone: (470) 578-2951
    Email: tthom388@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 454


    I teach Masters, Ed.S., and Ed.D. courses in Teacher Leadership. My research interests include critical instructional leadership, policy creation and implementation in STEM education, and feminist-based pedagogies in education. My work centers experience as expertise to critically interrogate how we make sense of and enact policy in schools.
  • Jen Wells

    Jen Wells Assistant Professor of Higher Education

    Jen WellsPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Higher Education

    Phone: (470) 578-4981
    Email: jwells42@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 345


    I teach graduate level courses in the Department of Educational Leadership, primarily focused on methodology.  My research interests include psychosocial development, sense of belonging, and identity development of college students and assessment with a focus on the use of standards. 
  • Ugena Whitlock

    Ugena Whitlock Chair, Department of Educational Leadership

    Ugena WhitlockPosition:
    Chair, Department of Educational Leadership

    Phone: (470) 578-6888
    Email: uwhitloc@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 448


    Dr. Whitlock teaches courses in her home department, Secondary & Middle Grades Education, and the Curriculum & Instruction Program. She is affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Studies Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, where she teaches for the Gender & Women's Studies, American Studies, and Religious Studies Programs. Her research interests include examining intersecting contexts of gender, race, class, and religion and their mutual relationality with curriculum and schooling. Her current research surrounds thinking theologically about curriculum theory.

Staff


Name
Position
  • Vanessa Younis Saho

    Vanessa Younis Saho Administrative Associate II

    Position:
    Administrative Associate II

    Phone: (470) 578-6888
    Email: vyouniss@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 449


    I support the Chair and Faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership.
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