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Educational Administration Program Faculty at KU

The faculty members and instructors within the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies are dedicated to providing robust learning opportunities related to educational administration.  The faculty are studying important problems in PK-12 schools, and working directly with districts on issues including: the law, issues of equity in urban schools, and school finance and leadership, among others.

Doctoral students typically seek (or are assigned) a faculty advisor upon admission to the program.

You will learn from full-time professors who have real-world experiences leading buildings and districts to serve children, parents, communities, and society. All of the professors in the program hold doctorates in their teaching field and collectively have published hundreds of articles, books, book chapters, and papers. Prior to their time at KU, our faculty have served in professional roles within various school districts across the Midwestern region of the United States, and have served as state and national consultants to many school districts across the country.

Our program faculty and instructors have taught at and/or have been published with other research institutions including: Michigan State University, University of South Carolina, and other universities nationwide.  They have also secured millions of dollars in external funding from national organizations; designed and developed online resources serving hundreds of schools and students; and have conducted research related to e-learning and other types of educational administration policies. 

Our educational administration program faculty also partner with professors from other academic departments to ensure that your graduate student experience and learning at KU are both interdisciplinary in nature and grounded in practical experience.


Thomas DeLuca, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 406

Thomas A. DeLuca, Ph.D., proudly serves the students of Kansas and western Missouri through his face-to-face doctoral (Ed.D.) courses on KU's Lawrence and Edwards campuses. In addition to his academic background, his experience serving local community school districts as a teacher, principal,... more

Rick Ginsberg
Professor, Dean, School of Education
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 214K

Rick Ginsberg, Ph.D., has served as Dean of the School of Education at the University of Kansas since August, 2005. He served three years as the Chair of the Kansas Professional Standards Board, is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education... more

Professor of the Practice, Program Coordinator of EdD Program
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 411

Deborah Perbeck serves as the program coordinator for the doctorate program in Educational Administration and teaches courses in district-level leadership. She earned her EdD at Wichita State University In Educational Leadership. She served over 30 years in a variety of positions in PK-12... more

Argun Saatcioglu
Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 407

I received my Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, specializing in sociology of organizations and education. My scholarship and teaching focus on educational and organizational inequality, educational policy, governance, and quantitative methods.

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Campus Locations
This program is available at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park! Learn more»
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—U.S. News & World Report
Professor Lisa Wolf-Wendel is president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education
Alumni of the department head higher education institutions, school districts, and schools across the nation
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