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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 schools on issues including: the law, issues of equity in urban schools, and school finance and leadership, among others.

You will learn from professionals who have real-world experiences leading buildings and districts to serve children, parents, communities, and society. 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.

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 learners; 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 partners to ensure that your graduate student experience and learning at KU are both interdisciplinary in nature and grounded in practical experience.

Jennifer Besselo
Online Instructor

Jennifer Bessolo, Ed.D., teaches courses in the MSE-Educational Leadership program and the Ed.D. doctoral cohort program. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Kansas and currently serves the Lawrence School District as the K-12 Curriculum... more

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

Joseph Novak
Senior Lecturer, Director, Professional Development School Program Coordinator, Instructor and Advisor for the School of Education Master's program in Building Level Leadership.
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 404

Joe Novak is a senior lecturer in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He is the coordinator of MSE – Educational Leadership program for both the campus and online programs. He directs the Professional Development Schools (PDS) program for the School of Education. Dr.... 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

Eric Punswick, University of Kansas
Online Instructor

Eric J. Punswick is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Benefits for the Blue Valley Schools in Overland Park, KS. Previously, Dr. Punswick served as an Executive Director for General Administration with the Olathe Public Schools. Dr. Punswick also served the Leavenworth Public Schools... more

Argun Saatcioglu
Associate 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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Mike Slagle
Online Instructor

Mike Slagle is the Deputy Superintendent for the Blue Valley School District.  He holds responsibilities for the departments of human resources, facilities and operations, legal, business and finance, program evaluation, and state and federal legislative affairs. Mike began his teaching... more

Anna Stubblefield

Anna Stubblefield currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent for Lawrence Public Schools. During the 2018-2019 Interim Superintendent for Lawrence Public Schools for 2017-18 school year.  She plays a vital role supporting all department leaders and district initiatives, while promoting... more

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This program is available at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park! Learn more»
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