Joe C. Novak Ed.D

School of Education and Human Sciences - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Senior Lecturer
Director, Professional Development School Program Coordinator, Instructor and Advisor for the School of Education Master's program in Building Level Leadership.
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 404
University of Kansas
1122 W. Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101
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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. Novak's interests focus on educator wellness and continuous growth and improvement. His research interest also involves the theories and practices of shared and servant leadership.

PDS Alliance:


Teaching Interests

  • Leadership, staff evaluation, staff development, cultural competency, social justice, educator wellness


Serving PDS schools with training and resources in areas requested by the schools.

Serving local school districts and schools in meeting their academic and social goals for teachers and students.

Selected Publications

DeLuca, T. A., Ph. D., Novak, J. C., Ed. D., & Cocolis, A., Ed. D. (2017). Retaliatory Teacher Transfer or Meeting a District Need? [Other]. In Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. Sage Publications.

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Selected Awards & Honors

University of Kansas, School of Education, Faculty Achievement Award for Service
School of Education
2017 - Present

School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—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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