Chair's Welcome

chair Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University. The department’s first graduates were in 1966 at the Masters Degree level and the first doctoral students graduated in 1973. Since its inception, the department has graduated nearly 4000 Masters, Specialist and Doctoral students. The faculty of the department has an enviable record of quality teaching, relevant research and substantial service to the College, the University and the wider community.

Faculty expertise covers a wide range of areas in the field of leadership, including policy, administrative and leadership practices, organizational development, community involvement and the development of the leader as a person. We have three program areas that look specifically at the development of leaders, these include the K-12 school sector, the higher education sector and those that work with adults and the community. The programs of the department include a Master of Educational Leadership in each of the three program areas, a Specialist in Educational Leadership in the fields of K-12 Schools and Adult and Community Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in all three program areas. In addition, individuals with Masters degrees in fields other than Educational Leadership are able to work towards their Florida Principals’ Certification.

The Department faculty also serves the wider community through participation on committees of local schools and other agencies; by delivering professional development either through individual contracts or through one of the department’s centers; and by providing consulting advice to educational agencies. The members of the faculty are citizens of the world and collectively have presented or worked in over forty countries. Department faculty members are actively involved in meaningful educational research that results in the publishing of books, articles and paper that are delivered at International, National and State Conferences.

We look forward to working with you and sharing our expertise with yours. As a potential student, as a potential partner or as someone that just seeks some information, we welcome you to our website and look forward to, one day, meeting you in person.

Robert Shockley, Ph.D
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership