Faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership contribute to the knowledge base in school administration through their scholarship and service. Here, you can view a selection of their research.

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Submissions from 2014

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Superintendent Mobility, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Superintendent Search Assistance, Theodore J. Kowalski

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The School District Superintendent in the United States of America, Lars G. Björk, Theodore J. Kowalski, and Tricia Browne-Ferrigno

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Two Languages Are Better Than One, Corinne Brion

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Value Added Methods: Moving from Univariate to Multivariate Criteria, David Newman, Isadore Newman, Carolyn Ridenour, and Jennifer Morales

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Workers’ Compensation and the School Business Official, Charles J. Russo

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Working Students’ Perceptions of Paying for College: Understanding the Connections between Financial Aid and Work, Mary Ziskin, Mary Ann Fischer, Vasti Torres, Beth Pellicciotti, and Jacquelyn Player-Sanders

Submissions from 2013

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Access to Facilities by Non-School Religious Groups: An Enduring Issue, Charles J. Russo

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Age Entering the Field, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Assistive Technology and Students with Disabilities, Charles J. Russo and Allan G. Osborne Jr.

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Attending School Matters: Policies to Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism, Charles J. Russo and Carolyn Talbert-Johnson

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Bullying, the Law, and Safe Schools, Charles J. Russo

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Detecting Low Incidents Effects: The Value of Mixed Methods Research Design in Low-N Studies, Isadore Newman, Carolyn Ridenour, Carole Newman, Shannon Smith, and Russell C. Brown

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District Diversity and Superintendents of Color, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Due Process and Employee Performance, Charles J. Russo

Effective Policy Formation: A New Challenge, David Alan Dolph and Timothy J. Ilg

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Examining Variability in Superintendent Community Involvement, Theodore J. Kowalski, Ila Phillip Young, and George J. Petersen

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Female Superintendents by Locale, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Fifth Amendment Rights: Questioning Students, Charles J. Russo

Fisher v. University of Texas: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning of Race Conscious Admissions Plans in Higher Education in the United States?, Charles J. Russo

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Handbook of Comparative Higher Education Law, Charles J. Russo

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Has Time Expired for Zero Tolerance Policies?, Charles J. Russo

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Hesitancy About the Job, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Is the School Board Evaluated Formally?, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Job Evaluation, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Key Legal Issues for Schools: The Ultimate Resource for School Business Officials, Charles J. Russo

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Letters of Recommendation: Honesty Remains the Best Policy, Charles J. Russo

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Pay by Gender and District Size, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Preferred Professional Development, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Publicizing Job Evaluations, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Rehired after Retired, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Religious Freedom in the United States: ‘When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It', Charles J. Russo

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Sniff Dogs in Schools: Do the Noses Know?, Charles J. Russo

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Student Newspapers at Public Colleges and Universities: Lessons from the United States, Charles J. Russo and Terry L. Hapney

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Superintendent Ratings of Academic Preparation, Theodore J. Kowalski

Supervision and Evaluation of School Employees, David Alan Dolph and C. Daniel Raisch

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Teacher Evaluations and Merit Pay: An Uneasy Mix, David Alan Dolph

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The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Update: The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action, Charles J. Russo

Submissions from 2012

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A Cautionary Tale of Collective Bargaining in Public Education: A Teacher's Right or Tail Wagging the Dog?, Charles J. Russo

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Are Alternative School Leader Preparation Programs Really Needed to Prepare Next-Generation School Leaders?, Thomas J. Lasley, Emmy L. Partin, Jamie Davies O'Leary, and Theodore J. Kowalski

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Can Students Be Disciplined for Off-campus Cyberspeech: The Reach of the First Amendment in the Age of Technology, Charles J. Russo and Allan G. Osborne Jr.

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Can the Law Keep Pace with Technology? Regulating Student Use of the Internet and Cyberspace, Charles J. Russo and Allan G. Osborne Jr.

Child Abuse in Religious Institutions: Dealing with the Unspeakable, Charles J. Russo

Debating Issues in American Education, Charles J. Russo and Allan G. Osborne Jr.

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Disciplining Students with Disabilities: An American Perspective, Charles J. Russo and Allan G. Osborne Jr.

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Job Satisfaction of Female and Male Superintendents: The Influence of Job Facets and Contextual Variables as Potential Predictors, Ila Phillip Young, Theodore J. Kowalski, Robert S. McCord, and George J. Petersen

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Negotiating in School Districts When Times Are Tough, David Alan Dolph

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Reflections on the Law and Curricular Values in American Schools, Charles J. Russo and William E. Thro

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Regulating the Boundaries between the Public and Private Lives of Teachers in Changing Cultural Contexts: An American Perspective, Charles J. Russo

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Religious Freedom in American Catholic Higher Education, Charles J. Russo and Paul E. McGreal

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Reutter’s The Law of Public Education, Charles J. Russo

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Teacher Unions, the Right to Work, and Fair Share Agreements, Charles J. Russo and C. Daniel Raisch

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The Status of Teachers Unions: Are Rumors of Their Demise Exaggerated?, Charles J. Russo

Submissions from 2011

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Another Nail in the Coffin of Religious Freedom? Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, Charles J. Russo and William E. Thro

Cell Phones in Schools: Necessary Tools or Needless Distractions, Charles J. Russo

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Factors Accounting for Variability in Superintendent Ratings of Academic Preparation, Theodore J. Kowalski, Ila Phillip Young, and Robert S. McCord

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Public Relations in Schools, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Respect for Me but Not for Thee: Reflections on the Impact of Same-Sex Marriage on Education, Charles J. Russo

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The School Superintendent: Roles, Challenges, and Issues, Theodore J. Kowalski and C. Cryss Brunner

Submissions from 2010

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Faith-Based Charter Schools: An Idea Whose Time Is Unlikely to Come, Charles J. Russo and Gerald M. Cattaro

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Feminist Perspectives, Carolyn Ridenour

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Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Issues, Carolyn Ridenour

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Mobile Working Students: A Delicate Balance of College, Family, and Work, Mary Ziskin, Vasti Torres, Don Hossler, and Jacob P. K. Gross

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National Organization for Women (NOW), Carolyn Ridenour

Practices of Successful School Leaders, David Alan Dolph and Stephen Grant

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Public-Private Partnerships, Civic Engagement, and School Reform, Theodore J. Kowalski

The Impact of Pedophile Priests on American Catholic Education: Reflections of a Cradle Catholic, Charles J. Russo

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Title IX, Carolyn Ridenour

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Women in Educational Leadership, Carolyn Ridenour

Submissions from 2009

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Canon Law, American Law, and Governance of Catholic Schools: A Healthy Partnership, Charles J. Russo

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From Stalled to Successful: The Art of Negotiating, David Alan Dolph

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Getting Serious about Institutional Performance in Student Retention: Research-Based Lessons on Effective Policies and Practices, Don Hossler, Mary Ziskin, and Jacob P. K. Gross

Judges as Umpires or Rule Makers? The Role of the Judiciary in Educational Decision Making in the United States, Charles J. Russo

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Novice Superintendents and the Efficacy of Professional Preparation, Theodore J. Kowalski, George J. Petersen, and Lance D. Fusarelli

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Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1: An Overview with Reflections for Urban Schools, Charles J. Russo and William E. Thro

Student Aid and Its Role in Encouraging Persistence, Don Hossler, Mary Ziskin, Jacob P. K. Gross, Sooyeon Kim, and Osman Cekic

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The Study of Institutional Practices Related to Student Persistence, Mary Ziskin, Don Hossler, and Sooyeon Kim

Submissions from 2008

Boards of Education, David Alan Dolph

Co-Curricular Activities, David Alan Dolph

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Coming Together: The Pros and Cons of School Consolidation, David Alan Dolph

Extra-Curricular Activities, David Alan Dolph

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Frequency of Principal Turnover in Ohio’s Elementary Schools, Michelle Chaplin Partlow and Carolyn Ridenour

Judicial 'Hostility to All Things Religious in Public Life' or Healthy Separation of Religion and Public Education?, Charles J. Russo

Submissions from 2007

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Playing It Safe in Secondary School Athletic Programs, David Alan Dolph

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Real Change Is Real Hard: The Challenge of Transforming School Systems, David Alan Dolph

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Restoration vs. New Construction: How to Make the Right Decision, Timothy J. Ilg and David Alan Dolph

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Same-Sex Marriage and Public School Curricula: Preserving Parental Rights to Direct the Education of their Children, Charles J. Russo

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Status of Women in Higher Education: A Metanalysis of Institutional Reports, Kathleen Brittamart Watters and Carolyn Ridenour

Submissions from 2006

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Gender in Schools: A Qualitative Study of Students in Educational Administration, Mary Lou Andrews and Carolyn Ridenour

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Myths and Poor Policy Affecting the Future of School Superintendents, Theodore J. Kowalski

Religious Neutrality in Public Schools and Elsewhere: An Assessment of the Supreme Court’s Approach to Posting the Ten Commandments in Public Places in the U.S., Charles J. Russo

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The Levy Process and Your Constituents: Know the Issues, David Alan Dolph

Submissions from 2005

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Academic Generations: Exploring Intellectual Risk Taking in an Educational Leadership Program, Carolyn Ridenour and Darla J. Twale

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Developing Policy for Part-time School Administration Faculty, Theodore J. Kowalski

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'Divertual' Learning in Education Leadership: Implications of Teaching Cultural Diversity Online vs. Face to Face, Carolyn Ridenour, A. Llewellyn Simmons, Timothy J. Ilg, and A. William Place

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Evolution of the School District Superintendent Position, Theodore J. Kowalski

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Facing an Uncertain Future: An Investigation of the Preparation and Readiness of First-Time Superintendents to Lead in a Democratic Society, Theodore J. Kowalski, George J. Peterson, and Lance D. Fusarelli

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Role Expectations of the District Superintendent: Implications for Deregulating Preparation and Licensing, Theodore J. Kowalski and Lars G. Björk

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School Choice: Structured through Markets and Morality, Thomas J. Lasley and Carolyn Ridenour