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Welcome to the Department of Leadership


The Department of Leadership at the University of Memphis offers degrees in two areas: K-12 School Leadership (LDPS) and Higher Ed/Adult Education (HIAD). We aim to educate current and future scholars and practitioners from diverse leadership settings by transforming theory into practice in a manner that will enable them to become highly effective in their chosen profession.

Our areas of focus include: Community Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, Central Office Administration, School based Administration, Higher Education, Adult Education, Federal and State Departments of Education and other leadership roles.

Prospective students are welcome to apply for admission at any time; applications to be considered for Spring 2017 enrollment are due on November 1, 2016, and the application deadline for enrollment starting in Fall 2017 is April 1, 2017. You can learn more about our programs by selecting a desired course of study from the menu on the left-hand side of this page, or gain immediate access to our application guidelines by clicking here.

Our Spring 2017 Doctoral Graduates 


Marcus Latrell Matthews 
Dissertation: "Using Constructivist Grounded Theory to Understand How Black Males Graduate From Predominantly White Four-Year Institutions "
Major Professor: Dr.l Reginald Green 

Suzette Guy Payne Dissertation: "An Examination of the Supervision of Special Education Instruction in an Urban Public School District"
Major Professor: Dr. Reginald Green 

Ingrid Alecia Thomas 
Dissertation: "Teachers' Role in Assisting Principals to Improve Student Learning Through Formative Assessment"
Major Professor: Dr. Reginald Green 

Tequilla Andrea Banks 
Dissertation: "Demographic Characteristics and Measures of Teacher Performance in Urban Schools"
Major Professor: Dr. Reginald Green

Kemmashela Taneka Conner 
Dissertation: "Investigating the Relationship of the Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) and Academic Growth of Fourth and Fifth Grade Students in a West Tennessee Urban School District" 
Major Professor: Dr. Reginald Green 

Brian Wade Brewer 
Dissertation: "An Inquiry into the Political, Socio-economic, Geographic, and Educational Factors that Predict Race to the Top Winners and Losers"
Major Professor: Dr. Charisse Gulosino 


John Howard Lewis IV
Dissertaion: "A survey to Determine the Relationship Between Institutional Characteristics and the Usage of Customer Service Related Financial Aid Activities"
Major Professor: Dr. Jeffery Wilson 

Bobby Eugene Smith Jr. 
Dissertation: "Retention of Degree-Seeking Community College Students Based on Age, Enrollment Intensity, and Academic Progress"
Major Professor: Dr. Jeffery Wilson 

Charlene Connell White 
Dissertation: "A narrative Study of Successful Female Athletic Directors at National Junior College Athletic Association Member Institutions"
Major Professor: Dr. Jeffery Wilson