Stout School of Education

Fall 2016 Newsletter

News from the Ed.D. Program at High Point University

Message From the Dean
It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome each of you back for another exciting year of doctoral study in the School of Education.  I want to personally welcome our newest members in “Cohort 5” and extend my appreciation to you for choosing High Point University.  We look forward to taking this extraordinary journey with you.  I commend you for your desire to achieve even greater levels of excellence in your professional lives.

At last count we have 81 doctoral students enrolled in our Ed.D. degree program in Educational Leadership!  This year, our candidates are employed in 16 different school districts as well as four states outside of North Carolina.  Eight of our candidates hold leadership positions in higher education and other educational settings including High Point University.  Despite these differences I believe our goals are really remarkably similar.  Each of us is invested in making the world a better place by providing a quality education to all P-21 students.  As leaders it is our responsibility to challenge others to meet the demands needed to impel educational reform in North Carolina and across our great nation.

On behalf of our faculty I extend best wishes to each of you for a productive year.  Do not hesitate to let me know if I can do anything to assist you!

Dr. Mariann Tillery, Dean

New Faculty

ABDr. Allison Blosser:  Dr. Blosser joined the Department of Leadership Studies full-time in 2016.  Prior to that, she worked for the HPU School of Education developing various courses and programs of study and as an adjunct professor.  She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago, where she graduated with distinction.  Her dissertation titled, “Here there is no Gentile or Jew: Doing Diversity in a Conservative Christian School,” earned her the Dissertation of the Year award at Loyola.  She also holds an MA from Michigan State University and a BA from Texas Christian University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 

Prior to beginning her doctoral program, Dr. Blosser taught high school English and humanities and was a college counselor at several private schools in the South.  She also volunteered with Upward Bound, a federal-funded program that prepares first-generation and low-income students for college.  It was witnessing the disparities in access to educational opportunities between the students she taught and counseled in private school and the students she worked with through Upward Bound that inspired her to study educational policy and school reform. 

Dr. Blosser’s research focuses on diversity initiatives and policies in schools and districts, policies concerning school choice, as well as culturally responsive teaching.  She has also published on the need for globally-minded educators and argued for the inclusion of comparative and international education in teacher education programs.  She recently co-edited a book as part of the Oxford Studies in Comparative Education series titled, Teaching Comparative Education: Trends and Issues Informing Practice, and was a founding member and co-chair of the Teaching Comparative Education SIG for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).  She regularly presents her research at national and international conferences such as CIES and AERA (American Educational Research Association). 

Dr. Blosser believes in developing educators into advocates and change agents.  She is passionate about justice, educational equity, and inclusivity and loves working with educators to help them achieve those ends.  

BZDr. Barbara Zwadyk: A native of Greensboro, Barbara Zwadyk earned her BA in French and English from Greensboro College, and M.Ed. in French and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Her doctorate, in Educational Leadership, is also from UNC-G.   

 With over 30 years in education, Dr. Zwadyk has taught K-12, served as principal at middle school, high school, and the middle college levels. She has supervised high school principals as an Instructional Improvement Officer and has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Services in Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, as Chief of Curriculum and Organizational Development Officer in Guilford County Schools from which she retired.  She also served as Interim Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services in Chatham County Schools. She has as been an adjunct professor at Gardner Webb University, University of the Cumberlands and UNCG, at both the masters and doctoral levels.

 Dr. Zwadyk most recently served as director and leadership coach for North Carolina New Schools, Breakthrough Learning and as an adjunct at High Point University before joining the faculty fulltime in 2016. 

Student Spotlight
Congratulations to Deana Coley, Davidson County and Cohort 4, who was recently promoted to Director of Elementary Education, Title I and AIG in Davidson County.  Excellent news!  In addition, Deana was instrumental with creating a beneficial summer partnership between High Point University Doctoral Students and DCS.  The partnership helped deliver a meaningful and progressive teacher workshop series to local educators.  Congrats Deana!

Students On the Move

  • Congratulations to Jonathan Bowers, Union County and Cohort 3, former principal at Weddington High School, who was named Director of Student Services and Accountability! Way to go Bowers!
  • Congratulations to Justin Marckel, WSFCS and Cohort 3, who recently presented at a local conference on the power of connecting through Twitter. The conference was the WSFCS Collaborative Learning Conference, on August 10 & 11. Way to shine!
  • Congratulations to Ryan Moody, Guilford County and Cohort 4, who was promoted to an Assistant Principal position at Grimsley High School. Wonderful!
  • Congratulations to Miah Hart-Olivis, Cohort 4, recently promoted to an Assistant Principal position at Hillendale High School with Durham Public Schools. Awesome update!
  • Congratulations to Stephanie Austin, Cohort 4, our National Psychologist of the Year, who was recently promoted to EC Director with Rockingham County Schools.  Terrific news!

Important Dates

  • September 30:  Cohort 4 Meet-and-Greet
  • September 30 and October 1:  Doctoral Classes at HPU
  • October 28 and 29:  Doctoral Classes at HPU
  • November 11 and 12:  Doctoral Classes at HPU
  • December 2:  All Cohorts, “An Evening with Dr. Qubein” (Details TBA)
  • December 2 and 3:  Doctoral Classes at HPU
  • April 22:  All Cohorts, Doctoral Workshop at HPU, 9am-3pm (Details TBA)

Executive Coaching Certification
Coming Summer 2017, HPU will begin offering EDU 7400 Executive Coaching Certification. This course is designed for doctoral students who have served as principals or who are in district level positions and want to provide leadership coaching. Coaching is part of what strong mid- and senior-level school leaders do; this class will seek to formalize the process. The executive coach supports the coached one, ensuring that s/he recognizes critical leadership principles, including behavioral competence, deeper self-awareness, and personal strengths. The philosophical assumption is that the coached one has the answers; the coach assists the coached one in developing and finding those answers. Remember the age-old adage: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

During the course, doctoral candidates will focus on honing such coaching skills as questioning, active listening, providing feedback, engaging in dialogue and developing critical reflection. Know thyself will be one of our guiding principles. Students will apply learning through in-class and online activities, simulations and coaching experiences. A score of proficient must be earned on coaching experiences and a final in-class simulation to receive an HPU certification.  For more information, please contact Dr. Barbara Zwadyk.


  • If you would like to be a reviewer for the NCMLE Journal, email Dr. James Davis (great artifact and resume / VITAE builder).
  • If you would like to be considered for publication in the NCMLE Journal, email Dr. James Davis.
  • If you would like to be considered as a presenter at the NCMLE Conference held in March, in Greensboro, email Dr. James Davis.

Ed.D. Resources
The School of Education has created a website with all the information needed for doctoral students in all cohorts.  The site will continue to have new information added to the Program Resources link and we welcome suggestions!  The site has the official approved information for all areas of the program.  Any other copies of information you have may not be correct and should be discarded.

Featured Text – Leadership BS by Jeffery Pfeffer
The book, Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, by Jeffery Pfeffer describes in detail the inauthentic culture of leadership consulting.  The bar for entrance into this group is low.  The information provided by these leadership consultants is often aspirational but of little practical use.  Leaders must be inauthentic to be successful.  They must get along with people they do not like.  They must act confident when they are not.

He also points to the altered reality of successful business leaders who pen books.  The picture they paint is an idealized one that does not mesh with the actual reality of what happened in the company according to those that worked there.  People want to use well crafted myths as guiding principals for leadership rather than embrace the messy reality that exists.  The higher a position a leader reaches the fewer consequences for bad behavior.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  If I need assistance with submitting something in Foilotek, who should I contact?
Answer:  Contact Jodi Moser.

Question:  If I want to suggest information to be included in the newsletter, such as job promotions of cohort members, who should I contact?
Answer:  Contact Dr. James Davis.


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