Educational Leadership Faculty
Dr. Sherry DeVore received a doctorate (Ed.D.) in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006. Dr. DeVore also holds a specialist degree in learning disabilities, a master’s degree in education, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri State University. Previously, Dr. DeVore served as the assistant superintendent of Branson Public Schools for eight years. Areas of certification include elementary education (K-8), principal (K-8), learning disabilities (K-8), behavior disorders (K-8), mentally handicapped (K-8), and School Psychological Examiner’s certificate.
Dr. Robyne Elder is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Lindenwood University. Previously, she served as an adjunct instructor and APA editor at Lindenwood. She began editing dissertations and assisting Ed.D. candidates in December 2009 and began teaching a course, Writing for Research and Publication (EDR 58000), to help such candidates in the spring of 2014. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an M.A. in teaching and an Ed.D. in instructional leadership from Lindenwood University. Elder was a high school English instructor for 13 years and ELA department chair for five years. She was honored to receive the following awards during her teaching career: Teacher of the Year, Educator of the Year for the Ft. Zumwalt School District, Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Sue Spellmann Award from Lindenwood. She enjoys watching and playing football, basketball, and baseball with her two boys and husband in Crestwood, Mo., as well as taking her dog, Izzy, for walks.
Dr. Kathy Grover earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership with an emphasis in instructional leadership from Lindenwood University in 2009. Dr. Grover also holds an Educational Specialist degree in instructional leadership from Lindenwood University, and a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in secondary education in mathematics from Missouri State University. Dr. Grover served as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Clever Public Schools for 10 years, curriculum director for three years, and mathematics teacher in urban and rural districts for 10 years. Prior to fulltime employment with Lindenwood University, Dr. Grover was an adjunct instructor for Lindenwood University and Missouri State University. Dr. Grover's primary research interest is the use of assessment vs. the purpose of assessment and how the relationship impacts teaching and learning.
Richard (Dick) Henson
Dr. Richard L. Henson served in public schools, where he served as a language arts teacher, high school principal, and, for the final 18 years, as superintendent of the Clever R-V School District. His expertise is in long-range planning and facilities development as his district grew by 300 percent during that tenure. Dr. Henson also has 28 years of military service and is a retired chief master sergeant; his final assignment in the USAFR was as chief of logistics readiness. Dr. and Mrs. Henson, herself a retired educator, have two nearly grown daughters and an assortment of dogs living on a small farm in southwest Missouri.
Dr. Lynda Leavitt is a professor in the Educational Leadership Department, Lindenwood University. She has an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Saint Louis University, an M.A. in curriculum and instruction, an M.A. in international relations, a B.S. in elementary and special education, and a B.S. in political science. Dr. Leavitt serves as a Lindenwood University Faculty Fellow for emerging pedagogy and the associate editor of the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) Journal of Education. Her most recent publications include 20-Minute Mentor - Getting Started with Podcasting, Magna Publications; Handbook of Research on Advancing Critical Thinking in Higher Education; Cultural Awareness and Competency Development in Higher Education; and Handbook of Research on Social Inequality and Education, IGI-Global publications.
Dr. Nasser is an experienced professional with over 16 years of administrative experience in higher education administration prior to becoming a faculty member in fall 2016. He earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Louis University, his master's at Western Illinois University, and his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. Nasser served in residence life capacities at Florida International University, Miami University, University of Dayton, and McKendree University. He also served in career services, academic advising, orientation, judicial affairs, and Title IX capacities. Nasser developed significant research interests in social justice education, supervision, men’s issues, and campus safety during his professional career. His interest in men’s issues led to the publication of two conference articles and a collaborative national presentation. Nasser’s passion for social justice developed into presentations for students, staff, and faculty. His interest in supervision led to a referred publication and three national presentations on the topic. Nasser taught courses on student transition to college, leadership, service learning, group dynamics, public policy, educational foundations, and student development theory.
Dr. Sherblom grew up in a large family in a small working-class town in New England. The child of a social worker and a minister, he would later meld psycho-social development with moral consciousness in his scholarship. Dr. Sherblom sought a dual bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in philosophy and psychology (philosophical ethics and moral psychology) from the University of Massachusetts Boston on the belief that interdisciplinary work allows us to ask broader questions, not otherwise thinkable. His questions have to do with how it is that people develop morally (and some seem not to develop); what allows some people to be violent and exploitive and others not; and what, exactly, is it that develops that is so different between those who are and are not this kind of immoral? He completed his Masters in Education in personality and social psychology at Harvard University, working in the research group of psychologist Carol Gilligan [Ethic of Care]. He earned his Ed.D. in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, exploring how children talk about the moral aspects of their friendships. He was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University of St. Louis in the psychology department. Besides Lindenwood, Dr. Sherblom has also taught at Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri-St. Louis, The Florida Institute of Technology, and Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Pamela Spooner received a doctorate (Ed.D.) in instructional leadership from Lindenwood University in 2015. Additionally, she holds a specialist degree and certification in school administration from Lindenwood University, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri, and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Spooner has worked in public education for 34 years, mostly at the middle level teaching English. She also served in several district leadership roles as a curriculum specialist. She currently is an assistant professor and site director for the Lindenwood extended site program.
Dr. Steffes earned a B.S. in English education from Northeast Missouri State University in 1979. He spent the next 32 years in public education as an English teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal. During this time, he earned an M.Ed. in English, an Ed.S. in educational administration, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Missouri. After 32 years in public education, he retired and worked for Columbia College as an outreach coordinator, assistant director, and director of the St. Louis campus.
Dr. Nicole D. Vaux earned her Ph.D. in educational administration and leadership from The University of Alabama. She holds an M.A and an Ed.S. in instructional leadership, also from The University of Alabama. Her undergraduate degrees in English literature, history, and secondary education are from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Prior to working at Lindenwood University Dr. Vaux was the coordinator of the M.Ed. Educational Leadership program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and held the endowed professorship in educational administration. Preceding her work in higher education, Dr. Vaux worked across the Midwest and South in K-12 schools, both public and charter. Dr. Vaux is certified in quantitative statistics and STEAM. Her research interests are primarily in organizational theory with a focus on culture and climate. Currently, she is working on studies involving organizational climate and academic optimism as predictors of achievement and effectiveness in schools.
Dr. Graham Weir is the educational specialist program coordinator for the Educational Leadership Department in the School of Education. Dr. Weir holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Education from Principia College, a master’s degree in education administration from Truman State University, and an Educational Specialist from St. Louis University in education administration. He earned his Ph.D. from St. Louis University in philosophy of education.
Holding the rank of professor, Dr. Weir teaches a variety of courses in the Ed.S. emphasis area, including all four levels of the field experience classes, Specialist Project (EDA 65000), and School Administration Orientation (EDA 50000). In addition to teaching, Dr. Weir serves as a chairperson and committee member for a variety of students in their dissertation work. He also is a member of the Missouri Professors of Educational Administration (MPEA). Dr. Weir has 30 years of experience in public education as a teacher and principal and more than 10 years of experience as a professor at Lindenwood University.
Sherrie Wisdom holds the position of director of the School of Education Office of Graduate Studies. Her professional education career includes consultation on educational research with doctoral students, experience with K-12 curriculum, teaching secondary mathematics and physics, and teaching college-level physics, education statistics, and doctoral research courses. Her education includes an Ed.D. in educational administration from Lindenwood University, an M.A. in applied mathematics from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, an M.A.E. in curriculum & instruction: mathematics & physics from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a Graduate Certificate in institutional research from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her research interests include organizational transition; global perspective characteristics of university undergraduates, progression and persistence characteristics of university Ed.D. students, analysis with large-scale educational databases, social inequality in education, and critical thinking in higher education.