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Educational Leadership Faculty

Robyne Elder

Dr. Robyne ElderDr. 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.

Richard (Dick) Henson

Richard L. HensonDr. 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.

Lynda Leavitt

Dr. Lynda LeavittDr. 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.

Mitch Nasser

Mitch NasserDr. 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.

Bob Steffes

Bob SteffesDr. 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.

Graham Weir

Dr. Graham WeirDr. Graham Weir is the educational specialist program coordinator for the Educational Leadership Department in the College of Education and Human Services. 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

Sherrie WisdomSherrie Wisdom holds the position of director of the College of Education and Human Services 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.

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