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Dr. James Berry

Dr. James Berry

Professor and Executive Director of International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership

"The fast pace of change in education requires principals and school leaders to be flexible in their thinking as they lead schools and school systems"

Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. in Educational Administration – University of Missouri-Columbia, 1973

Career Highlights:

  • Executive Director of International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership, 2010-Present
  • Interim In Associate Dean College of Education, 2002-2004
  • Department Head Leadership & Counseling, 1995-2001

In which online degree program do you teach?

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Which classes do you teach online?

EDLD 514, EDLD 515, EDLD 620, and EDLD 710

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

I have a strong interest in teaching the use of technology as a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning. As executive director of ICPEL, I try to inform students of current practices, issues and policies that impact the leadership of K-12 schools.

Why did you start teaching?

I wrestled in college, and the desire to coach wrestling after graduation paired with a desire to teach English literature.

What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?

Online education requires as much, or more, time and effort as any face-to-face class. Budgeting time to stay on top of content and assignments is important in eight-week classes.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that educators face today?

The fast pace of change in education requires principals and school leaders to be flexible in their thinking as they lead schools and school systems.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

“The One Best System” by David Tyack.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.

I am a serious exerciser. I run, ride my bike or go to the gym at least six times a week.

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