It’s a crisp, sunny October morning as I write this to you from McGuffey Hall. I send you greetings from the faculty, staff, and current students in the Department of Educational Leadership.
EDL is a diverse and unique community at Miami, working to prepare educational leaders for K-16 contexts and beyond. We offer Master’s degrees in School Leadership, Transformative Education, and Student Affairs in Higher Education. We offer Ph.D. degrees in Student Affairs in Higher Education and in Educational Leadership, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership as well. We offer licensure programs in the school principalship and superintendency. We collaborate with school districts and Educational Service Centers to provide graduate programs for educators based in problems of practice, and in district or regional goals. We also offer courses and programs to growing numbers of undergraduate students.
But our “community” isn’t simply at Miami — it is all over the state of Ohio, around the United States, and in corners all over the globe. Increasingly we are able to be in touch with our alumni through our social media sites, and we’d like to keep expanding these networks. Why? Because in these somewhat tumultuous times in K-16 educational institutions, our alumni can form a life-line for our new graduates. The work of EDL in educating leaders who can pursue the aims of democracy and equity in schools and universities has never been more important, but remains as challenging as ever. That work requires ongoing support for both our alums and our new graduates.
Kathleen Knight Abowitz, Chair