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Department of Educational Leadership COVID-19 Message

Given the unique circumstances of the 2020-2021 school year, faculty and staff understand that EDL students will still have requests typically made in person, such as thematic sequence requests, changes of major, graduate forms to fill out and submit, and more. The office is currently open on Wednesdays and Thursdays and EDL staff can still be reached virtually during office hours: Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm, to assist with your requests. Please leave a voicemail at (513) 529-6825, or feel free to email Kathy - - so she can assist or direct you. In addition, you can email faculty members and advisors directly with questions about academics, programs, and more. The Educational Leadership team wishes you well and sends our best regards.


The Department of Educational Leadership's programs and classes model critical, reflective, and collaborative learning. Our faculty and instructors bring strong content knowledge to a commitment to developing student voice.  Our syllabi and programs reflect our collective belief that human and cultural diversity enhance educational experiences for all. Our pedagogies are designed to engage students with controversial theories, multiple perspectives, critique, reflection, and action.  For all these reasons, EDL courses typically are conducted in seminar-style with high levels of interaction and student engagement.

Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership, where we prepare students to develop educational practices and communities that are committed to institutional and community transformation, equity, and social justice. Our interest is in the study of educational change and leadership across educational organizational systems. Faculty and students throughout the Department share a common interest in linking research and practice, in the intellectual study of culture and social change.

We offer a range of undergraduate opportunities including a major in Education Studies, a minor in Community-Based Leadership, a thematic sequence in Critical Youth Studies, and a certificate in Outdoor Leadership. We also sponsor a number of courses housed in the Division of Student Life in the areas of leadership, service learning, career development, and university life.