• Educational Leadership, Research and Technology faculty and staff

  • AERA Conference Presentation "Evaluating Schools, Teachers, and School Leaders: An International Study of Policy and Practice." Pictured: Michele Binkley, Najat ElGeberi, Fanny Jeannette Hernandez De Alvarez, Qi Zhang, Qian Wang.

  • Dominican Republic phd cohort and Dr. Dunn

    2016 Dominican Republic Ph.D. cohort with President Dunn.

  • Doctoral and graduate assistants in ELRT

    The 2016-17 doctoral and graduate assistants in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology.

  • Western Michigan University education researcher Jessaca Spybrook honored as an emerging scholar during a Sept. 30 campus-wide awards ceremony.

The Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University offers programs that blend theory and best practices to prepare students for current and future challenges and make them more competitive in the job market.

Academic programs


Additional 2017 Date to Apply for Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
May 1, 2017, has been established as an additional deadline for those applicants interested in starting the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership during Summer II or Fall 2017. For more information, click here

AAUW Educational Funding and Awards
Encourage your women graduate students and scholars to apply for an American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship. Deadline Dec. 1, 2016. For more information, click here.

Special Topics Courses - Spring 2017

  • EDLD 6890, CRN 15324 - 3 Credit Hours - College Students With Learning Disabilities
  • EDLD 6890, CRN 15523 - 1 Credit Hour - Contested Issues in Student Affairs and Higher Education
  • EDT 5030, CRN 14440 - 3 Credit Hours - New Educational Technology Applications
    This course will explore a variety of contemporary and emerging technologies and concepts with an emphasis on best practices and practical methods for application. Participants will have hands-on access to the tools and will develop the knowledge and skills needed for integrating them into their personal, academic, or professional settings. Topics covered will include online content development and delivery, mobile learning, collaboration tools, gamification, and computational thinking.
  • OLP 6890, CRN 15685 - 3 Credit Hours - New Mindsets for Changing Organizations
    We are living in the making of a revolution in the study and practice of organizations. The mechanistic principles that have guided our analysis of organizations are being replaced by those of an electronic and intertwined earth. This course explores different dimensions of organizations in ways that transform mindsets for perceiving, organizing, and managing. Students are challenged to see and think anew—to transcend the constraints of traditional assumptions of organizations and develop more creative approaches for studying and changing organizations.

Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology ranked among the nation's best

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Ran Shi, doctoral student in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research, earned an award for her poster entitled An Examination of the Precision of Cluster Randomized Trials Funded by the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences at the Tenth Annual WMU Research and Creative Activities Poster and Performance Day.


Carla Postell one of eleven educators chosen for the Gerstacker Fellowship - Feb. 9

Alumna Lisa Williams selected for Gerstacker Fellowship - Jan. 10

Assistant Professor publishes three articles in spring 2016 - Aug. 10, 2016

Student Affairs in Malaysia - July 13, 2016


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