Louann Bierlein Palmer

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Louann Bierlein Palmer
Professor of Educational Leadership and Ph.D. Coordinator, Educational Leadership
Office: 
(269) 387-3596
Location: 
3571 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5283
Mailing address: 
Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5283 USA
Education: 
  • Ed.D., Educational Administration, Northern Arizona University
  • M.Ed., University of Arizona
  • B.S., Michigan State University
Bio: 

Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer is a professor of educational leadership, research and technology at Western Michigan University, specializing in educational leadership. She is also currently serving as a graduate college faculty fellow. She earned an Ed.D. in educational administration from Northern Arizona University, a M.Ed. in educational administration from University of Arizona, and a B.S. in general science/biology from Michigan State University. She teaches, among other courses, school community relations and cultural competency, policy development and analysis, and leadership theory. Her research interests include a broad array of K-12 and higher education reform and policy issues. Prior to joining WMU, Bierlein Palmer served in various policy research and leadership roles, including the governor’s office in Louisiana, and university policy centers in Louisiana and Arizona. She is also considered a national expert on quality charter school laws and authorizing policies.