Theodore Kowalski, Ph.D.

Professor and Kuntz Family Chair in Educational Administration
Full-Time Faculty
School of Education and Health Sciences: Educational Leadership, Doctorate of Educational Leadership

Courses Taught

  • EDA 555 School Public Relations
  • EDA 655 Principalship
  • EDU 718/818 Superintendency
  • EDU 921/922 Organizational Theory, Change
  • EDA 762/862 Policy, Politics, and Decision Making

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Indiana State University
  • M.S., Indiana State University
  • B.S., Indiana State University

Professional Activities

  • Editor, Journal of School Public Relations
  • Editorial Board Member, Educational Administration Quarterly
  • Editorial Board Member, AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice
  • Editorial Board Member, National Community Education Journal
  • Senior researcher/author, 2011 National Study of School Superintendents, American Association of School Administrators

Research Interests

  • Organizational behavior, communication and decision making
  • Change and institutional development
  • Educational planning
  • District and school administration

Selected Publications

Books
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2013). The school superintendent: Theory, practice, and cases (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press. View book >>
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2011). Case studies in educational administration (6th ed.). Boston: Pearson, Allyn and Bacon. View book >>
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2011). Public relations in schools (5th ed.). Boston: Pearson, Allyn and Bacon. View book >>
  • Kowalski, T. J., McCord, R., Petersen, G., Young, I. P., & Ellerson, N. (2011). The American school superintendent: 2010 decennial study. Lanham, MA: American Association of School Administrators and Rowman& Littlefield Education. View book >>
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2010). The school principal: Contemporary practice perspectives. New York: Routledge
  • Kowalski, T. J., & Lasley, T. J. (Eds.) (2009). Handbook of data-based decision making in education. New York: Routledge. View book >>
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2008). Case studies in educational administration (5th ed.) Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2008). Public relations in schools (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill, Prentice Hall.
  • Kowalski, T. J., Lasley, T. J., & Mahoney, J. (2008). Data-driven decisions and school leadership: Best practices for school improvement. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. View book >>
  • Kowalski, T. J., Petersen, G. J., & Fusarelli, L. D. (2007). Effective communication for school administrators: An imperative in an information age. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefied. View book >>
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2006). The school superintendent: Theory, practice, and cases (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Bjork, L. G., & Kowalski, T. J. (Eds.) (2005). The contemporary superintendent: Preparation, practice and development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2005). Contemporary school administration: An introduction. (Traditional Chinese language edition). Pro-Ed Publishing Company, Taiwan.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2003). Case studies on educational administration (Ukrainian language version). Litopsy Publishing House, Ukrainian.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2003). Contemporary school administration (2nd ed.). Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2002). Planning and managing school facilities (2nd ed.). Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey.
  • Jenlink, P. & Kowalski, T. J. (Eds.) (2000). Marching into a new millennium: Challenges to educational leadership.  The 2000 Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2000). Public relations in schools (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill, Prentice Hall.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (1999). The school superintendent: Theory, practice, and cases. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill, Prentice Hall.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (1996). Public relations in educational organizations: Practice in an age of information and reform. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill, Prentice Hall.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (1995). Case studies on educational administration (2nd ed.). New York: Longman.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (1995). Case studies on educational administration: Instructor’s manual (2nd ed.). New York: Longman.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (1995). Keepers of the flame: Contemporary urban superintendents. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Kowalski, T. J., Weaver, R., & Henson, K. T. (1994). Case studies on beginning teachers (2nd ed.). New York: Longman.
  • Kowalski, T. J., & Reitzug, U. C. (1993). Contemporary school administration. New York: Longman.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (1991). Case studies on educational administration. New York: Longman.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (1991). Case studies on educational administration: Instructor’s manual. New York: Longman.
  • Kowalski, T. J., Weaver, R. A., & Henson, K. T. (1990). Case studies on teaching. New York: Longman.
  • Kowalski, T. J., Weaver, R. A., & Henson, K. T. (1990). Case studies on teaching: Instructor’s manual. New York: Longman.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (1989). Planning and managing educational facilities. New York: Praeger.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (1988). Organizing and planning adult education. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press.
Book chapters
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2012). Technical knowledge and values in professions: Issues related to social justice in educational administration. In G. Perreault & L. Zellner (Eds.), Social justice, competition and quality: 21st century challenges. 2012 Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (pp. 37-43). Ypsilanti, MI: NCPEA Publications. View book >>
  • Lasley, T. J., Partin, E. L., O'Leary, J. D., & Kowalski, T. J. (2012). Are alternative school leadership programs really needed to prepare next generation school leaders? In T. J. Lasley (Ed.), Debating issues in American education: Standards and accountability in schools (pp.119-138). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. View book >>
  • Kowalski, T. J., & Brunner, C. C. (2011). The school superintendent: Roles, challenges, and issues. In F. English (Ed.), Handbook of Educational Leadership (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press. View book >>

Selected Journal Articles
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2012). Age, gender, and superintendents. School Administrator, 69(11), 6.
  • Young, P., Kowalski, T. J., McCord, R. S., & Petersen, G. J. (2012). Job satisfaction of female and male superintendents: The influence of job facets and contextual variables as potential predictors. Journal of Scholarship and Practice, 8(4), 14-27.
  • Kowalski, T. J., & Petersen, G. (2012). Superintendent influence on school board. School Administrator, 69(1), 6.
  • Kowalski, T. J., & McCord. R. (2012). Who orients novice school board members? School Administrator, 69(2), 6.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2012). Regional differences in superintendent salaries. School Administrator, 69(3), 6.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2012). Superintendent pay over the decade. School Administrator, 69(4), 6.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2012). Rise of women in the ranks. School Administrator, 69(5), 6.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2012). Political leanings. School Administrator, 69(6), 6.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2012). Who influences superintendents? School Administrator, 69(7), 6.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2012). Board and peer influence on superintendents. School Administrator, 69(8), 6.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2012). Superintendent job satisfaction. School Administrator, 69(9), 6.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2012). Main reason the board hired me. School Administrator, 69(10), 6.
  • Fusarelli, L. D., Kowalski, T. J., & Petersen, G. J., (2011). Distributive leadership, civic engagement, and deliberative democracy as vehicles for school improvement. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 10(1) 43-62.
  • Kowalski, T. J., & Johnson, P. (2011). Planning campaigns for tax referenda: Turning defeat into victory. Educational Planning, 20(1), 9-15.
  • Kowalski, T. J., Young, I. P., & McCord, R. (2011). Factors accounting for variability in superintendent ratings of academic preparation. Journal of Scholarship and Practice, 8(2), 12-25.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2010). Public-private partnerships, civic engagement, and school reform. Journal of Thought, 45(3-4), 71-93.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2009). Need to address evidence-based practice in educational administration. Educational Administration Quarterly, 45, 375-423.
  • Kowalski, T. J., Petersen, G. J., & Fusarelli, L. (2009). Novice superintendents and the efficacy of professional preparation. AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice. 5(4), 16-26.
  • Kowalski, T. J., Place, A. W.,Edmister, J., & Zigler, T. (2009). Need for practice-based research inschool administration. Mid-WesternEducational Researcher, 22(4), 2-8.
  • Petersen, G. J., Kowalski, T. J., & Fusarelli, L. (2009). An investigation of the preparation, readiness, and problems faced by first-time superintendents. Journal of Research on Leadership Education.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2008). Preparing and licensing superintendents in three contiguous states. Planning and Changing, 39, 240-60.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2007). Using distance education to prepare school administrators: Pitfalls and effective practice. Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 20(1), 25-32.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2005). Developing policy for part-time school administration faculty. AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, 1(4), 3-7.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2005). Evolution of the school superintendent as communicator. Communication Education, 54(2), 101-117.
  • Kowalski, T. J., & Bjork, L. G. (2005). Role expectations of the district superintendent: Implications for deregulating preparation and licensing. Journal of Thought, 40(2), 73-96.
  • Kowalski, T. J., & Bjork, L. G. (2005). Role expectations of the district superintendent: Implications for deregulating preparation and licensing. Philosopher’s Index.
  • Kowalski, T. J., & Sweetland, S. R. (2005). Retire-rehire policy in state pension programs for school administrators. Planning and Changing, 36(1 & 2), 3-22.
  • Kowalski, T. J., & Dougherty, B. (2004). Dispositions of middle school principals toward teacher selection criteria. Journal of School Leadership, 14, 266-285.
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2003). Superintendent shortage: The wrong problem and wrong solutions. Journal of School Leadership. 13, 288-303.
  • Kowalski, T. J., & Reynolds, S. (2003). Knowledge, dispositions, and career orientations of alternative school principals. Connections: Journal of Principal Preparation and Development, 5(22-31).
  • Kowalski, T. J. (2002, Fall). Today's threats prove to be tomorrow's promise: Higher education in 2027. Association for the Study of Higher Education Newsletter, 17(3).

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