Positions

Overview

  • Scholarship Over the years, I have explored leadership in schools in a variety of contexts. Most recently, I have examined school leaders' awareness of organizational mission, vision, values, and goals, and explored the impact these statements have on their daily practice as school leaders. I am also especially interested in the unsung and often neglected role of the assistant principal in our schools. The assistant principal's role is vital to the success of schools in terms of managerial leadership. But, in what ways can assistant principals increase their role in improving instruction and student achievement? How can we expand the role of assistant principals to ensure that this position is an authentic and powerful training ground for strong instructional leaders? Service I have made presentations to school faculty groups and to various school leaders regarding the elements and implementation of Professional Learning Communities, especially as they relate to key organizational statements (mission, vision, values, and goals) in strategic planning and school improvement. I also serve on the editorial board of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Journal. Personal I am a bit of a political news junkie, enjoy reading broadly, and traveling across the U.S. and the world. My work is my passion. I love teaching and helping others discover the leader within! When I learned as a young man that the word "educate" means, literally, "to draw out from within," I knew I was destined to be an educator all of my life! Nothing is more rewarding to me than watching a student develop in confidence and competence as they increase their understanding of themselves, of our world, and of how they can lead in making our schools and communities better.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2016 Benefits and Challenges of Teaching Nursing Online: Exploring Perspectives of Different Stakeholders.Journal of Nursing Education.  55:433-440. 2016
    2015 Perceptions and experiences of K-12 educational leaders in response to the 27 April 2011 tornadoesSchool Leadership and Management2015
    2015 Mission, vision, values, and goals: An exploration of key organizational statements and daily practice in schoolsJournal of Educational Change.  16:217-242. 2015
    2015 Perceptions and experiences of K-12 educational leaders in response to the 27 April 2011 tornadoesSchool Leadership and Management.  35:215-235. 2015
    2015 Developing Instructional Leaders Through Assistant Principals’ Academy: A Partnership for SuccessEducation and Urban Society.  47:207-241. 2015
    2015 Maintaining a strong collaborative community in the early dissertation-writing process: Reflections on program interventionsJournal of Continuing Higher Education.  63:44-50. 2015
    2014 Interns Perceptions of Administrative Internships: Do Principals Provide Internship Activities in Areas They Deem Important?International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation.  9. 2014
    2003 Career Patterns of American Superintendents.Journal of School Leadership.  13:406-27. 2003
    2000 Church, E, Gurley, K., & Furtwengler, C. (2000). School district organization: Using research and best practice for decision-making. Journal of Critical Inquiry into Curriculum and Instruction, 2(1),13-20.Journal of Critical Inquiry into Curriculum and Instruction.  2:13-20. 2000

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2002 Bjork, L. G., Bell, R. J., & Gurley, D. K. (2002). Politics and the socialization of superintendents. In G. Perreault & F. C. Lunenburg (Eds.), The changing world of school administration (pp. 294-311). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow..  294-311. 2002

    Teaching Overview

  • I teach a variety of graduate-level courses in educational/school leadership. In my courses, I enjoy helping students explore the practice and power of leadership in organizations in general, and in schools specifically. Together we examine various approaches to and theories of leadership in order to develop a sense of our own individual leadership styles and skills and how best to apply those effectively in a school setting.
  • Teaching Activities

  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Leadership (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL606 - Supervision/ Ment Inst Staff (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL607 - Fld Exp in Super / Mentoring (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL603 - Data Driven Decision Making (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL604 - Fld Exp in Data Driven Dec (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Ledrshp (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL606 - Supervision/ Ment Inst Staff (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Ledrshp (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Ledrshp (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL603 - Data Driven Decision Making (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL604 - Fld Exp in Data Driven Dec (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Ledrshp (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL606 - Supervision/ Ment Inst Staff (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Ledrshp (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL606 - Supervision/ Ment Inst Staff (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL607 - Fld Exp in Super / Mentoring (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Ledrshp (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • EDF708 - Ethical Dilemmas in Educ Admin (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL603 - Data Driven Decision Making (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL604 - Fld Exp in Data Driven Dec (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL604 - Fld Exp in Data Driven Dec (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Ledrshp (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL608 - Org & Financial Mgt (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL608 - Org & Financial Mgt (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL609 - Fld Exp in Org & Finc Mgmt (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL609 - Fld Exp in Org & Finc Mgmt (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Ledrshp (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL603 - Data Driven Decision Making (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL603 - Data Driven Decision Making (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL603 - Data Driven Decision Making (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL604 - Fld Exp in Data Driven Dec (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL604 - Fld Exp in Data Driven Dec (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL604 - Fld Exp in Data Driven Dec (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL606 - Supervision/ Ment Inst Staff (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL606 - Supervision/ Ment Inst Staff (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL607 - Fld Exp in Super / Mentoring (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL607 - Fld Exp in Super / Mentoring (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Ledrshp (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL603 - Data Driven Decision Making (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL603 - Data Driven Decision Making (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL603 - Data Driven Decision Making (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL604 - Fld Exp in Data Driven Dec (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL604 - Fld Exp in Data Driven Dec (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL604 - Fld Exp in Data Driven Dec (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Ledrshp (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL606 - Supervision/ Ment Inst Staff (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL607 - Fld Exp in Super / Mentoring (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Ledrshp (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EDF708 - Ethical Dilemmas in Educ Admin (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL606 - Supervision/ Ment Inst Staff (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL606 - Supervision/ Ment Inst Staff (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL607 - Fld Exp in Super / Mentoring (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL607 - Fld Exp in Super / Mentoring (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL732 - Leadership of Special Prgrm (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL732 - Leadership of Special Prgrm (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL732 - Leadership of Special Prgrm (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL732L - Fld Exp Leadership Spl Prgm (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL732L - Fld Exp Leadership Spl Prgm (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL732L - Fld Exp Leadership Spl Prgm (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL601 - Foundations of Instr Ldrshp (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL602 - Fld Exp: Found of Inst Ldrshp (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL605 - Residency in Inst Ledrshp (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL727 - Leading the Adult Learn Comm (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL727L - Fld Exp for Leading the ALC (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EDL606 - Supervision/ Ment Inst Staff (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • EDL606 - Supervision/ Ment Inst Staff (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • EDL607 - Fld Exp in Super / Mentoring (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • EDL607 - Fld Exp in Super / Mentoring (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision, Wichita State University
  • Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision, Wichita State University
  • Full Name

  • Dennis Gurley
  • Blazerid

  • kgurley