The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases is both a textbook and reference for practitioners. The content provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of the school district superintendent position and a blend of theory and practical knowledge pertaining to contemporary practice in this pivotal position. The reader is encouraged to engage in reflection by linking content with personal experiences. This objective is pursued by providing reflective summaries, pertinent questions, and case studies at the end of each chapter. This second edition continues to focus contextual variables influencing practice in an information-based and reform-minded society. Current reform strategies are identified and their effects on current and future role expectations for superintendents are discussed. Special attention is given to the emerging role of superintendent as communicator. The book also contains two other noteworthy features: balanced perspectives of the potential rewards and challenges commonly experienced by school superintendents and career development information.
The former topic includes both professional and personal issues; the latter encompasses career planning, application and interview processes, and quality of life considerations.
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Author Biography - Theodore J. Kowalski
Theodore J. Kowalski, Ph.D., is a former public school teacher, principal, associate superintendent, and superintendent. He has taught at Purdue University and served as professor and director of doctoral programs in educational administration at Saint Louis University. From 1981 to 2000, he was employed at Ball State University, where he was dean of the Teachers College. In 2000, he became the Kuntz Family Endowed Chair in Educational Administration at the University Dayton. Professor Kowalski is the author of over 180 professional publications, including 27 books. He is the editor of the Journal of School Public Relations, serves on the editorial boards Educational Administration Quarterly and the AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, and was editor of the 2001 Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Administrators for his research and books on school administration. He has extensive experience as a planning consultant, speaker, and workshop facilitator. In addition to the superintendency, his primary research interests include organizational behavior, school public relations, and decision theory.