Dr. Bobbi Nicholson
Professor
Leadership Studies       

bnicholson@marshall.edu
 

Academic Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, 1987
Rhetorical Theory/Philosophy
Educational Administration
Ohio University

Master of Education, 1978
Communication Studies
West Virginia University

Bachelor of Arts, 1973
Education
Glenville State College

 

Professional Experience

Professor (2000 - Present)
Leadership Studies
Graduate School of Education and Professional Development
Marshall University, South Charleston, WV

Associate Professor (1996 - 1999)
Leadership Studies
Graduate School of Education and Professional Development
Marshall University, South Charleston, WV

Associate Professor (1993 - 1995)
Humanities
Graduate School of Education and Professional Development
Marshall University, South Charleston, WV

Continuing Education Director (1990-1993)
Satellite Network of West Virginia

Communications Director (1988-1990)
Governor's Office, Gaston W. Caperton
Charleston, WV

Assistant Professor/Honors Program Director (1979-1988)
Communications Studies
Glenville State College

Teacher (1973-1979)
English and Communication Studies
Gilmer County High School

 

Honors and Awards

Marshall University Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Member Award, 2003-04.

Invited Delegate (March 2004)
15th International Ethics and Leadership Conference
Exeter College, Oxford University
England

Invited Delegate (Nov. 2003)
American Educational Ambassadors Ministry of Education
Johannesburg, South Africa

Visiting Professor (July 2002)
University of Glasgow
Glasglow, Scotland

Invited Delegate (January 2002)
American Education Ambassadors
University of Beijing, China

Council for International Exchange of Educators Fellow (June 2001)
University of Ulster at Coleraine
Northern Ireland

Visiting Professor (May-June 2000)
Charles University
The Czech Republic

Council for International Exchange of Educators Fellow (1996)
St. Petersburg and Moscow Universities
Russia

Fulbright Fellow (1995)
Stockholm and Uppsala Universities
Sweden

Exchange Faculty (1994)
Universidade Federale do Espirito Santo
Brazil
 

Selected Publications


2010. Cocaine abuse among patients: A study at Charleston (WV) Area Medical Center. WV Journal of Medicine (August).

2009. An analysis of the effects of a technology program on students' academic performance: Are these Vygotsky's children? New York: Worldwide Workshop.

2009. The primary “R”: Relationships in small conversion schools. Charleston, WV: Edvantia/Columbus: KnowledgeWorks Foundation . (w/Trecia Peterson and Gina Taylor)

2008. Social (in)justice properties in merit-based aid. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 12(2), 145-149. (w/David Lawson and Darrel Taylor)

2008. Principals’ views on a multi-site technology project. New York: Worldwide Workshop. (w/ Bill Chapman)

2006. Changes in Comprehensive Assessment strategies in MA Programs. The Association for Institutional Research Journal. Tallahassee,  FL: Association for  Institutional Research. (With Leonard Deutsch.) Available http://www.airweb.org/page.asp?page=203
 
2006. Schooling Individualism: How Public Education Stifles Community and Starves Democracy. Proceedings of the First Annual 21st Century Conference on Children and the Future. Corpus Christi: Texas A&M University. In press.
 
2005. Professional Development for Principals in the Accountability Era: An Examination of Four States’ Professional Development Practices. Charleston, WV: EdVantia.
          
2004. Narrowing the Gaps, Broadening the Opportunities: A Framework for P-20 Education in West Virginia. Charleston, WV: Appalachian Educational Laboratory. (With Monica Garcia Brooks)
 
2004. E-Portfolios for Educational Leaders: A ISLLC-Based Framework for Self-Assessment, Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
           
2003. Course Folios: Preparing the Critically Reflective Practitioner One Class at a Time. Chapter in Adult Learning Methods, 2nd edition (Michael Galbraith, Ed.)
           
2003. Can't We Just Keep the Test? Self-Assessment and Student Accountability: Making the Transition. (Under review by Planning and Changing)

2003. Changes in Comprehensive Assessment Strategies in MA Programs (with Lenny Deutsch, under consideration by Educational Researcher).

2003. Mentoring the Preservice Principal: Preservice vs. Induction-Year Approaches. In preparation as report to DeWitt-Wallace Foundation re: grant received for academic year 2002-03, to be published as part of Ventures in Leadership grantees' collection.

2002. (June 7) 1st Amendment Does Not Support Students' Decision [re: prayer at high school graduation], Charleston Gazette.
           
2001. Appalachian principals assess the efficacy and appropriateness of their training. Planning and Changing: An Educational Leadership and Policy Journal 32(3&4): 199-213. Normal, IL: Illinois State University Press.

1999. (February) The Electronic Portfolio in Educational Leadership Programs, in Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (CD-ROM). Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

1998. Using Technology in Faculty Develoment: Practical Examples, in K. Gillespie (Ed.), The Impact of Technology on Faculty Development, Life, and Work. New Directions for Teaching and Learning #76. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

1998. Electronic emeriti: Possibilities for technologically enhanced mentoring. In Innovative Technology Projects in Higher Education, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

1997. Inconspicuous inequities: The myth of universal access. Technology and Teacher Education Annual, Vol. II. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Reprinted in Computers in the Social Sciences Journal at http://www.cssjournal.com/nicholso.html

1997. Technology can alleviate persistent social inequities. Charleston Gazette.

1997. Assessment rationale flawed. Charleston Gazette.

1996. Democratizing the arts: Elevated expectations ignore practical realities. RhetNet, 1:1 at
http://www.missouri.edu/~rhetnet/vrew/nicholson.html
   
1996. Liberal arts tradition and free thinking. Charleston Gazette.

1995. The 1994 mid-term election: Significant shift or temporary turmoil? Political Science Quarterly, 98:3, Lund University, Sweden.

1994. Redesigning the Field Experience: Classroom Observation by Satellite Helps Isolated Campuses Meet NCATE's Practice Standard for Cultural Diversity. In Meeting the Challenge of Cultural Diversity in Teacher Preparation. Hayward, CA: California State University, Hayward. (Co-authored with Joseph Badgely).
 

 Conference Presentations
2009. Leadership in school conversions: Perceptions of principals whose schools were converted to smaller learning communities. Presentation to the annual meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. San Antonio, TX: August 4-8 (w/Trecia Peterson and Gina Taylor).

2009. Perspectives on technology integration of the Globaloria’s “MyGLife” program. Paper presented to the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration. Charleston, WV: October 23-26. (w/Bill Chapman)

2008. Preparing for NCATE: The use of ELCC standards in program assessment. Paper presented to the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration. Charleston, WV: October 23-26. (w/ Ron Childress)

2008. 21st century school leadership: 1984 or Brave New World? Paper presented to the WV Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Bridgeport, WV, November 20. (w/Mike Cunningham)

2008. Perfect allies: How we learned to stop worrying and love Ayn Rand. Paper presented to the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration. Charleston, WV: October 23-26. (w/Jeff Green)

2007. Recognition is not realization: Tipping the scales in favor of social justice in pre-service programs. Paper presented to the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Chicago, July 31-August 3. (w/Joy Cline)

2007. Re-Imagining equity: The exclusionary properties of merit-based aid. Paper presented to the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration. Kansas City, November 1-4. (w/Becky Calwell)


2006. Productive Reform or Pointless Routine? The Effects of ‘Reading First’ in Rural Schools. Paper presentation to the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration. Jacksonville, FL. November 4. (With Bill Chapman and Lesa Hines)

2006. Professional Development for School Leaders in the Accountability Era:Assessing the Needs of First-Year Principals. Paper presentation to the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Lexington, KY. August 5. (With Lisa Beck and Trecia Peterson).
 
2005. Public Education and Civic Responsibility. Paper presentation to the First International Conference on Children and the Future. Corpus Christi, TX. July 18.

2004. No Longer Steering From a Distance: Teachers' Experiences in a School Taken Over by the State. Paper presentation to the American Educational Studies Association. Kansas City, MO. November 6.

2003. Misguided Assumptions, Misplaced Trust, Missed Opportunities: The Story of a School Takeover That Failed Everyone. Paper presentation to the annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, Mexico City, Mexico. November 5.
                   
2003. Mentoring the Preservice Principal: Sharing the Responsibility for Leadership Preparation. Paper presentation to annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 22.
           
2002. Beyond Jefferson: Making the Case for Federal Funding of Public Education. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA. October 31.
           
2002. The PROMISE Scholarship: Myth, Ideology and the Rhetoric of Meritocracy. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA. November 1. (With doctoral student, Tammy Johnson; under review, Educational Studies)

2002. Still Shedding Their Rights at the Schoolhouse Gate: Student Dissension in an Environment of Fear. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA. November 2. (With doctoral student, Drew Ciccarello, under review, Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly).

2002. Responding to the Charge of Irrelevance: Reforming the Field Dimensions of Leadership Preparation. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. April 4.

2001. Can't We Just Keep the Test? Self-assessment and Student Accountability. Annual meeting of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, Jacksonville, FL. November 6-9.

2001. Rubric's Cube: Resisting Standardization, Reliability and Validity in the Development of Assessment Rubrics. Annual meeting of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, Jacksonville, FL. November 6-9.

2001. The Electronic Portfolio as an Alternative Assessment Model for Graduate Education. Annual Meeting of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, North Central Association, Chicago, IL. April 1-3.

2000. A Study of the Satisfaction of Principals With Preservice Preparation. Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration, Nashville, TN. November 11-13. (With Dr. Paul Leary)

2000. Congruence of Accreditation Standards in Portfolio Assessment for Educational Leadership Programs. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. April 24-28.

2000. Standards-based Assessment in Portfolio Projects. Presentation to the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, San Antonio, TX. February 4-8.

1999. Portfolio Assessment in Educational Leadership Programs. Presentation to the fall meeting of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, Alexandria, VA. November 12-14.

1999. Portfolio assessment in educational leadership programs. Society for the Integration of Technology in Education, San Antonio, TX. February 3-7.

1998. Alternative assessment partnerships with public schools. Coalition of Essential Schools Annual Forum, Kansas City, MO. November.

1998. Feminine Leadership Style and the Modern Organization. Workshop for Columbia Natural Resources’ management team, Charleston, WV. April.

1997. Mentoring and the emeriti: An unmet need meets an untapped resource. National Communication Association, Chicago, IL. November 3-7.

1997. The online environment and the adult student. National University Telecommunications Association, Denver, CO. July.

1996. The academy and the new frontier: Marketing myth or digital deliverance? Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, Raleigh, NC. October.

1996. Gender, Access and Technology: Women and the Information Revolution. Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, North Carolina State University. October.

1995. West Virginia's technological alliance: Establishing consensus in distance education programs. Canadian Association of Distance Education, Ottawa, Canada. May.
          
1995. Feminine Rhetorical Styles and American Politics. Seminar to Swedish Consortium for Advancement of the Social Sciences, University of Stockholm. March.

1992. West Virginia's Technological Alliance: Establishing Consensus in the Selection of Distance Education Programs. Paper presented to the Canadian Association for Distance Education. Ottawa, Canada. May.

 

Research Interests

Alternative assessment; equity funding; democratic schools/social justice; feminist theory; education reform and policymaking; postmodern theory; critical pedagogy; conflict theory

 

 

Consulting/Evaluation

21st Century Leadership Institute (WV Department of Education)

Center for Professional Development Principals’ Leadership Academy

Globaloria “My GLife” project (Worldwide Workshop Foundation, New York)

Ohio High School Transformation Initiative (Edvantia)

2006. Evaluator, PROMISE Scholarship

2006. Evaluator, WV Center for Professional Development Leadership Academy

2006 -07. Evaluator, WV Department of Education 21st Century Leadership Institute

2006-07. Evaluator, Grant Applications and Implementation, Kanawha County Schools

2005. New Jersey Educational Administration Assessment Working Group

2005. Texas Lighthouse Schools Project

 

Service Related Activites

University Service

Advisory Board, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia

Distinguished Artists and Scholars Committee

Research and Creative Activities Council

MU Research and Creative Activities Council

MU Graduate Council

Member, ad hoc committee to revise Faculty Senate Constitution
Chairperson, 1999 - 2001
Member, 1997-1999

MU Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award Committee, 1999-2004

MUGC/WVGC Faculty Council

Chairperson, Academic Affairs Committee, 1995-1997

President, Full Council, 1997-1999

Ex Officio Member as Past President, 1999-2001

 

College Service

NCATE Steering Committee member, 2002-04

NCATE Diversity Committee member, 2002-04

Panel Member and Facilitator, WebCT Conference, 2000

MUGC representative to SatNet and HEITV Consortia, 1994-2002

 

Division/Program Service

Chairperson, Committee to develop writing sample and rubric for doctoral applicants,

2004 Member, committee to redesign research component of Ed.D. program,

2002 Member, committee to revise Ed.S. program,

2002-3 Leadership Studies Program Search Committee, 2000; 2002; 2004

Chairperson, 2003 Design and implementation of portfolio assessment project for MA in Leadership Studies,

1999 North Central Association Evaluation Committee

Chairperson, NCA Criterion Three, 1996-1997

 

Community Service

Edvantia Research Institutional Review Board

WV Center for Professional Development Advisory Committee

WV Arts Advocacy Council

Kanawha County Schools Redistricting Task Force

Voices mentor (AEL mentoring program for middle school girls)

WV Read Aloud, Tiskelwah and Staunton Elementary Schools

High Schools That Work site evaluation team

Kanawha County Schools Social Studies Fair Judge

Kanawha County Schools Literature Fair Judge

WV Department of Education State Social Studies Fair Judge
 

 

Other Areas of Service

National Council of Professors of Educational Administration
American Educational Research Association
         Reviewer, proposals for 2002, 2003, 2004 annual meetings
American Educational Studies Association
Fulbright Association
National Society for the Study of Education
Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration
Women in Higher Education

 


Last updated July 9, 2010