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Name: Michael Cunningham
Title: Professor, Program Director - Leadership Studies
Office: Graduate School of Education & Professional Development
Phone: 304-746-1912
Expert: leadership, school administration, middle chidhood education, web-based instruction

Research Based:
WVNET Conference, Morgantown, WV, “Instructional Strategies for Facilitating Online Student Participation – Best Practices”, (2003).

Almost Heaven III Web Ed Conference, “Ask the Experts”. Panel Presentation, (2003).

National Council for Professors of Educational Administration Conference, Burlington, Vermont, “Educational Leadership Programs: Escaping from “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” (2002).

Southern Regional Conference of Education Administration, Kansas City, MO, “The Changing Face of Teacher Education: Technology’s Impact on Teaching and Learning, (2002).

West Virginia Association of School Administrators’ State Conference, Snowshoe, WV, “Five Critical Attributes of Leading Edge Districts” (2002).

The rhetoric and reality of change. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education – Ed-Media 2001 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Tampere, Finland (2001)

Using the bulletin board forum feature to facilitate group work in the WebCT Environment, Almost Heaven II WebCT Conference, Marshall University, South Charleston, WV (2001)

That’s not the way we have always done it. Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration Annual Conference, Nashville, TN

Moving toward a web-based instructional delivery model for graduate education: A case study. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education – WebNet 2000 World Conference, San Antonio, TX (2000)

Faculty mentoring: How to develop a successful WebCT monitoring program. International WebCT Conference, Athens, GA (2000)

Training student WebCT users. International WebCT Conference, Athens, GA. (2000)

Changing attitudes and behaviors: A model for broad-based implementation of WebCT-based delivery of instruction. (2000)

School of hard knocks. WV Association for Middle Level Education Conference, Snowshoe, WV (1999)

Flexible block scheduling. WV Association of Middle Level Education Conference, Snowshoe, WV. (1999)

School leadership development: A cooperative venture. Center for the Study of Small/Rural Schools, Creating the Quality School Conference, Memphis, TN (1999)

The role of the assistant principal in a school leadership team. WV Secondary Assistant Principal’s Conference, Martinsburg, WV (1997)

The importance of North Central accreditation. Joint Principals Conference, Morgantown, WV. (1996)
Goodwin R., Cunningham, M., & Childress, R.B. The Changing Role of theSecondary Principal, NASSP Bulletin, Vol. 67, No. 634, March, 2003.

Jones, J.D., Goodwin, R., & Cunningham, M., Leadership for Learning: A Study of Successful School Systems, The Journal of School Improvement

(PR)Eagle, T. , & Cunningham, M., Preparing Future Principals Using the Internet: The Effective Use of Distance Education in Rural Environs,Southern Regional Council on Education Administration Journal2001 Yearbook Improvement (Accepted & Awaiting Publication.)

Cunningham, M., Eagle, T., Farrow, B. ,The Rhetoric and Reality of Change, Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education - Ed-Media 2001 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications

Cunningham, M. Group Work via the Bulletin Board Feature of WebCT, The Gallery of Courses taught with Technology: Journal of Computer Enhanced Learning

Cunningham, M., Pauley, R., Eagle, T. ,Implementing a Web-Based Delivery Model for a Principalship Preparation Program, Southern Regional Council on Education Administration Journal 1999 Yearbook

Pauley, R., Toth, P. & Cunningham, M.,Doctoral Student Attrition and Retention: a Study of a Non-traditional Ed.d. Program, Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice , Volume 1(3) 225-238, 1999

McCall, L. , Cunningham, M. & Leary, P., A Recorded Tape Analysis of the Types and Frequencies of Decisions Made by West Virginia School Boards from August 1990 to August 1995, National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal -Electronic, VOLUME 15E, NO. 4, 1998

Cunningham, M., Childress, R.B.,& Ranson, J.T. A Study of the Relationship Between School and District office Linkage and the Implementation of Middle Level Practices, National Forum of Applied Educational Research-Electronic, Volume 10-E No. 3, 1997-98

Professional/Community Based Service:
2003 West Virginia School Boards Assc. Legislation Implementation Cmte.
Consultant on Middle School Practices and Administration
2003 Andrew Jackson Middle School, Kanawha County, WV ol
2000 Kanawha County, WV Schools
1999 Kanawha County, WV Schools
1998 Kanawha County, WV Schools
1997 Kanawha County, WV Schools
1997 Preston County, WV Schools
1997 Blennerhasset Junior High, Wood County, WV School
1996 Lincoln County, WV Schools
1996 Kanawha County, WV Schools
1996 Montgomery, WV Middle School
1996 McDowell County, WV Schools
1995 Mineral County, WV Schools
1995 Mason County, WV Schools
1994 Crum, WV Middle School
1993 Summers County, WV Schools
1993 Clay County, WV Middle School
Consultant on Special Education
1997 WVDE – Committee on Implementation of 1997 Federal IDEA
1996 Summers County, WV Schools
1996 McDowell County, WV Schools
1994 WV Association for the Developmentally Disabled
1994 Clay County, WV Schools
1993 Wood County, WV Schools

Facilitator – WV School Board Association/School Board Effectiveness Program
1996 Nicholas County, WV School Board
1996 Pocahontas County, WV School Board
Kanawha County School’s Leadership Academy, Member, 1994-Present
WV/Kanawha County School’s Administrator Mentor Program, 1995:
Mentor Principal for two administrators
Kanawha County Schools Professional Development Council – Higher
Education Representative, 1996-Present

Ashland Graduate Advising Award
2003 Ashland Graduate Advising Award
Middle Level Education
1998 West Virginia Association for Middle Level Education Award for Outstanding Service to Middle Childhood Education
Principal of the Year
1997 WV Secondary School Principal of the Year

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