PULLMAN, Wash.—The Washington State University College of Education has been chosen to host the prestigious Journal of Research on Leadership Education starting this fall.

 “This is a strong vote of confidence for our educational leadership program, which is known for its principal and superintendent certification programs and doctor of education degree,” said A.G. Rud, dean of the college. “It offers us an opportunity to influence education policy and practice at a time of enormous challenges to school leaders, including shrinking state support and pressure to document student success.”


The educational leadership program has faculty on WSU campuses in Pullman, Spokane, the Tri-Cities and Vancouver. The journal editors will be Associate Professor Michele Acker-Hocevar in the Tri-Cities and Professor Gail Furman in Spokane.

The Journal of Research on Leadership Education is an open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic journal. It is one of several publications sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration, a consortium of higher education institutions that prepare educational leaders.

“Gail and I will have seats at the table with editors of the leading journals in our field,” said Acker-Hocevar.  “Our faculty will have access to fresh ideas and approaches that can potentially make our good programs even better.”
The College of Education will host the publication for at least four years. Its contributions as host include releasing one editor per semester from her teaching responsibility for one course, and hiring a graduate student to serve as managing editor. Associate editors will be Professor Gordon Gates, Spokane, and Assistant Professor Kristin Huggins, Vancouver.

The WSU faculty undoubtedly faced stiff competition from other research universities that applied to edit the journal, Furman said.

“It would never have happened without the support of our program colleagues, Dean Rud, department chair Kelly Ward, and our campus academic directors: Joan Kingrey in Spokane, Liza Nagel in the Tri-Cities, and June Canty in Vancouver.”