Research on the Superintendency SIG 97
Research on the Superintendency SIG 97
SIG Purpose
The purpose of the Research on the Superintendency SIG is to create a community of researchers and practitioners interested in developing knowledge about the superintendent. Our interests encompass an array of policy, practice, and research issues related to long-term school reform. 
Message from the Chair

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Welcome to our SIG! Research on the Superintendency and all that role encompasses is the focus of our dedicated membership who seek to study, promote and advocate for this critical leadership role in our PK-12 education system. In addition to members of the academy, our SIG is pleased to include serving Superintendents, school leaders and retired leaders who believe in giving back to their profession. Student members are both welcomed and encouraged to share their work with us through the paper, roundtable and poster sessions of AERA, and hopefully have your dissertation considered for our Dissertation Award. Our executive are actively seeking future partnerships that will result in research of importance to practicing leaders and that informs continuous improvement in the Superintendency globally. We would love for you to join us!

Randy Hetherington – Chair SIG 97

Who We Are

Profile of Research on the Superintendency SIG #97 Members
SIG Officers


Randy Hetherington,  University of Portland

Program Chairs

Nathan Schilling, Concordia Chicago


Karen Ramlackhan University of South Florida

Shawn Joseph (elect) Howard University

Awards Chairs

William "Toby" Holmes, University of New Mexico


SIG 97 News

Transitioning to the Urban Superintendency November 2022

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Following an introduction from AERA President Dr. Richard Milner, SIG members and practitioners from across the country were privileged to hear Dr. Tony Watlington, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, share pearls of wisdom on how to successful transition into the urban Superintendency and  build effective relationships with the many stakeholders. This is the first of our Fireside Chat Series and the second installment focusing on rural Superintendencies is coming early in the New Year! Special thanks to Dr. Maria Ott, holder of the Irving R. and Virginia A. Melbo Chair in Education Administration at the USC Rossier School of Education, for serving as our expert moderator! For details about the fireside chat series, contact any of our Board members.


Membership drive is on!

Calling Practitioners and Scholars!!!

To ensure our SIG can continue to serve the Superintendency by addressing topics relevant issues and providing research support, is to have the voices of Superintendents and scholars who study this vital role in Education on our team. Please contact any Board member listed for more information about how you can help make a difference in these challenging times.  Recent works by one of our members is found here and an article for a professional journal about our SIG  here

The Superintendency and the students it serves deserve the support of the research community. Join us and help make a positive difference for kids!

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