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

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

Nicole Williams, University of Findlay

Nathan Schilling, Concordia Chicago


Karen Ramlackhan University of South Florida

Awards Chairs

Lisa Foster, Liberty University

William "Toby" Holmes, University of New Mexico


SIG 97 News

Passing of Dr. James “Jim” Brandon

Sadly, our past chair, Dr. Jim Brandon, lost his battle with cancer on August 26th, 2021. A link to Jim’s obituary page is found at here. Jim served our SIG in many capacities over the years and has presented at many AERA annual meetings on behalf of our members. May he rest in peace.


In Memoriam


Call for Dissertation Award Submissions Link:

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