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 have established partnerships with leadership organizations 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

Liz Holligworth (elect), University of Iowa,

Program Chairs

Nathan Schilling, Concordia Chicago

Meredith Mountford, (elect), Florida Atlantic University


Shawn Joseph, Howard University

Awards Chairs

William "Toby" Holmes, University of New Mexico

Sharon Ross (elect), Texas A&M Commerce,

Communications Officer

Sally Jarvis Lubbe

SIG 97 News

The Rural Superintendency: Realities, Challenges and Rewards


Shane Ogden, Superintendent of Park County School District #16 in rural Meeteetse Wyoming led the second installment of our Fireside Chat Series moderated by Dr. Barbara Hickman, coordinator for Educational Leadership at the University of Wyoming.

Hear Shane's presentation here 

The Fireside chats will continue in Fall of 2023! Watch this space for the announcement and details.



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 Superintendents and scholars who study this vital role in Education join our SIG. Our program at the AERA meeting in Chicago this past April featured 16 papers across two paper sessions, 1 roundtable and a poster session. 

Please contact any Board member listed for more information about how you can join SIG #97 as you renew your AERA membership. 

Check out our First Fireside Chat with Superintendent Dr. Tony Watlington of Philadelphia here. The passcode is Bp^Y$$4& .

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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