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, the superintendency, and school district governance. 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

December 7th FiresideWomen in the Superintendency


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On Dec 7th Dr. LaTonya Goffney and Dr. LeAnne Salazar-Montoya shared with a nationwide audience the challenges, barriers and opportunities ahead, and strategies they have used to be successful in the role of Superintendent.  The discussion was moderated by Dr. Sharon Ross who prompted our panelists to provide their advice on a wide range of issues, particularly those facing Women in the Superintendency. Here what these amazing leaders had to say!

The Fireside Chat link

Passcode: AGPT7=2b

Stay tuned for the third in our Fireside series early in 2024!

Deputy Superintendent Fireside



 Many thanks to Dr. Gabriella Blakey and Dr. Kym LeBlanc-Esparza for a wonderful Fall Fireside looking at the Deputy Superintendency and specifically women serving in this vital leadership role. Chaired by SIG director Dr. Toby Holmes with Superintendent and SIG program chair Dr. Nathan Schilling as the discussant, Dr.'s Blakey and LeBlanc-Esparza kicked off our 2023-24 focus on Women in the Superintendency. Check out their words of words of wisdom here.

Membership drive is on!

Calling Practitioners Grad Students and Scholars!!!

Our SIG serves the Superintendency by addressing relevant issues and providing research to support practitioners in the field of school district leadership.  Superintendents and scholars who study this vital role in Education are crucial to our success so please join our SIG right away! 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. 

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

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 

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



Call for Dissertation Award Submissions Link:

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