Program Governance

Governance Structure

The SFSU Doctorate in Educational Leadership is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of faculty, staff, and students. The program is staffed by the interim director, the interim associate director, the graduate coordinator, and the academic office coordinator, and is overseen by the deans of graduate studies and the Graduate College of Education.

Ed.D. Program Staff

Ed.D. Program Staff
Ed.D. Program Staff Email

Dr. Barbara Henderson, Director

Dr. Violet Ballard, Graduate Coordinator

Alesha Sohler, Program Analyst

Dr. Chris Collins, Academic Advisor
SF State Burk Hall Building

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee provides direct oversight of all aspects of the program including: recruitment, admissions, curriculum, assessment, and other academic and administrative issues. The Committee supports the director in the day-to-day academic administration of the Educational Leadership Program. It is comprised of a minimum of eight faculty members selected by the Governance Board and the Director. In addition, each year three student representatives are selected, one from each of the current cohorts.

Executive Committee
Executive Committee Email
Barbara Henderson
Violet Ballard
Rama Kased
Robert Bonner
Abul Pitre
Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui - on sabbatical
Omar Murillo
Jamal Cooks
Maria Zavala - spring 2024 only
Tachelle Herron Lane — 17th Cohort Representative  
Kathryn Lige — 17th Cohort Representative  
Sara Marcopulos — 16th Cohort Representative  
Maria Bastias — 15th Cohort Representative  
Allison Mok — 15th Cohort Representative  

Program Evaluations of the EdD in Educational Leadership

Our doctoral program is dedicated to engaging in continuous cycles of improvement. We conduct yearly assessments to refine our curriculum, pedagogy, and student support. Results of these program evaluations and subsequent action plans are available here for public view. Your feedback is invaluable, and we invite you to engage with our findings.

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