Editorial Board


Dr. Jim Palermo, Assistant Professor of Education, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC.

Jim has served as a public school teacher, assistant principal, and principal of an award-winning school in Wake County, NC. His expertise includes professional learning program development, Quality Schools, and qualitative research methodology.

Managing Editor

Dr. Jennifer Putnam, Assistant Professor of Education, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC.

Jennifer has served as a public school teacher, an Instructional Coach, and Science Content Coordinator. Her expertise includes curriculum & instruction, teacher leadership, professional learning, online education, adult learning, and qualitative research.

Founding Editor

Dr. Steven Bingham, Professor of Education, High Point University, High Point, NC

Steve has served as a senior leader in public school and not-for-profit organizations, including the federal educational research and development laboratory for the southeastern United States. His expertise includes program evaluation and mixed-methods research, particularly in leadership development.

Members of the Editorial Board

Dr. Shirley Arrington, Executive Director Emeritus, Model Teacher Education Consortium, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Durham, NC

Shirley has served as public school teacher and principal, leadership program developer and facilitator, and administrator of a teacher professional development program. Her expertise includes teacher and principal development and qualitative research.

Dr. Christopher Boe, Dean of Division of Education, Pfieffer University, Charlotte, NC

Chris has served as public school educator and professor of education. His expertise includes adult learning theory, technology in learning, institutional accreditation, and qualitative research.

Dr. Paula Egelson, Director of Research, SREB, Atlanta, GA

Paula has served as a public educator, regional education R&D laboratory program director, director of a university-district partnership, and director of research in a research and policy think tank. Her expertise includes school improvement, professional learning, community organization, and qualitative research.

Dr. Ronny Green, Professor of Education, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

Ronny has served as public school counselor, principal, senior research associate at an educational R&D laboratory, leadership program developer, and professor of education. His expertise includes teacher and principal leadership development and quantitative research.

Dr. MJ Hall, Consultant to High Point University, High Point, NC and Virtual Learning Facilitator at American Society of Training and Development, Durham, NC

MJ has served as public school teacher, corporate education program developer and facilitator, and leadership program developer and facilitator. Her expertise includes online collaboration, human performance improvement, leadership coaching, organizational development, and qualitative research.

Dr. Lois M. Hart, Assistant Professor of Education at North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC

Lois currently serves as a principal coach for Durham (NC) Public Schools in addition to her post in higher education. Lois has also served as principal in North Carolina’s largest school district. Her expertise includes leading and teaching at both the elementary and middle grades level and quantitative research methodology.

Dr. Barbara Howard, Associate Professor of Education, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Barbara has served public school teacher and principal, senior research associate at a regional education R&D laboratory, district director of professional development, and professor of education. Her expertise includes teacher leadership, professional development, personnel evaluation, and quantitative research.

Dr. Pascal Mubenga, Superintendent, Durham Public (NC) Schools

Pascal has served as classroom teacher, adjunct professor, administrator at middle and high school levels, and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction consultant. He currently serves as superintendent of Durham County Schools. Pascal's expertise includes strategic planning, motivating teamwork, and data-driven decision making.​

Dr. Kathy Nobles, Educational Consultant, Bristol, FL

Kathy has served as a public school teacher, media specialist, principal, district director of administration, consultant at an educational consortium, regional data coach, and state data captain. Her expertise includes teacher and principal leadership development, utilizing data to impact student achievement, and school improvement.

Dr. Peggy Smith, M.S.A. Program Coordinator, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC

Peggy has been a public school teacher, PK-12 public and private school administrator and now school board member. Her experience includes human resources, systems administration, professional development with emphasis on rigor, relevance and relationships, and qualitative research. psmith@campbell.edu

Dr. James Van Haneghan, Professor of Professional Studies, College of Education, University of South Alabama

James has been engaged in teaching, research, and evaluation for almost 30 years He has taught research methods, statistics, evaluation, assessment, learning, and human development at the graduate and undergraduate level. He served for 10 years as director of Assessment and Evaluation in the College of Education at the University of South Alabama. He has done research and evaluation work in the STEM areas, has been involved in evaluation of school improvement programs, and has written on assessment and organizational evaluation.

Dr. Lynn Williams, Educational Consultant, Cary, NC

Lynn has served as a public school teacher, counselor, central office coordinator, school administrator and professor of education. Her expertise includes principal leadership development, leadership coaching, organizational development, adult learning, facilitating training for conflict resolution and qualitative research.

Dr. Douglas G. Wren, Educational Measurement/Assessment Specialist, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, VA and Assistant Adjunct Professor, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Doug has served as a teacher, research specialist, and director of research & evaluation in two large public school districts in the southeastern United States. He is currently president-elect of the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE). His expertise includes performance assessment, children’s test anxiety, test development, and quantitative research.

Advisory Board

Members of the Advisory Board

Dr. John D. Balls is a former executive of a Fortune 100 company and a retired educator. Currently, he is the director of the Center for Innovative Leadership Development and the coordinator of the Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership at Gardner-Webb University.

Dr. Bruce Boyles has served as Associate Professor in the GWU School of Education since 2014. Bruce earned his Ed.D. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Ed.S. at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He served 14 years as a superintendent in two school NC school districts.

Dr. Kathi Harrington Gibson has served in public education over three decades, as teacher, assistant principal, principal, supervisor, director, assistant and associate superintendent, and superintendent in two NC school systems. Kathi works as a district Curriculum and Instruction Coach and as adjunct professor at Gardner-Webb University..

Dr. Jeff Hamilton is the Director of Assessment and Assistant Professor in the Gardner-Webb University School of Education. His areas of interest include organizational leadership, systems theory, assessment, and school-based leadership.

Dr. John McHugh is Dean of the Lincoln (NC) Campus for Gaston College. John is a former student of Gardner-Webb University, obtaining both his Masters and Doctorate from GWU. John also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Master of Executive Leadership program at GWU.

Dr. Mark Robertson has been Adjunct Professor at GWU since 2009. He retired from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Schools after 30 years’ service as a school psychologist, assistant principal and principal at the elementary and middle school levels. He has presented at the University Council on Educational Administration in 2005 and published “Why Novice Teachers Leave” in Principal Leadership in 2006.