Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educ Foundations & Leadership

Committee Director

Karen Sanzo

Committee Member

Steve Myran

Committee Member

Jonna Bobzien


Collaborative partnerships between school districts and universities focused on school leadership development are a part of a recent effort to provide the field of public education with leadership for the 21st century. The research clearly indicates that the demand for educational administrators far outweighs the number of available qualified candidates. This qualitative research proposal, influenced by the research tradition of phenomenology, was designed to examine an important but often overlooked component of the school district–university partnership process. The stakeholders, representatives from both the school district and the university involved in the partnership, are key to the successful development and implementation of these joint leadership development efforts. Their backgrounds, experiences, and support are important for the potential success and key relationships needed to create and sustain effective school district–university partnerships. It is their experience that this research proposal is designed to capture.