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Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research - Christopher Wagner

Dr Christopher Wagner

Dr Christopher Wagner


Office:  Gary A. Ransdell Hall - Room 3074
Phone:  270-745-4890


BA – Augsburg College, MA – Michigan State University, Ph.D. – University of Minnesota


Dr. Christopher Wagner has been a professor in the department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research since 1992. While at Western, Wagner has served as the department/unit coordinator, director of the Center for Excellence for School Reform, director of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Project, director of the Teacher Bridge Program, director of the Minority Leadership Project, director of the Regional Principals’ Networking Project, Coordinator of the WKU/UofL Cooperative Doctoral Program and director (interim) of the WKU Doctoral Program. Prior to coming to WKU, Wagner was a public school teacher, 7-years; secondary principal, 16-years; school district administrator, 3-years; teaching fellow (University of Minnesota Duluth). 2-years in Minnesota. Wagner served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) (1982-1990), president of MASSP (1988-1989), vice president, National School Improvement Project (1990-2011) and president of the Center for Improving School Culture ( Wagner has served as a dissertation chair or co-chair on 28 doctoral committees and as a committee member on 19 dissertation committees.

Courses Taught:

  • EDAD 581 Organization and Administration of Occupational Education
  • EDAD 548 Research in Curriculum and Instruction EDAD 585 Fundamentals of School Administration
  • EDAD 586 Creating a High Performance Learning Culture
  • EDAD 590 Administration of School Personnel
  • EDAD 597 Individual Problems in Educational Administration
  • EDAD 598 Field-Based Experience in Educational Administration
  • EDAD 682 School Community Relations
  • EDAD 688 Planning for School Improvement EDAD 690 Instructional Leader – Principal All - Grades
  • EDAD 691 Elementary Principalship
  • EDAD 692 Middle Principalship
  • EDAD 693 High School Principalship
  • EDAD 694 Seminar in Educational Administration
  • EDAD 699 Specialist Project
  • EDAD 798 Internship in Educational Administration
  • EDAD 799 Dissertation Research
  • EDFN 576 Issues and Trends in
  • EDLD 700 Doctorial Orientation
  • EDLD 710 Leadership and Ethics

Research Interests:

Leadership, teacher induction and mentoring programs, school culture, staff supervision and evaluation.

Selected Publications:

Wagner, C. 1992. “A graduate induction program: Collaboration for instructional leadership.” Wisconsin ASCD Journal, Vol. IV, Number 2, WASCD Publications, Madison, WI. Masden, P., Simms, S., Williams, A., Wagner, C., and Fiene, J. 2001. “Build your own administrators: Suggestions for rural districts in need of leaders.” Tennessee Educational Leadership, Vol. XXVIII, Number 1, Tennessee Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Crews Printing Co., Mt. Pleasant, TN.

Phillips, G., Wagner, C. 2001. “Teachers Who Heal (and Those Who Don’t).” Brain Compatible Learning Networker, Vol. 13, Number 2, Center for the Advancement of Reform in Education, Rockhurst College, Kansas City, MO.

Wagner, C., Masden-Copas, P. 2002. “An audit of the culture starts with two handy tools.” Journal of Staff Development, Vol. 23, Number 3, National Staff development Council. Oxford, OH. Phillips, G., Wagner, C. 2003. “Assessing school culture.” Agent 5 Design, Mitchell Press, Vancouver, BC, Canada. (206 pages)

Wagner, C. 2004 – 2005. “Leadership for an improved school culture.” Kentucky School Leader, Winter Issue, Kentucky Association of School Administrators, Frankfort, KY.

Wagner, C. 2006. A school leader’s tool for assessing and improving school culture. Principal Leadership, December, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.

Wagner, C. 2007. Assessing and improving your school’s culture. HaYidion, American Jewish Schools, New York, NY.


The Kentucky Association of School Administrators Educational Leadership Award.

Outside interest:

Hiking, boating, camping, Lady Toppers Basketball.

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