Western Kentucky University

Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research - Gayle Ecton

Dr. Gayle Ecton

Dr. Gayle Ecton

Associate Professor

Office:  Gary A. Ransdell Hall - Room 3074
Phone:  270-745-4890
Email:  gayle.ecton@wku.edu

Degrees

  • ED.D. Administration and Supervision, University of Kentucky
  • M.A. Secondary Education, University of Kentucky
  • B.A. Secondary Education, University of Kentucky

Biography

Dr. Gayle W. Ecton is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research at Western Kentucky University teaching P-12 graduate courses for superintendent and other administrative certifications. He taught 12 years fulltime at WKU before moving to his present transitional (part-time) status in 2009. He served as Department Head from 2001-2004. Prior to coming to WKU, Dr. Ecton taught one year at Midway College. Over the past fourteen years, Dr. Ecton also served on numerous state level committees and task forces working on school leadership including serving as Co-Director for Kentucky’s State Action for Educational Leadership Project. He was also a member of the state committee that revised the principal preparation program. Dr. Ecton has 28 years experience in P-12 teaching and various administrative roles including 21 years as a school superintendent. He was selected as State Superintendent of the Year by several different organizations.

Courses Taught ( WKU Graduate Level)

  • EDAD 585 Fundamentals of School Administration
  • EDAD 588 School Business Management
  • EDAD 590 Administration of School Personnel
  • EDAD 596 Readings in Education
  • EDAD 597 Problems in School Administration
  • EDAD 598 Field Experience: Principal
  • EDAD 598 Field Experience: Superintendent
  • EDAD 696 Advanced Organizational Theory
  • EDAD 639 The Superintendency
  • EDAD 649 School System Administration
  • EDAD 659 Strategic Planning in Education
  • EDFN 570W Workshops in Education: Covey’s Seven Habits
  • EDFN 576 Issues and Trends in Education

Research Interests

Leadership, Systems Theory, Culture, Change

Selected Publications

Ecton, G. W., O’Phelan, M. H., & Norman, A. D. Three years of Graduation 2010: Evolution of an evaluation plan. Paper presented at Mid-South Educational Research Association meeting, November 2000. (ERIC Document #452 589)

Ecton, G. W., O’Phelan, M. H., & Norman, A. D. Evaluation of Graduation 2010: Lessons Learned. Paper presented at 2000 Children, Inc. Conference, March 2000. (ERIC Document #TM 033 476)

O’Phelan, M. H., Norman, A. D., & Ecton, G. W. Analysis of school culture audits and teacher impressions for year two: Graduation 2010. Paper presented at Mid-South Educational Research Association meeting, November 1999. (ERIC Document #441 280)

Awards

None at university level

Outside Interests

Traveling, sports, reading

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