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Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research

Dr. Tom Stewart

Dr. Tom Stewart
- Associate Professor


B.A., English literature, Western Kentucky University, 1990

M.A.E., Middle grades education with an English emphasis, Western Kentucky University, 1998

Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Western Kentucky University, 2011


Tom Stewart is a former English/language arts teacher (at the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels), Education Recovery Leader for the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky school district administrator, and university professor for Austin Peay State University. He joined the WKU faculty in 2015.

Courses Taught:

EDAD 640 (Introduction to School Leadership)

EDAD 641 (Building Culture and Community)

EDAD 684 (Instructional Leadership)

EDAD 686 (Principles of Supervision)

EDAD 694 (Seminar in Education Administration)

Research Interests:

Dr. Stewart's research interests include studying effects of contemplative leadership and mindfulness in schools and classrooms; employing the Enneagram to improve communication, school culture, and build higher-performing school leadership teams; more effective classroom and school-level formative assessment and standards-based grading.

Selected Publications:

Stewart, T.A. (2014). Reflecting on Thomas Merton's "In Silence." In Integrator, S., & Scribner, M. (Eds.), Teaching with heart: Poetry that speaks to the courage to teach. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Stewart, T.A., & Houchens, G.W. (2014) Deep impact: How a job-embedded formative assessment professional development model affected teacher practice. Qualitative Research in Education, 3(1), 51-82.

Stewart, T.A., & Houchens, G.W. (2013, January). That's me: Using Ennea-type profiles to enhance school leader effectiveness. Nine Points Magazine.

Stewart, T.A. (2012, January). Utilizing the Enneagram to differentiate classroom instruction. Nine Points Magazine. 


Professor of the Semester, Fall 2013. Awarded by the Student Tennessee Education Association, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN.

Outside Interests:

Reading, hiking, music.

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