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George J. Petersen, Ph.D.

Professor and Dean, Graduate School of Education

Email: gjpeters@callutheran.edu
Phone: (805) 493-3419
Office: SBET

Profile

Dr. George J. Petersen has been a public school teacher, administrator and university faculty member. Currently, he is Dean and Professor in the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University. Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor of Educational Leadership,  Chair of the Department of Graduate Studies at the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and Co-Director of the University of California Santa Barbara and Cal Poly Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Petersen is the author or co-author of three books and over 100 book chapters, professional articles, research papers, monographs and commissioned reports. Much of Dr. Petersen's scholarly work has focused on the executive leadership of district superintendents, their beliefs, roles, and work in the area of instructional leadership and policy. Dr. Petersen's work has been widely published and is internationally recognized for its quality and impact.

In recognition of his scholarship and service to the field, he was the winner of the University of California Santa Barbara's Gevirtz School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008. As a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Columbia, he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award every year from 1998 to 2004. From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Petersen was a finalist for both the Outstanding Teaching and Distinguished Scholarship Awards at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. As a public school teacher he was the recipient of the Sallie Mae Outstanding Teaching Award in 1987. The Sallie Mae Award is a national award given to the top 100 teachers in the United States.

Dr. Petersen earned his M.A and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Organizations and Policy from the University of California Santa Barbara. He has held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Evansville, Indiana, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. From 2000-2004, he also served as the Associate Director of University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

 

Education

Ph.D.  University of California, Santa Barbara 

             Field: Educational Policy, Organizations, and Leadership Studies

M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara

             Field: Educational Policy, Organizations, and Leadership Studies

B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara

              Major: Cultural Anthropology

B.A. Pontifica Studiorum Universitas A.S. Thoma AQ. In Urbe (Cum Laude) Rome, Italy

               Major: Philosophy

 

 

 

 

Expertise

  • Superintendent/School Board Relations
  • Professional Development for Executive School Leaders
  • Organizational Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Lego Serios Play (Individual and Team Leadership Workshops for Organizational Development)

Publications


BOOKS

Kowalski, T. J., McCord, R., Petersen, G. J., Young, I. P., & Ellerson, N. (2011). The American Superintendency: 2010 Decennial Study. Rowan and Littlefield Education Publishers. Lanham, MD.

Kowalski, T. J., Petersen, G. J., & Fusarelli, L. D. (2007). Effective communication for administrators: A necessity in an information age. Rowan and Littlefield Education Publishers. Lanham, MD.

Petersen, G. J., & Fusarelli, L. (Eds.). (2005). The politics of leadership: Superintendents and school boards in changing times. Information Age Publishing (IAP) Greenwich, CT.

BOOK CHAPTERS & MONOGRAPHS

Kelly, V., & Petersen, G. J. (2011). Superintendent Leadership as a catalyst for organizational learning: Implications for closing the achievement gap. In Alford, B. (Ed.). National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) 2011 Yearbook.

Petersen, G. J. (2011). Superintendent leadership. In Conley, S. and Cooper, B. (Eds.). Finding, Preparing, and Supporting School Leaders: Critical Issues, Useful Solutions Leaders. (p137-154). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Petersen, G. J. (Fall, 2010). When choosing a major professor, go slow to go fast. In Calabrese, R. L. and Smith, P. (Eds). The Dissertation Advisor & Mentor: Sage Advice for Doctoral Students. (p 98-103). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Petersen, G. J., & Dlugosh, L. (2008). How NCLB has affected the practice of school district superintendents. In T. J. Kowalski and T. J. Lasley (Eds.) Handbook of Data-Based Decision-Making for Education. (p. 455-470). London. Taylor and Francis Publishers.

Petersen, G. J., & Fusarelli, L. D. (2008). Systemic leadership amidst turbulence: Superintendent-school board relations under pressure. In T. Alsbury (Ed.) The Future of School Board Governance: Relevancy and Revelation. (p. 115-136). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Petersen, G. J. (2008). National collegiate athletic association (NCAA). In C. Russo (Ed.). Sage Encyclopedia of Education Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Petersen, G. J. (2008). High school athletic associations. In C. Russo (Ed.). Sage Encyclopedia of Education Law. (p. 432-434). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Donaldson, J., & Petersen, G. J. (2007). Cohort doctoral preparation programs: Neo-Institutional perspectives. In C A. Mullen, T. Creighton, F. L. Dembowski, and S. Harris (Eds.) The Handbook of Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership: Issues and Challenges. (p. 4-21). Rice University: NCPEA Press. University Press.

Petersen, G. J. (2006). Adaptiveness of organizations. In F. English (Ed.). Sage Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership: Volume I.(p.21-22). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Petersen, G. J., & Barnett, B. G. (2005). The superintendent as instructional leader: Current practice, future conceptualizations and implications for preparation. In L. G. Björk & T. J. Kowalski (Eds.). The Contemporary Superintendent: Preparation, Practice and Development (pp. 107-136). Thousand Oaks, CA. Corwin Press.

Petersen, G. J., & Williams, B. M. (2005). The board president and superintendent: An examination of influence through the eyes of the decision makers. In G. J. Petersen & L. D. Fusarelli (Eds.). The Politics of Leadership: Superintendents and School Boards in Changing Times. (pp. 23-49). Information Age Publishing (IAP), Greenwich, CT.

Petersen, G. J. (2005). Student misbehavior and violence: A reexamination of the enemy within. In F. English & L. Frase (Eds.). Sage Handbook of Educational Leadership: New Dimensions and Realities. (pp. 463-482) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Thompson, R. W., Petersen, G. J., Gawerecki, J., & Cauldwell, N. (2004, November). Seeing the same school through different eyes: A study of stakeholders' perceptions about the effectiveness of school violence prevention strategies. In C. J. Reed (Ed.). Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration 2004 Yearbook. (pp. 9 - 19). Auburn University, Truman Pierce Institute, AL

Fusarelli, L., & Petersen, G. J. (2002). Changing times, changing relationships: An exploration of current trends influencing the relationship between superintendents and boards of education. In G. Perreault & F. C. Lunenburg (Eds.) NCPEA 2002 Yearbook: The Changing World of School Administration. (pp. 282-293). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Morgan, C., & Petersen, G. J. (2002). The superintendent's role in leading academically effective school districts. In Cooper, B. S., & Fusarelli, L. D. (Eds.). The Promise and Perils of the Modern Superintendency. (pp. 175-196). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

SELECTED SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS (refereed)

Young, I. P., Kowalski, T. J., McCord, R., & Petersen, G. J., (In Press). Job Satisfaction of Female and Male Superintendents. The AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice.

Fusarelli, L. D., Kowalski, T. J., & Petersen, G. J., (2011). Promoting civic, "public" engagement in education through distributive leadership and deliberative democracy. The Journal of Leadership and Policy in Schools (10)1, 43-62.

Petersen, G. J., Kelly, V. L., Reimer, C., Mosunich, D. & Thompson, D. (2009, Fall). A statewide investigation of California superintendents' perceptions of national and state reform through the lens of school public relations. Journal of School Public Relations (30)4, 281-308

Kowalski, T. J., Petersen, G. J., & Fusarelli, L. D. (2009, Winter). Novice superintendents and the efficacy of professional preparation. AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice. (5) 4, 16-26.

Perrachione, B., Rosser, V. J., Petersen, G. J. (2008, Fall). Why do they stay? Elementary teachers' perceptions of job satisfaction and retention. The Professional Educator (32) 2.

Petersen, G. J., Fusarelli, L. D., Kowalski, T. J. (2008, December). Novice superintendent perceptions of preparation adequacy and problems of practice. Journal of Research on Leadership Education. (3) 2, 1-16. Available http://www.ucea.org/JRLE/issue.php

Rosenberg, L. & Petersen, G. J. (2008, Spring). Time-lapse video as a self-reflection tool for collaborative learning projects. Journal of Research for Educational Leaders, 4(2). Available http://www.education.uiowa.edu/jrel/Petersen_0701.htm

Petersen, G. J., Sayre, C., & Kelly, V. (2007, Fall). Educating all children: Teachers' perspectives on the influence of the district superintendent in fostering instructional capacity. Instructional Leadership Forum, 2, 1-29.

Petersen, G. J. & Willams, B.M. (2005, Fall). School leader, advocate, and the good neighbor: The superintendent's complex relationship with the board president, the school board, and the rest of the community. Journal of School Public Relations, 26(4), 252-280.

Petersen, G.J., & Young, M. D., (2004, July). The no child left behind act and its influence on current and future district leaders. The Journal of Law and Education, 33(4), 343-363.

Petersen, G. J., & Short, P. M. (2002, July). An Examination of the school board president's perception of the district superintendent's interpersonal communication competence and board decision making. Journal of School Leadership, 12(4), 411-436.

Young, M. D., Petersen, G. J., & Short, P. M. (2002, April). The complexity of substantive reform: A call for interdependence among key stakeholders. Educational Administration Quarterly 38(2), 136-175.

Young, M. D., & Petersen, G. J., (2002, April). Toward the advancement of educational leadership preparation. Educational Administration Quarterly 38(2), 130-136.

Petersen, G. J. (2002). Singing the same tune: Principal's and school board member's perceptions of the superintendent's role in curricular and instructional leadership. Journal of Educational Administration 40(2), 158-171.

Young, M. D., & Petersen, G. J. (2002, Winter). Enabling substantive reform in the preparation of school leaders. Educational Leadership Review 3(1), 1-15.

Riggs, P., Petersen, G. J., & Stockburger, D. (2002, Spring). The creation of a responsive educational edifice. Journal of Research for Educational Leaders, 1(2), Available http://www.education.uiowa.edu/jrel/spring02/Riggs_0109.htm

Petersen, G. J., & Short, P. M. (2001, October). The school board president's perception of the district superintendent: Applying the lens of social influence and social style. Educational Administration Quarterly 37(4), 533-570.

Cleveland, P., Petersen, G. J., Walter, J. K., & Sharp, W. L. (2000, March). A three state examination of school board evaluations of superintendents. Educational Research Quarterly, 23(3). 3-21.

Speaker, K. M., & Petersen, G. J. (2000, February). School violence and adolescent suicide: Strategies for effective intervention. Educational Review, 52(1), 65- 74.

Petersen, G. J. (1999, November). Collaborative efforts in the preparation of educational leaders. Journal of School Leadership, 9(6), 478-483.

Petersen, G. J. & Speaker, K. M. (1999, Fall). An innovative approach to reduce the incidence of school violence and adolescent suicide. Contemporary Education 71(1), 13 - 18.

Petersen, G. J. (1999, May). Demonstrated actions of instructional leaders: A case study of five superintendents. Education Policy Analysis Archives 7(18). Available http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/view/553

Petersen, G. J., Pietrzak, D., & Speaker, K. M. (1998, September). The enemy within: A national study on school violence and prevention. Urban Education, 33(3), 331-359.

Lin, H.Y., Davidman, P., Petersen, G. J., & Thomas, M. R. (1998). Teachers' views of moral education topics in Taiwan and the USA. International Review of Education, 44(1), 65-83.

Petersen, G. J., Beekley, C. X., Speaker, K. M., & Pietrzak, D. (1998, Spring). An examination of violence in three rural school districts. The Rural Educator, 19(3), 25-32.

Pietrzak, D., Petersen, G. J., & Speaker, K. M.(1998). Perceptions of school violence by elementary and middle school personnel. Professional School Counseling, 1(4), 23-29.

Petersen, G. J. (1997, September). Looking at the big picture: School administrators and violence reduction. Journal of School Leadership, 7(5), 456- 479.

Petersen, G. J. (1996, Spring). Visionary superintendents: Leaders of curriculum and instruction not harried managers of complex bureaucracies. Scholar and Educator 18, (2) 79 - 88.


PROFESSIONAL PRACTITIONER PUBLICATIONS (refereed)

Petersen, G. J., & Speaker, K. M. (1995, summer). Outcome based goals for admission to teacher education:A pilot study. Focus On Learning, 14(2), 45-60.

Petersen, G. J. (1994, spring). An interview with Mac Bernd. Outcomes, 13(1), 48-54.

Petersen, G. J. (1994, summer). An interview with John Hobin. Outcomes, 13(2), 28-36.

Petersen, G. J. (1993, winter). An interview with Joe Boeckx. Outcomes, 12(4), 35-40.

REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Petersen, G. J., & Gentilucci, J. (2009). STEM leadership for a flat world. In J. Gentilucci (Ed). Creating Systemic and Sustainable Capacity for World-Class STEM Education: The Leadership Challenge (pp. 6-14). The California STEM Innovation Network http://californiastem.org/publication3.php

Kowalski, T. J., Petersen, G. J., & Fusarelli, L. D. (2005). Facing an uncertain future: An investigation of the preparation and readiness of first-time superintendents to lead in a democratic society. In D. C. Thompson, & F. E. Crampton (Eds.), Democracy in educational leadership: The unfinished journey toward justice. Austin, TX: University Council for Educational Administration. Available:http://coe.ksu.edu/ucea/byauthor05.htm

Petersen, G. J., & Kowalski, T.J. (2005) School reform strategies and normative expectations for democratic leadership in the superintendency. In D. C. Thompson, & F. E. Crampton (Eds.), Democracy in educational leadership: The unfinished journey toward justice. Austin, TX: University Council for Educational Administration. Available: http://coe.ksu.edu/ucea/byauthor05.htm

Petersen, G. J. (1994). Keeper and seller of the vision: The district superintendent's role in curriculum reform. In J. H. Divine & R. S. Tompkins (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Studies: Volume II (pp. 247-266). University of Southern Indiana: The Society of Educators and Scholars.

COMMISSIONED PAPERS/REPORTS

Petersen, G. J. (2007, September). San Luis Obispo P-16 Council Kindergarten Study Report. A follow-up study and report commissioned for the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and P-16 Council. San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Petersen, G. J. (2006, April). San Luis Obispo P-16 Council Kindergarten Study Report. A study and report commissioned for the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education in response to the California Preschool First Initiative. San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Young, M. D., Petersen, G. J., & Short, P. M. (2001, September). The complexity of substantive reform: A call for interdependence among key stakeholders. A paper commissioned for the First Meeting of the National Commission for the Advancement of Educational Leadership Preparation. The Johnson Foundation, Wingspread Conference Center. Racine, WI.

CASE STUDIES

Petersen, G. J. (2001). [On-line] With a Little Help from my Friends. ISLLC Vignette (Standard 4), Missouri Professors of Educational Administration. Available: http://www.mpea.org/instmaterials/vignettes/admi /HelpingFriend.html


Johnson, J., Young, M. D., & Petersen, G. J. (2001)[On-line] Extra-curricular Safety. ISLLC Vignette (Standard 6), Missouri Professors of Educational Administration. Available: http://www.mpea.org/instmaterials/vignettes/admin/ExtraCurrSafety.html

POETRY

Petersen, G. J. (2003). Aspirin. In T. Magnum (Ed.). Stories of Life: The International Library of Poetry (p.30). Owings Mills, MD. Watermark Press.