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Since arriving at the University of Arkansas in 2010, Dr. Bengtson has published in the Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Educational Administration, and Educational Management Administration and Leadership along with several other journals related to school leadership. He continues to present papers at the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and the American Education Research Association (AERA). The succession and socialization of principals including the preparation of school leaders through professional degree programs and bridging the gap between the theory of leadership and the reality of practice provide the focus of the research agenda that Dr. Bengtson has established. He has been involved with the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) as a researcher and contributing member, and has been active in the transformation of the University of Arkansas Educational Leadership Program’s Ed.D.
Dr. Bengtson thoroughly enjoys teaching in both the Master’s and Doctorate Educational Leadership programs. His previous experience as a public school administrator brings a realistic prospective to courses addressing instructional leadership, supervision and evaluation of teaching, the principalship, the relationship between schools and society, qualitative research, and program evaluation.
The succession and socialization of principals including the preparation of school leaders through professional degree programs and bridging the gap between the theory of leadership and the reality of practice.
- Qualitative research
- Program evaluation
- EDLE 5003 Schools and Society
- EDLE 5023 The School Principalship
- EDLE 5073 Research for School Leaders
- EDLE 5063 Instructional Leadership, Planning, and Supervision
- EDLE 5093 Effective Leadership for School Improvement
- EDLE 699V Introduction to Qualitative Research
- EDLE 6513 Program Evaluation
- EDLE 6553 Advanced Qualitative Research
- EDLE 5073 Research for School Leaders
- EDLE 6563 Advanced Data Collection
- EDLE 6573 Advanced Empirical Analysis
- Ph.D., University of Georgia, Educational Administration and Policy, 2010
- Ed.S., George Washington University, Educational Administration and Leadership, 1997
- M.A., California State University-Sacramento, Performance and Literature, 1983
- B.S., Pennsylvania State University, Music Education, 1979
Most Recent Publications:
Bengtson, E., & Connors, S.P. (2016). Contrary socializations: Organizational influence on the teaching approaches of two beginning teachers in an external threat environment. Journal of School Leadership, 26(4), 607-632.
Bengtson, E., Lasater, K., Murphy-Lee, M.M., & Jones, S.J. (2016). Role of research courses. In J.A. Perry (Ed.), The Ed.D. and Scholarly Practitioners: The CPED Way (pp. 79-101). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.
Mette, I.M., & Bengtson, E. (2015). Site-based management vs. system-based thinking: The impact of data-driven accountability and reform. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 18(1), 27-38.
Bengtson, E. (2014). Principals' socialization: Whose responsibility is it? Journal of School Leadership, 24(4), 725-752.
Bengtson, E., & Connors, S.P. (2014). Puppets and puppeteers:External mandates and the instructional practice of two first-year teachers. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 9(2), 128-152.
Airola,D., Bengtson, E.,Davis, D.A., & Peer, D.K. (2014). Principal's sense of efficacy: The influence of the Arkansas Leadership Academy. Journal of Educational Administration, 52(6), 143-164.
2010-2016 Asst. Professor
University of Arkansas
2006-2010 Grad. Asst.
Educ. Admin. & Policy
Univ, of Georgia
- 2013 Outstanding Research Award – Department of Curriculum and Instruction - University of Arkansas
- 2014 George Denny STAR Award – College of Education and Health Professions - University of Arkansas.
- 2015 STAR Faculty Award – Department of Curriculum and Instruction - University of Arkansas
- 2017 Service Award - Department of Curriculum and Instruction - University of Arkansas