© 2015

Quandaries of the Small-District Superintendency

  • Editors
  • Gary Ivory
  • Adrienne E. Hyle
  • Rhonda McClellan
  • Michele Acker-Hocevar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Michele Acker-Hocevar, Adrienne E. Hyle, Gary Ivory, Rhonda McClellan
    Pages 1-14
  3. Gary Ivory
    Pages 15-18
  4. Sharon Gieselmann, William G. Ruff
    Pages 19-33
  5. Thomas L. Alsbury, Kathryn S. Whitaker
    Pages 35-54
  6. Rhonda McClellan, Gary Ivory, Adrienne E. Hyle
    Pages 179-195
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 197-211

About this book


Focused on the particular needs of superintendents of districts of fewer than ten thousand students, the chapters teach students critical frameworks for thinking through and addressing the problems and practices superintendents encounter daily, allowing them to form a detailed and practical understanding of administration and leadership.


Superintendency Leadership Development community Diversity feminism Generation transformation

About the authors

Thomas L. Alsbury, Seattle Pacific University, USA Sharon Gieselmann, University of Evansville, USA Chad Lochmiller, Indiana University, USA Teena McDonald, Washington State University, USA Susan Printy, Michigan State University, USA Cristóbal Rodríguez, Howard University, USA William G. Ruff, Montana State University, USA Corrie Stone-Johnson, University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA Debra Touchton, Stetson University, USA Katheryn S. Whitaker, University of Northern Colorado, USA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Quandaries of the Small-District Superintendency
  • Editors G. Ivory
    A. Hyle
    R. McClellan
    M. Acker-Hocevar
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-37014-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-67665-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-36325-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 211
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sport
    Social Sciences, general
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"Today's superintendent has one of the hardest jobs in America. You're on an island all by yourself at times. At the same time, public education is under more scrutiny that ever before. What Quandaries of the Small-District Superintendency does is provide real-life scenarios and a multitude of perspectives to help new and aspiring superintendents grow and thrive on the job and ultimately become educational thought leaders." Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association

"A majority of the nation's school systems serve less than 1400 students and operate with limited human resources. Commonly, this reality has not received adequate attention in the profession's literature. For this reason, Quandaries of the Small-District Superintendency is a unique and important contribution to the knowledge base, one that examines problems of practice through the eyes of small-district superintendents." - Theodore J. Kowalski, Professor and the Kuntz Family Endowed Chair, University of Dayton, USA

"Quandaries of the Small-District Superintendency promises to be an excellent teaching tool for those preparing for district-level (or even school-level) leadership roles. The text effectively marries the experiential realities of sitting district leaders with current national standards and expectations for effective educational leaders and with relevant theoretical perspectives of academicians. This integration provides rich teaching and learning opportunities for those aspiring to demanding and organizationally complex educational leadership roles." - Diana Pounder, Dean of the College of Education, University of Central Arkansas, USA

"This book offers valuable insights into the changing landscape of small district superintendents and validates the need to reestablish familiarity with their work. It is an important resource for university faculty and students as well as new and experienced administrators who will routinely face these issues. I recommend it enthusiastically." - Lars G. Björk, Professor of Educational Leadership Studies, University of Kentucky, USA