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Dr. Steve Hooker

Dr. Steve Hooker - Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Program/Dept: FGSE
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: Ed.D.- University of Cincinnati (Educational Leadership), Ed.S- University of Cincinnati (Educational Leadership), M.A.- College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio ((Educational Studies), B.S.- Ball State University (Speech, Theatre, Music, Communication)

Research Interests: My specific areas of scholarship include Urban Educational Leadership, Social Justice in Education, Educational Policy,  and Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Education. It is my belief that social justice is an essential element in educational leadership. Many researchers have noted that if schools are to become social justice institutions, then it must be taught to aspiring principals in their training programs. While I understand social justice as a process, rather than an end result, engaging in the discourse about social justice issues can be the focus of dialogue in school law, interpersonal communication, special education, ethics, policies and politics, as a few examples. Unless the topics of how race, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, sexual orientation, and gender identity intersect with White, heteronormative, male dominant culture, educational leaders will not have the tools with which to develop socially just schools, where all students will feel safe and supported.
    

My dissertation research was a qualitative study design that investigated how gay and lesbian educators negotiate their identities and how those identities affect their relationships in school, as well as what effect their sexual orientation plays on their professional practices, roles, and responsibilities. My continued research will focus on educational leadership and school environments. I am interested in how educational leadership training programs are changing to include more social justice into their curriculum.  My interests also lie in K-12 schools and what steps are being taken to create socially just environments that are safe and supportive for all of their students to improve student achievement.  Other interests include school culture, how it is formed and maintained, as well as how it affects classroom management and effectiveness of both students and staff. Additionally, my interests include children's gender identity and how it is formed through cultural norms and the media.   
 

Bio

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in June of 2010 with my doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership and an emphasis in Social Justice.  Prior to coming to Morehead, I was an assistant professor of education at Arcadia University, in Philadelphia, for three years.  At Arcadia, I have developed and taught a variety of masters and doctoral level courses, face-to-face, hybrid, and online.  Additionally, I have become PQAS (Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System) certified to teach in the early childhood leadership program, taking the educational leadership courses and adapting them for early childhood leadership certification. I also was an online instructor for Ohio Dominican College in Columbus, Ohio teaching in their masters in education program. 

Prior to becoming a professor, I had leadership experience at the K-12 level and successful experience working among school-based practitioners. I have had an extensive range of experiences in the K-12 system that has included positions in middle, high, and elementary school settings, located in rural, suburban, and urban communities.  As a middle school teacher, I taught public speaking, interpersonal communication, and theatre, as well as directed all theatre productions including three musicals, three plays, and a series of one-acts. My experience in an urban charter high school was not only as an English and communication teacher, but also as a master teacher that provided opportunities to plan and develop quarterly in-service and training programs for faculty and staff.  My elementary school experience involved serving in an administrative role, at an urban Title I, K-8 charter school, where I assumed responsibilities associated with that position, from student conduct and transportation issues, to serving as the academic leader. While in this role, I also supervised Title I and special education services, and coordinated the Entry Year program for new teachers. The certifications I currently hold are that for an Ohio teacher, principal and superintendent.  

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Phone: 606-783-2375 or 859-619-3467
Office Hours: By appointment
s.hooker@moreheadstate.edu
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