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Dr. Daniel C. Buckman


Assistant Professor

Programs/Classes Taught:

Doctorate Program (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership; I also serve as a doctoral committee chair and doctoral committee member for our Ed.D. candidates.

(EDL 622) Curriculum; (EDL 626) Instructional Leadership; (EDL/ESR 630) Understanding and Using Educational Research; (EDL/ESR 632) Data-Driven Decision-Making; (EDL 690) Internship; (CCD 699b) Dissertation Evaluation Project; (EDL 605) Leading Change; (EDL 606) Principles & Fundamentals of School Leadership; (EDL 624) Professional Development; (EDL 628) Organizational Inquiry; (CCD 699b) Dissertation Change Plan Project; (EDL 604) Pluralistic Schools; (EDL 608) Community Engagement; (EDL 620) Policy & Politics; (EDL 601) Finance; (CCD 699b) Dissertation Policy Advocacy Project.

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree in Administration and Supervision/Educational Leadership; I also serve as clinical supervisor for our EDL candidates.

(EDL 520) Leading Diverse Schools; (EDL 521) Building School-Community Partnerships; (EDL 570) Internship Seminar I: Organizing Leadership Competency Demonstrations; (EDL 598) Administration & Supervision Internship; (EDL 522) Leading Student-Centered Schools; (EDL 523) Navigating School & Special Education Law; (EDL 524) Negotiating and Resolving Conflicts in Education Communities; (EDL 525) Decision-Making for Educational Systems & Organizations; (EDL 571) Internship Seminar II: Resume Building & Professional Writing for Educational Leaders; (EDL 526) Realizing Vision Through Technical, Human, and Financial Resources; (EDL 527) Guaranteeing a Differentiated and Coherent Curriculum: (EDL 528) Maintaining Accountability with Data Use and Program Evaluation: (EDL 529) Improving Instruction Through Teacher Evaluation & Professional Development; (EDL 572) Internship Seminar III: Demonstrating School Leadership Competence.

Areas of Expertise:

Educational Leadership
School Administration
Organizational Development
Curriculum & Instruction
School Finance & Law


Daniel C. Buckman joins National Louis University (NLU) in the Department of Educational Leadership after a distinguished 30-year career with Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida. During his career, he served as a Biology Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Associate Superintendent for Governmental Relations.

Awards and recognitions achieved during his career include the following: (1) In 1992, he was recognized by Phi Delta Kappa as their “Young Educator of the Year.” (2) In 1992 and 1994, he was selected to attend the Bell South Leadership Institute for leadership qualities demonstrated throughout Orange County. (3) In 1997, he was presented with the “Key to the City” by the Mayor of Orlando for his outstanding community service and involvement. (4) In 1997, he participated in the National Association of Secondary School Principals 81st Annual Convention entitled: School Leaders – Key to the Magic World of Learning. Dr. Buckman was selected as a presenter on “Building a Professional Culture in Your School: The Use of Professional Development Portfolios in Teacher Assessments”. (5) He was also the proud recipient of the Commissioner of Education’s 1998 Outstanding Principal Award for Region Three in Florida. (6) In 1999, he was inducted into Colonial High School’s Wall of Fame and (7) in 2000, he had the pleasure of attending and graduating from “Leadership Orlando” class 47.

Dr. Buckman is a product of Orange County Public Schools, graduating from Colonial High School in 1974. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with a science education major at Florida Technological University in Orlando, his Masters of Education Degree with a science education major and Doctorate of Education Degree with an educational leadership major at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Buckman has been a part of the NLU family since 2001 as an Adjunct Professor. He then was hired in 2008 as a full-time Assistant Professor for the Educational Leadership Department within the National College of Education.

He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Suellen, for thirty five years. They have two children. Bryan, a City of Orlando firefighter and Brittany, a third grade teacher in Orange County. He has three granddaughters, Bella Grace, Lilly Sophia, and Elise Marie; and one grandson, Grady Bryan.


Ed.D. Degree; University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida (Educational Leadership)

Elementary and Secondary School Administration and Supervision, State Certification; University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

M.Ed. Degree; University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida (Science Education)

B.A., Degree; Florida Technological University, Orlando, Florida (Science Education)

Research and Interests:

Educational Leadership, Change Leadership, and Curriculum & Instruction

Contact Information:

NLU Florida Regional Center (Orlando Based Instructor)

17101 Drawdy Ct.
Orlando, FL  32820

Work Phone: (813) 491-6114

Home Phone:  (407) 568-4640

Cell Phone:  (407) 446-7754

Email: or


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