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Harrington V. Gibson


Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
Director for Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Programs/Classes Taught:

Educational Leadership Administration and Supervision Program (M.Ed./Ed.S.) 

EDL 520 Leading Diverse Schools
EDL 521 Building School and Community Partnerships
EDL 522 Leading Student-Centered Schools
EDL 524 Negotiations and Resolving Conflict in Educational Communities
EDL 525 Decision-Making for Educational Systems and Organizations
EDL 526 Realizing Vision through Human, Technical and Financial Resources
EDL 527 Guaranteeing a Differentiated and Coherent Curriculum
EDL 528 Maintaining Accountability with Data-Use and Program Evaluation
EDL 529 Improving Teacher Instruction through Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program (Ed.D.) 

EDL 601 School Financial Management
EDL 604 Administrative Issues in Pluralistic Schools
EDL 605 Leading School Change
EDL 606 Principles and Fundamentals of School Leadership
EDL 608 School and Community Relations
EDL 622 Curriculum Planning, Organization and Evaluation
EDL 624 Professional Development and School Change
EDL 626 Instructional Leadership
EDL 628 Organizational Inquiry
EDL 630 Using Educational Research
EDL 632 Data-Driven Decision Making
EDL 690 Educational Leadership Internship

Areas of Expertise:

Culturally Relevant Teaching, Curriculum Development, Professional Development, Dissertation Advising, Educational Leadership, Research Design, Sociology of Education, School Reform, Superintendent Preparation, Principal Preparation, Teacher Preparation, and Urban Education


Harrington V. Gibson is Associate Professor and director of NLU’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership.   Dr. Gibson is a former Golden Apple scholar and classroom teacher. While pursuing his doctoral degree, he worked as a teaching fellow for the urban education and school reform courses and advisor/field supervisor for teacher education candidates.

Dr. Gibson also served as a member of the Harvard Leadership Development Initiative; which required onsite support for principals and teachers. In addition, he served as a report writer and consultant for various organizations around issues of teacher advocacy and school diagnostic reviews and prioritization planning.

Currently, Dr. Gibson also serves as the program coordinator for NLU’s Chicago Leadership Collaborative which seeks to recruit, train high quality principal candidates for Chicago Public Schools (CPS).  In addition, he oversees grants designed to support principal coaching and preparation in CPS.



Ed.D., Teaching and Learning, Harvard University (Graduate School of Education) Cambridge, MA.
MS.ED., Educational Leadership, Northwestern University, (School of Education and Social Policy) Evanston, IL.
B.S., Elementary Education/English, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Research and Interests:

Drawing from his experiences as a practitioner and researcher, Dr. Gibson’s work emphasizes the development and application of research that addresses opportunity gaps in education.  More specifically, he examines how educators can utilize key tenets of critical race theory to understand school organizations, stakeholder behaviors and beliefs that influence student success.  

Contact Information:

Harrington V. Gibson
Narional Louis University


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