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Heidi Von Dohlen

Heidi Von Dohlen

Associate Professor

College of Education and Allied Professions

Human Services

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I am Assistant Professor and Program Director for the North Carolina School Executive Leadership Program (NCSELP_: Masters of School Administration (MSA) and Post Masters Certificate (PMC). I hold a Bachelors in Spanish from Lenoir-Rhyne University, a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from State University of New York, New Paltz; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from Western Carolina University. I have served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and county office administrator for 28 years. I have lived and taught Kindergarten through Doctoral students in New York, Spain, Virginia, Japan, California, and North Carolina. Throughout my career, I have advocated for marginalized students, parents, and community members. A strong focus of my work has involved helping immigrant students and families through the acculturation process and in navigating U.S. school systems. I am passionate about the role of distributed leadership and teacher leadership to lead our schools. Mentoring and growing individuals, whether they are students, faculty, or aspiring school leaders is an integral part of my work and life's mission.


  • EDD, Western Carolina University
  • MS, SUNY Center Stony Brook
  • MSED, SUNY College at New Paltz
  • BA, Lenoir-Rhyne College
  • BS, Lenoir-Rhyne College

Teaching Interests

Ethical School Leadership School Culture History, Sociology, and Philosophy of Education

Research Interests

Distributed Leadership, Teacher Leadership, Principal Leadership, Transformational leadership experiences through international travel, Social issues impacting education and educational leadership, Marginalized students and families in education, Social Justice

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