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College of Education and Allied Professions

Dr. Heidi Von Dohlen

Heidi Von Dohlen



Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, NC
Doctorate of Education – September 2012

State University of New York – College of New Paltz; New Paltz, NY
Master of Science in Education – May 1995

Lenoir-Rhyne University; Hickory, NC
Bachelor of Arts – May 1990

Institute of Spanish Studies; Valencia, Spain
Program of Study: Spanish Language and Culture

Research Interests:

Immigrant Youth in NC
Distributed Leadership
Teacher Leadership in NC Public Schools


Heidi B. Von Dohlen is Assistant Professor and Program Director for the North Carolina School Executive Leadership Programs: Masters of School Administration (MSA) and Post Masters Certificate (PMC).  She holds 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.

Dr. Von Dohlen has served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and county office administrator.  For 28 years, Dr. Von Dohlen has lived and taught Kindergarten through Doctoral students in New York, Spain, Virginia, Japan, California, and North Carolina.  Throughout Dr. Von Dohlen’s career, she has advocated for marginalized students, parents, and community members.  A strong focus of her work has involved helping immigrant students and families through the acculturation process and in navigating U.S. school systems.  Similarly, her work has involved educating American-born students to accept and embrace diversity in their schools and communities.

Dr. Von Dohlen is a strong advocate for distributed leadership and teacher leadership in public schools.  Leadership, regardless of formal position, should be utilized at all levels within schools and school districts.

Publications & Selected Presentations

Presenter, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA (April 2013)

Presenter, North Carolina Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Wilmington, NC (March 2013)

Western Carolina University Educational Leadership Graduate Research Award (April 2011)

Presenter, National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Annual Conference, Washington, DC (Aug 2010)

Speaker, Break by the Lake, WCU, Department of Human Services (2008)

Graduate,Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program (2005)

Panel Speaker, SUNY/New Paltz 25th Annual Women’s Studies Leadership Conference (1999)

Speaker, "Stop the Violence" Rally, Kingston, NY (1999)

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