Dennis Arthur Conners, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership

I have had the good fortune of not only being a "professor" but also a "practitioner" of the craft of leadership for more than forty years. In all those years I have come to the belief that in teaching leadership it certainly important what one knows,...

Professor Dennis Conners

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Post-Doctoral Studies, Education Law, Gonzaga University

Post-Doctoral Studies, Higher Education Leadership, Harvard University

Ed.D, Educational Administration, University of Houston

M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of Houston

B.A., English, University of Dayton

Courses Taught

ORGL 615: Organizational Theory and Behavior

I have had the good fortune of not only being a "professor" but also a "practitioner" of the craft of leadership for more than forty years. In all those years I have come to the belief that in teaching leadership it certainly important what one knows, but it is more important what one can do with what one knows.

Books and Chapters


Poutiatine, Michael, and Conners, Dennis Arthur.  Leadership for Transformation. In Building Leadership Bridges (Vol. A.).   Barbour, J. and Hickman, G. (Eds.)  Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2011.

Refereed Journal Articles

(*indicates peer reviewed publications)


*Conners, Dennis Arthur and Poutiatine, Michael I.  “Transformational Learning for School Leaders:  A Movement for Social Justice in School Leader Preparation."  International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation. Vol. 5, No. 3, July – September, 2010.

Conners, Dennis A.  “Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander.”  Curriculum in Context, V. 35, No. 1, Spring/Summer, 2008.

*Conners, Dennis A.  “Learning from Rosa Parks:  The Courage to Lead a Social Movement.”  Education Leadership Review, V. 6, No. 1, Fall 2006.

*Conners, Dennis A. and Kingrey, Joan U.  “Pedagogical Practices for Social Justice:  A Movement Approach.”  Special Edition of The Journal of School Leadership, January 2006.

Conners, Dennis A. and Mester, William A.  “Know Thyself:  The Formation of Educational Leaders.”  Curriculum in Context, Fall, 2000.

*Conners, Dennis A.  “The School’s Macro and Micro Physical Environment:  A Link to Understanding Stress.”  Theory into Practice, Winter 1983, Vol. XXII, No. 1. pp. 15-21.

Conners, Dennis A. and Reed, Donald B.  “The Turbulent Field of Educational Administration.”  The Executive Review, 1983, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 1-5.

*Conners, Dennis A. and Reed, Donald B.  “The Work and Socialization of the Secondary Vice Principal:  A  First Step Towards the Superintendency.”  Record of Educational Administration and Supervision, 1982, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 18-21.

Conners, Dennis A.  “The School’s Designed Environment:  Implications for Understanding Stress.”  Council of Educational Facilities Planners Journal, 1982, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 4-7.

*Reed, Donald B. and Conners, Dennis A.  “Toward a Model for Analyzing School Policies Involving Classroom Activities of Teachers and Students.”  Planning and Changing, 1982, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 48-58.

*Reed, Donald B. and Conners, Dennis A.  “The Paradox of Making It:  Teachers and Collective Bargaining.”  The Peabody Journal of Education, 1982, Vol. 59, No. 2, pp. 118-122.

*Reed, Donald B. and Conners, Dennis A.  “The Vice Principal in Urban High Schools:  A Field Study.”  Urban Education, 1982, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 465-481.

*Conners, Dennis A.  “A Superintendent’s Position Within the Power Structure:  Implications for Political Action.”  Record in Educational Administration and Supervision, 1981, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 22-26.

Book Reviews


Conners, Dennis A.  “Community Access to Policy Formation.”  The Review of Education, Winter 1983, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 59-65.

Conners, Dennis A.  “Schools in Conflict.”  Educational Administration Quarterly, Winter 1983, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 137-143.

Conners, Dennis A. and Reed, Donald B.  “The Limits and Possibilities of Educational Change.”  The Review of Education.  Spring 1981, Vol. 7, No. 3,  pp. 175-182.