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English, Fenwick

R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership

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"The fully functioning human being as leader is both rational and emotional. The emotional side of leadership is comprised of intuition, moral judgments, ethical considerations, and aesthetic sensitivities. The social science view of leadership, which has been dominant in educational leadership, has marginalized the complete range of human considerations and actions. In lists of skills, dispositions and competencies most governmental agencies use to license school leaders, the artistic and aesthetic dimensions have been erased."

– Fenwick W. English and Lisa Catherine Ehrich in Leading Beautifully: Educational Leadership as Connoisseurship (2016) New York: Routledge, p. 110


Fenwick W. English currently teaches at the graduate level in the Educational Leadership program. He has served as a practitioner in leadership roles in K-12 education as a public school principal, director, assistant superintendent and superintendent. In higher education he has been a department chair, dean, and vice chancellor of academic affairs, as well as having been a partner in an international accounting and consulting firm (KPMG Peat Marwick) for three years in Washington, D.C.

English's scholarship and research include more than 40 books and over 100 articles published in both academic and practitioner journals. He has been recognized by his academic colleagues as a leader in his field, having been elected to the Presidency of UCEA (University Council of Educational Administration) in 2006-07 and President of NCPEA (National Council of Professors of Educational Administration) in 2011-2012. His research and scholarship have not only been presented in North America at UCEA, AERA, and NCPEA, but internatioinally at BELMAS (British Educational Leadership Management Association Society) and CCEAM (Commonwealth Council of Educational Administration and Management). He has conducted on-site research on educational and leadership issues in England and Australia and has published in academic journals in those countries as well as on the European Continent. In 2015 he was named an Adjunct Professor in the School of Cultural and Professional Learning at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 1972 - Arizona State University, Secondary Education
  • M.S. 1963 - University of Southern California, Elementary Administration
  • B.S. 1961 - University of Southern California, Education and English Literature

Doctoral Program Affiliation(s)

Ph.D. in Education - Policy, Leadership and School Improvement

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Research Interests

  • Leadership as artistic performance
  • Applications of the scholarship of Pierre Bourdieu to educational leadership
  • The history of intellectual ideas and metaphors in educational administration

Teaching Areas

  • Advanced leadership theories
  • Organizational theory
  • Curriculum leadership


  • EDUC 833: Leading System Functions
  • EDUC 834: Organizational Theory
  • EDUC 840: Advanced Leadership Theories
  • EDUC 841: Research Proposal

Honors & Awards

  • Elected to receive the NCPEA Living Legend Award at the 2013 National Conference in recognition of career impact and influence in the field.
  • 2012- Gave a Distinguished Lecture at the Texas Association of School Administrators in Austin, Texas on the topic of “Turnaround Principals for Underperforming Schools” followed by a book signing.
  • 2011-Assumed Presidency of NCPEA in Portland, Oregon, at the National Conference.
  • 2010-The third edition of the best selling book Deciding What to Teach and Test is nominated by Corwin Press for the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Association of Educational Publishers.
  • 2008-Nominated by doctoral students for the UNC Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring.
  • 2007-Honored by Corwin Press as a $2 million dollar author.
  • 2005-Elected to the Presidency of UCEA in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 2004-Honored by Corwin Press as a $1 million dollar author.
  • 2003-Appointed to the Review Board of Educational Administration Quarterly.

Funded Research

  • Research on leadership heuristics in England which led to papers presented at AERA and published in several research journals (now concluded);
  • On-going research in Australia on leadership as artistic performance which has been accepted for publication in several research journals and an AERA paper in 2013 in San Francisco.

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (Divisions A & L);
  • National Council of Professors of Educational Administration
  • Phi Delta Kappa

Public Service

  • 2016 - Invited to give general session address to the Texas Equity Center, 16th Annual School Finance & Legislative Workshop, "Educational Leadership in the Age of Greed" in Austin, Texas.
  • 2015 -Invited to give a public lecture on research regarding the leadership identity journey at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia
  • 2015-Public lecture at the Texas Association of School Administrators Winter Conference in Austin, Texas in an "Educational Thought Session"
  • 2012-Invited to participate in a special conference of the North Carolina State Board of Education to discuss the future of education in the state
  • 2011-Reviewer for the UNC General Administration of a proposed Ed.D. program in K-12 educational leadership from an external public institution of higher education
  • 2010-Major session speaker at the Wake County Educational Summit from which a DVD was developed and distributed to all Wake County school principals.

Selected Publications

2016 - Leading Beautifully: Educational Leadership as Connoisseurship with Lisa Catherine Ehrich.New York: Routledge.

2015 - General Editor Sage Guide to Educational Leadership and Management (522 pp); Los Angeles, CA: Sage

2015 - Bourdieu for Educators: Policy and Practice(with C.L. Bolton) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2014 - The Leadership Identity Journey (with C.A. Mullen & W. Kealy, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield

2014 - Educational Leadership in the Age of Greed. Ypsilanti, MI: NCPEA Press.

2013 - Contours of great leadership: The science, art, and wisdom of outstanding practice. Rosemary Papa, Fenwick English, Frank Davidson, Mary K. Culver, and Ric Brown. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

2012 -  Educational leadership at 2050: Conjectures, challenges, and promises with Rosemary Papa, Carol Mullen and Ted Creighton. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

2011 - Turnaround principals for underperforming schools. Rosemary Papa and Fenwick English. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education

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