Chris Willis

Associate Professor, Leadership Studies Doctoral Program Coordinator
School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy
507 Education


Ed.D., Educational Leadership
Indiana University, 2011

M.Ed., Educational Administration
Ball State University, 1996

B.S., Mathematics Education, Economics 
Ball State University, 1993

  • EDL 4090: Organization and Administration of Education
  • EDLS 7010: Organizational Change
  • EDL 6250: School Culture and Instructional/Professional Development 
  • EDL 6260: Leadership and Law in Special Education
  • EDL 7320: Personnel Administration in Education
  • EDL 7360: Educational Facilities Planning and Management 
  • EDL 7960: Leadership Practicum/District Internship II
  • EDLS 7310: Diversity and Cultural Leadership
  • EDLS 7750: Proposal Development


  • EDA 8283: Educational leadership 
  • EDA 8383: Ethical decision making 
  • EDF 3423: Exploring diversity through writing
  • EDL 8223: Principal internship II
  • EDL 8233: Principal internship III
  • EDF 8393: History of Education in the United States
  • EDL 8123: Principles of Educational Leadership
  • EDL 8193: Principles of Educational Environments
  • EDL 8213: Principal Internship I
  • EDL 8423: School Leadership
  • EDL 8433: Using Data for School Improvement
  • Barriers to School Reform
  • Educational Policy
  • Innovative Instructional Practices

Johnson, P, Willis, C, Jackson May, J, LaVenia, K (January. 2018) BGSU Career Technical Leadership Preparation Program Grant funded by Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Educaion (total budget $87,122)

Refereed Papers

LaVenia, K., Willis, C. (November 2017). Current Needs in Educational Research: Experts Speak Out via e-Delphi Study. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the University Council of Educational Administration, Denver, CO.


Willis, C, (2015). Using student work products to evaluate learning How the studio model of learning was implemented in two American settings. In G. Mazurkiewicza (ed.) Uczóca sie szkota: Od rozwouju jednostek do rozwoju wspólnoty. Krakow, Poland: Jagiellonian University Press.

Willis, C, Brocato, K. (2015). Issues of superintendent preparation in disadvantaged areas: Considering the usefulness of the educational doctorate. In V. Stead (Ed.) The Education Doctorate (Ed.D.): Issues of access, diversity, social justice, and community leadership – Higher education theory, policy, and praxis Volume 5. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing

Brocato, K, Willis, C, Dechart, K, (2014). Longitudinal data use: Ideas for district, building, and classroom leaders. In B.G. Barnett, A.R. Shoho, & A.J. Bowers (Eds.)  Using data in schools to inform leadership and decision making – International Research on School Leadership Volume 5. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.  

Ingle, W., Willis, C., Herd, A. (2017). Defining “Comparable”: An analysis of reduction in force provisions in Ohio school districts. Journal of Educational Leadership 27(1), 68-93  

Willis, C., Ingle, W (2016) Profiles of merit pay provisions in Ohio school districts, Leadership and Policy in Schools  

Willis, C, Ingle, W. (2015). “Who has time for this?” Negotiating the role of instructional supervision and evaluation, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership 18(1), 66-77  

Ingle, W, Willis, C, Fritz, J (2015). Collective bargaining agreement provisions in the wake of Ohio Teacher Evaluation System legislation, Educational Policy, The 2015 Politics of Education Association Yearbook. 29(1), 18-50  

Willis, C. (Dec 2014). The Ohio teacher evaluation system and social studies teachers, Ohio Social Studies Review 51(2), 2-7

Willis, C. (2011). High stakes testing and the moral decision of leaders.
Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 14(4), 47-53


Program Coordinator for Leadership Studies Doctoral Program 2016-present

Personnel Committee 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018

Member, EDHD Technology Committee 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018

Member of Chief Information Officer Advisory Board 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018

Member of Graduate Council 2016-2017, 2017-2018

Chair of Graduate College Dean Evaluation Committee Spring 2018

BGSU’s Plenum Representative to the University Council on Educational Administration 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018

Editorial Board Member for Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership 2014-2018

Ad Hoc Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership (Acceptance Rate = 35%) 2013-Present

Proposal reviewer, University Council for Educational Administration, 2009-Present

Chet Hesson, EdD, June 2018

Tashlai McKinstry, EdD, March 2018

Brad Contat, EdD, February, 2018

Joseph Hoelzle, EdD, May 2018

Dawn Henry,  EdD, February 2018

Lisa Dubose, EdD, November 2017

Memberships in Honor Societies

Phi Delta Kappa Education Honor Society

Phi Lambda Theta Honor Society


EDHD Student Scholarship Recipient – Influential Professor Recognition May 2014

Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership Reviewer of the Year 2014

Leadership for Social Justice SIG of AERA Bridge Award April 2015

BGSU Master Teacher Nominee Fall 2016 and Fall 2017

Updated: 12/11/2023 09:31AM