Judy Jackson May

Associate Professor
School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy
505 Education
Fax: 419-372-8448


Ph.D., Educational Administration and Supervision
Bowling Green State University, 1997

M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction
Cleveland State University, 1991

B.S., Communication Disorders
Bowling Green State University, 1983


Prior to entering academia, Dr. Judy Jackson May served in a variety of roles in public education, including that of Multiple Handicap Teacher for Sandusky County, Cleveland Heights, and Gibsonburg Exempted Village School Districts; Principal for Toledo Public Schools and Bowling Green Public Schools; and Director of Elementary Curriculum for Bowling Green City Schools.

Courses Taught

  • EDL 4090: The Organization and Administration of Education
  • EDL 6210: Introduction to Organizational Leadership and Change
  • EDL 6250: School Culture, Instructional Program, and Professional Staff Development
  • EDL 6300: Internship I
  • EDL 7210: Information Management, Evaluation, and Student Service
  • EDLS 7210: Leadership Theories
  • EDL 7220: Diversity of School Communities and Political Dynamics
  • EDLS 7820: Leadership and Adult Development

Research Interest
Achievement of urban students
Urban leadership
Federal and state role in the urban policy development
Instructional practices and curriculum development of urban students
Parental Role in School Achievement


Peer-reviewed Articles

May, J. J. (2007). The Market-Driven Age of Education: Challenges of Urban School Leadership. Mid-Western Educational
Researcher, 20
(4), 28-34.

May, J. J. (2006) The role of money, race, and politics in the accountability challenge. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching,
and Research, 2
, 39-47.

May, J. J. (2006). The charter school allure: Can traditional schools measure up? Education and Urban Society, 39(1), 19-45.

Zimmerman, J., & May, J.J. (2003). Bridging the gap to improved performance: Principals’ professional development practices. National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Yearbook.

Zimmerman, J. A. & May, J. J. (2003, Spring). Providing effective professional development professional development: What’s holding us back? American Secondary Education Journal, 31(2), 37-47.


May, J.J., & Edmond, T. (2008). Chalk talk: A survival guide for beginning educators. Deer Park, NY: Linus Publications.

Book Chapters

May, J. J., & Jorissen, K.T. (2010)."The bumpy road to instructional improvement: Leadership that builds capacity to close the achievement gap in reading."   A case study.  In K. T. Henson.  Supervision:  A collaborative approach to instructional improvement.  Long Grove, ILL.: Waveland Press.

May, J. J. (2005). Braving the new world of No Child Left Behind. In C. Fulmer & F. Debowski (Eds.). Crediting the past, challenging the present, and changing the future. (pp. 121 – 131). Lanham, MD: Rowan Littlefield Education.

Zimmerman, J., & May, J. J. (2003). Leading the Learning Community: Professional Development Practices of Building Principals. In F. C. Lunenburg and C. S. Carr (Eds.). Shaping the future: Policy, partnerships, and emerging perspectives (pp. 301- 315). Lanham, ME: Scarecrow Education.

Non-refereed Journal Articles

Sanders, E.T.W.S. & May, J. J. (2003, Fall). No Child Left Behind: Perceptions and implications from the trenches. The Harvard Principals’ Center, 5-7.


Professional Development Workshop: Leadership for the 21 st Century Leadership for International Democratic Education Institute, CIVITAS Africa SACOL: Pietermaritzburg , South Africa . June 2006.

Emergent Teacher Leadership Workshop for South African Teachers on Teacher Leadership for International Democratic Education Institute, CIVITAS Africa Program. Co- presenter Treva Jeffries, November 2005.

Secretary for the Northwest Region Ohio School Boards Association, 2002 - Current.