Van Harpen, Glady, Ph.D.

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Van Harpen, Glady, Ph.D.

Glady Van Harpen - Educational Leadership and Policy Department Faculty
Glady Van Harpen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor                      Areas of Expertise                 
Doctor of Philosophy

Cardinal Stritch University, 2015

Phone: (920) 424-1524
Office: N/E 614
  • Professional learning for rural school leaders
  • Communities of practice (CoPs)
  • Personal learning networks (PLNs)

Dr. Van Harpen has been involved in education and leadership for more than 25 years. Her experience includes work with early adolescents through adults in the public educational system. She has specialized teaching experiences in the juvenile corrections system, alternative high school, and outdoor education. Additionally, she has more than 16 years of school leadership experience at the middle and high school levels. Furthermore, Dr. Van Harpen has worked for nearly a decade assisting high school principals, in over 21 states across America, with leadership development through a national non-profit corporation.

Her academic interests include research on communities of practice (CoPs) and personal learning networks (PLNs), connected learning, and school leadership. The focus of her study is how school leaders, in small districts and rural areas, further their professional learning and increase school success.

She is also involved in the International School Leadership Development Network (ISLDN) through the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA). The ISLDN is a collaborative team of more than 40 researchers from over 20 countries. As part of the ISLDN team she is researching the challenges and success of school leaders at a high-needs urban school.

Dr. Van Harpen completed her Ph.D. at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; M.A.E. at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan; and B.S. at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

Date of First Employment at UW Oshkosh: September 2016

Years of P-12 Experience:

Classes Typically Taught:

  • Adult Learning
  • Applied Research
  • Community Engagement
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Dissertation Seminar
  • Principalship
  • Supervision of Instruction
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