Kathleen        M. Kingston

Kathleen M. Kingston

Adjunct Lecturer, Col.Humanities,Ed.&SocScience

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Professional Experience
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service


Kathleen Kingston began her career in education as an emotional support teacher, a school psychologist, and a public school administrator responsible for special education, mental health services, federal programs, drug and alcohol prevention, and program development. She worked as a public school administrator for 11 years before completing a doctorate and beginning a career in higher education.  She began her higher education career as the Executive Director of Information Technology at Allegheny College before coming to Gannon University as a faculty member and program administrator for graduate programs. She is currently the Associate Director of the School of Education at Gannon University and the Program Director for graduate and post graduate Educational Leadership Programs.  The focus of her research is the preparation of school leaders, organizational leadership, and understanding organizations as learning systems.

Beginning in 2010, she began providing professional development programs to teachers and administrators in the K-12 schools in Jordan and Thailand.  This international experience has brought many opportunities to Gannon students and faculty to participate in service learning trips and study abroad experiences.


Courses Taught

COURSES TAUGHT: (last 5 years)

  • Multicultural Aspects of ESL
  • Contemporary Issues in Special Education
  • Development of Special Education Programs and Partnerships
  • Organizational Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • Dynamics and Processes of Change
  • Directed Research: Special Topics
  • Doctoral Research Seminar  
  • Analysis and Evaluation of Programs
  • Qualitative Research and Design
  • Understanding Organizations as Learning Systems
  • Student Assessment and Educational Statistics
  • Managing and Planning the Learning Environment
  • Current Issues in Educational
  • School and Community Relations
  • Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction
  • Learning Theory
  • Research in Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Technology Applications for Administrators

Professional Experience

  • Associate Director, Graduate Programs in Education, Gannon University 2006 to present
  • Associate Director, School of Education, Gannon University 2006 to 2012
  • Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Gannon University 2004 to present
  • PDE Major Program Review Consultant, School of Education, Gannon University  2004
  • Interim Principal/consultant, Montessori Regional Charter School
  • Executive Director of Information Technology, Allegheny College 
  • Faculty Development Consultant. Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
  • Principal, Erie School District,
  • Principal, Iroquois School District
  • Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Fairview School District


Kingston, K.M. (2012, June). What principals need to know: Teacher evaluation and  support systems that use multiple measures of student

      achievement.  The  Pennsylvania School Administrator: Educational Leadership Foundation. June, 2012, pp. 23-26.


Kingston, K.M., McCurdy, K.M., Zagarskas, E.D., (in review) Perceived expectations related to promotion and tenure in teacher education. Teaching

      and Learning: The Journal of Natural Inquiry and Reflective Practice


Kingston, K.M., (2009). School district mergers: The importance of community engagement--What one district learned. AASA Journal of

      Scholarship and Practice. Summer, 2009, Volume 6, No. 2, pp. 36-40


Kingston, K.M. (2008, September). The changing face of the principalship:Reconceptualizing the preparation of instructional leaders. The

      Pennsylvania School Administrator: Educational Leadership Foundation. September, 2008,pp. 23-26.


Clark, M.C., Kingston, K.M., (2009). Using service learning to teach the skills and processes of reflection to teacher candidates.  Academic

      Exchange Quarterly, Winter 2009



Graduate Program Design and Development
Program Evaluation
Faculty Development
Instructional Leadership
Educational Administration
Organizational Learning
International Educator Preparation
Academic Transition of ESL Students
Dynamics and Processes of Change
Online Teaching and Learning
Qualitative Research and Design






Member, Board of Directors, Sarah Reed Children's Center, Erie PA 2012 to present

Member, Gertrude A. Barber Center Advisory Committee, 2007 to 2011
Member, IU 5 Curriculum Directors Council, 2007 to present
Member, PDE Region 8 Advisory Committee, Principals as Inspired Leaders Initiative 2007 to 2010


Co-chair, Middle States Standard 13 Subcommittee, Gannon University, 2011 to present
Member, Faculty Senate, Gannon University, 2007 to 2011
Member, Faculty Research Committee, Gannon University 2007 to 2010
Member, Teaching and Learning with Technology Roundtable, Gannon University 2006 to 2011
Member, Graduate Council, Gannon University 2006 to present
Member, Graduate Strategic Planning Committee, Gannon University 2007
Member, Doctoral Program Development Committee Gannon University 2007 to 2010
Member, Online and Outreach Program Committee 2009 to present
Member, PDE Program Review Revisions Task Force, Electronic Submissions and Portfolios 2008 to 2010
Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Millcreek School District, 2007