Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Denver Fowler

Dr. Denver J. Fowler is currently the chair of the EdD program and professor of PK-12 Educational Leadership at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to his appointment at Franklin University, he served as a program coordinator and assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). In addition to this role, Dr. Fowler served as an elected senator on the faculty senate at CSUS. Dr. Fowler is starting his eleventh year in higher education (six years part-time and four years full-time). Prior to his appointment at CSUS, Dr. Fowler served as an assistant professor of educational leadership at The University of Mississippi (UM) where he taught within the PhD, EdD, EdS, Master of Education, and Principal Corps programs as well as served on several dissertation committees. In addition, he served as the elected president of the Mississippi Association of Professors of Educational Leadership (2015-2017), a state affiliate of the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership. Prior to his appointment at UM, Dr. Fowler served as an adjunct faculty member for more than six years at The Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, and University of West Florida, where he was responsible for teaching courses (online, hybrid, and face-to-face) in educational leadership, educational technology, and teacher education, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to his experience in the higher education setting, Dr. Fowler served as a coach, teacher, athletic director, technology coordinator, and school administrator for more than a decade in the PreK-12 educational setting in both the private and public school sectors in the state of Ohio. During this tenure, he was named the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) State Assistant Principal of the Year in the State of Ohio and was nominated for the NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year in the United States. A strong supporter of education and policy reform, Dr. Fowler has spoken on Capitol Hill to advocate for educators and school leaders nationwide. He is the author of numerous books and other publications on educational leadership. His research interests include ethics, leadership, educational leadership, and research on the superintendency and principalship. Dr. Fowler has presented his research and served as a keynote speaker both nationally and internationally, including presentations in China, Italy, Greece, Cuba, Africa, Turkey, England, Japan, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Dr. Fowler received his Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from Ohio University, Master of Arts in Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and Bachelor of Science in Education from The Ohio State University. In addition to his degrees, Dr. Fowler completed a School Leadership Institute at Harvard University. Dr. Fowler is a licensed superintendent, principal, teacher, and holds a private school administrative and teaching license.

Featured Sessions

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Fostering a Positive School Climate and Culture in Schools
Strand - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms

In this session, attendees will be introduced to: (1) the difference between school climate and culture; (2) the four multidimensional constructs of school climate and school culture including the physical, social, academic, and discipline; and (3) how to navigate each in an effort to create and sustain a positive school climate and culture. After participating in the session, attendees will have a greater sense of innovative ways to foster a positive school climate and culture in schools.

Friday - November 8, 2019
Educational Technology for School Leaders in the 21st Century
Strand - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms

In this session, attendees will be introduced to educational technology (including social media and apps) that can be utilized effectively with school leadership. In addition, audience members will have the chance to actively engage with the presenter utilizing the technology and apps shared during the session. After participating in the session, attendees will have a greater sense of innovative ways to utilize educational technology as a school leader and instructional leader in the 21st century.