Dr. Peggy Connell

Assistant Professor

Connell, Peggy

Contact Information

Email: phconnel@samford.edu
Phone: 726-2783
Office: Orlean Bullard Beeson Hall 219

Biographical Information

Dr. Peggy Connell is an assistant professor of education and director of assessment for the department of educational leadership in the School of Education at Samford. Dr. Connell dedicated over 35 years in K-12 public education and served as a high school teacher, counselor, program specialist for staff development, director of curriculum and instruction, high school principal, chief academic officer, and superintendent. She has served in diverse school environments including small to large size districts and schools; rural, suburban, and urban settings; and students from low to high poverty backgrounds. Dr. Connell has served in leadership roles at the local, district, state, and national levels. She has participated in educational reform initiatives through The Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform, Cornerstone Literacy, Inc., Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB), and Race to the Top.

Education:
Ph.D. Educational Research/Psychology, University of Alabama
Ed.S. Guidance and Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham
M.A. Guidance and Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham
B.S. English and Business Education, Jacksonville State University
Member of:
Editor-in-Chief of on-line peer review journal, The Educational Collaborative; March 2012 to present; published Vol. 1 & 2
LiveText Coordinator for Graduate Studies; August 2012 to present
Treasurer, Alabama Association of Professors of Educational Leaders (AAPEL), February 2013 to present
Session Chair at the AAPEL Spring Conferences, 2013, 2014, & 2015, Montgomery, AL
Facilitator for the Middle Grades Leadership Academy; March 2012 to present
Facilitator for Superintendent’s Association professional development initiative; 2012 to present
Session Chair at MSERA in Pensacola, FL on November 6 – 8, 2013
Muscogee County School District Fine Arts Committee, 2012 to present
Awards:
Professional of the Year Award, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, 2011
Distinguished Service Award, Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervisors, 2010
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc. Woman of Distinction, 2009
Distinguished Service Award, Georgia School Superintendents Association, 2004
Outstanding Distinguished Professional, Girls Scouts of Cottaquilla Council, 2001
Outstanding Educational Leadership Award, Alabama Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1998
Outstanding Educator, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1986
Publications:
Education, 2014, 134(1) pp. 94 – 109, The Recruitment and Selection of Principals Who Increase Student Learning
AAPEL Journal, 1(1), Sept. 2014, Five Critical Practices for Middle Grades Leadership:  Framework for School Improvement
Sage Open, 2013 3:  DOI:  10.1177/2158244013486492, School Funding Issues:  State Legislators and School Superintendents—Adversaries or Allies?
Presentations:
Hawaii International Conference on Education Jan 2015, Honolulu, HI; Five Critical Practices: Principals Who Improve Student Learning; Peggy Connell & Pat Hodge
KDP CONVO Oct, 2014 Calgary, Canada; Female Superintendents: Advantages, Challenges, and Pathways; Peggy Connell & Jane Cobia
National Association of Elementary School Principals July 2014, Nashville, TN; Five Critical Practices of Principals Who Improve Student Learning; Peggy Connell, Ruth Ash, & Pat Hodge
MSERA November 2013 Pensacola Beach, FL; A Middle School Initiative to Develop Student Voice, Interpersonal Relationship and Intrapersonal Relationships on Students’ Sense of Belonging in School; Peggy Connell, Les Ennis, Phyllis Faust
AAPEL Spring 2013 Montgomery, AL; Five Critical Practices of Principals Who Improve Student Learning, Peggy Connell, Ruth Ash, Pat Hodge, Yvette Richardson, Zebbra Green