Peggy  Connell
Associate Professor
Orlean Beeson School of Education
Educational Leadership
Office: Orlean Bullard Beeson Hall 219
Email: phconnel@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2783

Dr. Peggy H. Connell is an associate professor of education 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. 

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD Educational Research/Psychology, University of Alabama
  • EdS Guidance and Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • MA Guidance and Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • BS English and Business Education, Jacksonville State University

Expertise

  • Principal leadership
  • Educational leadership
  • Leading change
  • Mentoring
  • Survey design and administration
  • Program evaluation
  • Developmental evaluation
  • Educational research
  • Online teaching
  • Networked Improvement Communities
  • Character Education

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Scholarship Award, Orlean Beeson School of Education, 2016
  • 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

Publications

  • Warren-Lewis, M. D., Ennis, L. S., Connell, P. H., & Newton, J. (2017). Perceptions of teachers’ organizational commitment in high-performing schools of diverse socioeconomic status. Journal of Education and Social Policy, 4(4)
  • Dooley, N. A., Vivanco, K. H., Connell, P. H., & Hannah, J. P. (2017). A study of differentiated state support to priority schools in Alabama. The Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 4, 1-14.
  • McClanahan, M. M., Ennis, L. S., & Connell, P. H. (2016). The effects of reading engagement on literacy achievement for elementary students. Asian Education Studies, 4(2), 31-36.
  • Connell, P. H., Cobia, F. J., & Hodge, P. H. (2015). Women’s journey to the school superintendency. The Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2, 37-63.
  • Ash, R. C., Richardson, Y. M., Hodge, P. H., Connell, P. H., Green, Z. P. (2014). Five critical practices for middle grades leadership: A framework for school improvement. The Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 1(1), 12 – 33.
  • Ash, R. C., Hodge, P. H., & Connell, P. H. (2013). The recruitment and selection of principals who increase student learning. Education, 132(1), 94-109.
  • Pouncey, W. C., Ennis, L. S., Wooley, T. W., & Connell, P. H. (2013). School funding issues: State legislators and school superintendents--adversaries or allies?" SAGE Open, 1–13. doi: 0.1177/2158244013486492
  • Ash, R. C., Hodge, P. H., & Connell, P. H. (2013 Fall). The recruitment and selection of principals who increase student learning. Education, 134(1), 94 – 100.
  • Ash, R. C. & Connell, P. H. (1995). A quality education process: Improving student achievement, People and Education 3(3), 18-22.
  • Connell, P. H. (1984). The effects of the use of microcomputers in remediation of basic math skills. Researcher, 6-9.
  • McLean, J. E., Connell, P. H., Davidson, J., Abbott, G. A. (1982). Minimum competency testing: Inception through remediation of basic math Skills.  ERIC Document Number Ed 226002.

Presentations

  • Co-presented “Predictors of High School Academic Success.” A paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association 46th Annual Meeting, Starkville, MS; November 2017.
  • Poster Display “Educator Satisfaction and Principal/Supervisor Leadership Style.” A posted displayed at the Mid-South Educational Research Association 46th Annual Meeting, Starkville, MS; November 2017.
  • Co-presented “Teacher Satisfaction and Principal Leadership Style.” National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 2017.
  • Co-presented “A Qualitative Study of the Career Paths of Female School Superintendents” National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 2017.
  • Co-presented “Qualitative study: Female career paths to the school superintendency” Association for the Advancement of Educational Research (AAER) Conference, Sanibel Island, FL, November 2016.
  • Co-presented “A Study of Differentiated State Support to Priority Schools in Alabama: What aspiring principals need to know.” A paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association 45th Annual Meeting, Mobile, AL; November 2016.
  • Co-presented “What aspiring principals need to know: A comparative analysis of rural and urban leaders.” A paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association 45th Annual Meeting, Mobile, AL; November 2016.
  • Co-presented “Effects of Reading Engagement on Literacy Achievement for Elementary Students.” A paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association 44th Annual Meeting, Lafayette, LA; November 2015.
  • Co-presented “Five Critical Practices: Leaders Who Improve Student Learning.” A paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education annual meeting, Honolulu, HI; January 2015.
  • Co-presented “Female Superintendents: Career Path Advantages and Barriers.” A paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education annual meeting, Honolulu, HI; January 2015.
  • Co-presented, “The Impact of District Academic Achievement on the Employment Status of School Superintendents in a Southern State,” co-author, Mid-South Educational Research Association Program and Proceedings, November 2014.
  • Co-presented “Five Critical Practices of Principals Who Improve Student Learning.” National Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, July 2014.
  • Co-presented “Opportunities and Challenges of Female Administrators in PreK – 8 Education.” National Association of Elementary School Principals, Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, July 2014.
  • Co-presented "Becoming a Female School Superintendent: Advantages, Challenges, and Pathways.” PDK webinar ID: 776-015-322, June 10, 2014.
  • Co-presented “Teacher Retention and Satisfaction with a Servant Leader as Principal.” A paper presented at the Alabama Association of Professors of Educational Leadership Spring Conference, Montgomery, AL; February 2014.
  • Co-presented "The Impact of District Academic Achievement on the Employment Status of School Superintendents in a Southern State.” A paper presented at the Alabama Association of Professors of Educational Leadership Spring Conference, Montgomery, AL; February 2014.
  • Co-presented “Five Critical Practices for Middle Grades Leadership: A Framework for School Improvement.” A paper presented at the Alabama Association of Professors of Educational Leadership Spring Conference, Montgomery, AL; February 2014.
  • Co-presented “Female School Superintendents: Advantages and Barriers to Their Career Path.” A paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association 42nd Annual Meeting, Pensacola Beach; FL, November 2013.
  • Co-presented “A Middle School Initiative to Develop Student Voice, Interpersonal Relationships, and Intrapersonal Relationships on Students’ Sense of Belonging in School.” A paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association 42nd Annual Meeting, Pensacola Beach, FL; November 2013.
  • Co-presented “Women's Journey to the School Superintendency:  A Qualitative Study.” A paper presented at Kappa Delta Pi Annual Convocation, Dallas, Texas; October 2013.
  • Co-presented “Five Critical Practices of Principals Who Improve Student Learning.” A paper presented at the Alabama Association of Professors of Educational Leadership Spring Conference, Montgomery, AL; February, 2013.
  • Co-presented “Identification of Resources to Reduce the Under Representation of Females in the Superintendency.” A paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association 41st Annual Meeting, Lexington, KY; November, 2012.
  • Co-presented “Monitoring Student Achievement through a GAPSS Analysis, at the Large System Superintendents meeting, Savannah, Georgia; January, 2008.
  • Presented a workshop entitled “Student Achievement and the Muscogee Accountability Plan (MAP)” at the Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instruction Supervisors (GACIS), Fall Conference, Athens, Georgia; 2005.
  • Presented a workshop entitled, “Visionary Leadership” at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Winter Conference, San Francisco, 2004.
  • Presented at the Model Schools Conference in Washington, D. C., 2004
  • Presented a workshop entitled “Alternative Personnel Selection Process” at AASCD Winter Conference in January, 1998.
  • Co-presented, “The effects of an extra year program after kindergarten on students' school achievement and self-esteem. A paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Knoxville, TN 1992 and New Orleans, LA; November 1993.
  • Co-presenter for Total Quality Education Training Seminars, seminars were coordinated through Samford University School of Education and funded by private industry, 1993 to 1998.
  • Presented, “An analysis of aptitude achievement discrepancy formulas in learning disability assessment.” A paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association, Kentucky; November 1991.