FACULTY

Robert K. Wilhite, EdD

Professor of Educational Leadership

Department Chair, Educational Leadership


College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

Dr. Wilhite teaches classes focusing on the areas of instructional leadership, supervision, school improvement, school change processes, ethics and legal issues for school districts. Among his research interests are how to improve schools, leadership methods and styles, literacy and reading, and curriculum and instruction. Dr. Wilhite is chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and serves on several faculty committees in the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. He serves as a member of the Doctoral Dissertation Committee, Peer Review Committee, the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs Advisory Committee, and the College of Education Policy Committee.

Prior to serving Concordia University Chicago, Dr. Wilhite served as an adjunct Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago, Governors State University and St. Xavier University.  He has served as an elementary, middle school, and high school principal at various schools throughout the Chicago area to include High School District 215, District 27, Northbrook, Highland Park, Waukegan, Wheaton, Melrose Park and Edwardsville. He also served as Superintendent of Schools and as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Township High School District 215. He served as the Supervisor of Reading and Career Education in the Waukegan Public Schools. He has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2007.

Academic and Professional Highlights

Publications

  • “Chicago HOPES: Eliminating Educational Roadblocks for Homeless Students” (with L. Safer, T. Kroeger and S. Mann). American School Board Journal, May 2011.
  • “Applying Adaptive Leadership to Sustain K-12 District Initiatives and Challenges” (with L. Safer and S. Mann). International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation 5, no. 3 (2010). 
  • “Principals’ Views of their Role in Secondary Reading Program.” Journal of Reading 27.4 (1984).
  • “Readiness Skills for Kindergarteners.” Lake County ROE Newsletters, Nov.–Dec. 1982.

Presentations

  • “Chicago HOPES: An Educational Intervention Program for Homeless Youth in Chicago's Shelters” (with L. Safer, P. Sims and S. Mann). National Council for Professors of Educational Administration's (NCPEA) Annual Conference, Portland, Ore., August 2011.
  • “Chicago HOPES: Strengthening Educational Success for Chicago's Homeless Students” (with L. Safer, L. and S. Mann). 2011 ASCD Annual Conference, San Francisco, August 2011.
  • “Educational Success for Homeless Students” (with L. Safer, P. Sims and S. Mann). National Staff Development Council's (Learning Forward) 2011 Summer Conference, Indianapolis, Ind., July 2011.
  • “Chicago HOPES: Strengthening Educational Success for Chicago's Homeless Students” (with L. Safer, and S. Man). Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference, San Francisco, Calif., March 2011.
  • “Integrative Learning Through a Case Method Approach to Undergraduate Education” (with L. Safer and P. Sims). ACCA Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium, Chicago, October 2010.
  • “Applying Adaptive Leadership to Sustain K-12 District Initiatives and Challenges” (with L. Safer and S. Mann). National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., August 2010.
  • “What May Go Wrong? Predicting Policy and Program Implementation Obstacles” (with L. Safer and S. Mann). National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., August 2010.
  • “Technology and Curriculum Integration” (with M. Meyer). Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference, San Antonio, April 2005.
  • “High Schools for the 21st Century–Career Paths.” Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference, Baltimore, Md., March 1999.
  • “Career Education and High Achievement” (with D. Long). Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference, Baltimore, Md., March 1999.
  • “A Middle School in Development.” National Staff Development Council (NSDC). Atlanta, Ga., 1994.
  • “A Case Study in Middle School Implementation.” National Middle School Association (NMSA), Cincinnati, Oh., 1989.
  • “Parents in Education – Authentic Partnerships.” Lake County Illinois Parent Teacher Association (PTA), 1985.
  • “Parents in Education – What is a Partnership?.” Lake County Illinois Parent Teacher Association (PTA), 1983.
  • “Effective Schools and Establishing a Climate for High Achievement” (with B. Bowman) Professional Development Program, District 60, Lake County, Ill., 1984.
  • “Are You Ready?” Commencement address given to the graduating class of Wheaton Warrenville High School, Wheaton, Ill., 1982.
  • “What is Reading in the Content Areas?” International Reading Association (IRA) Annual Conference, St. Louis, Mo., 1980.
  • “Reading and the Role of Administrators.” International Reading Association (IRA) Annual Conference, Atlanta, Ga., 1979.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Young Men of America, 1982, 1984
  • Campaign Excellence Award, United Way, 1983
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year, University of Chicago, 1979, 1980
  • Medal of Meritorious Service, US Army, 1970

Memberships

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • National Staff Development Council
  • National Council for Professors of Educational Administration
  • American Association of School Administrators
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • National Middle School Association
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Illinois Principal’s Association
  • Midwest Principal Center
  • Harvard Principal Center
  • Member of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial Foundation Committee

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