The Center for Leadership and Learning
(A Center for Innovation and 21st Century Partnerships)


Our vision is to develop leadership capacity at all levels for a future that constantly redefines itself.

Our mission is to prepare and to promote interdisciplinary school leadership teams who work collaboratively to enhance the learning of students and educators, as well as the overall effectiveness of schools. This mission will be accomplished through the cultivation of authentic professional learning communities, the conferment of advanced degrees, the pursuit and dissemination of action research, and the initiation and strengthening of twenty-first century partnerships designed to inform decision- and policymakers at the local, state, and national levels.

Revised: September, 2014


CLL Hosts Shareholder Meeting

September 24, 2014 


Current students, former students and faculty members in the Arkansas Tech University Center for Leadership and Learning (CLL) gathered on Wednesday, Sept. 24, for a shareholder meeting to assess the past, present and future of the center's academic programs.

The Arkansas Tech CLL houses the Master of Education, Educational Specialist and forthcoming Doctor of Education in school leadership degree programs offered by the university.

According to its website, the mission of the Arkansas Tech CLL is to "prepare and to develop school leadership teams to work collaboratively for learner success...through professional learning communities, advanced degrees and 21st century partnerships."

Dr. Mary Gunter, dean of the Arkansas Tech Graduate College and professor of educational leadership, welcomed attendees to the shareholder meeting.

"This group will provide the CLL with important feedback about all of our programs," said Gunter. "We will gather additional information as a means of strengthening and improving our programs to continue meeting the needs of our constituents. The data-driven analysis performed by these shareholders will provide us with an external review and give us insight into trends they see in education so that we can keep our programs current."

Individuals attending the CLL shareholder meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24, included:
  • Dr. Mona Chadwick, associate professor and head, Arkansas Tech CLL
  • Dr. Pam Dixon, assistant professor, Arkansas Tech CLL
  • Laura Flake, teacher, Center Valley Elementary (Russellville)
  • Pam Freeman, library media specialist, Dupree Elementary (PCSSD)
  • Courtney Gunter, counselor, Alma Intermediate
  • Donna Gwaltney, counselor, Russellville High School
  • Amber Johnson, teacher, Danville High School
  • Dustin Parsons, teacher, Bauxite Middle School
  • Judy Pennington, secondary curriculum administrator, Russellville School District
  • Sherry Rainbolt, counselor, Flippin Middle School
  • Keri Rathbun, assistant principal, Kimmons Junior High (Fort Smith)
  • Margaret Robinson, principal, Atkins High School
  • Steve Rose, superintendent, Lavaca School District
  • Dr. Rebecca Shopfner, associate professor, Arkansas Tech CLL
  • Joe Sitkowski, assistant principal, Russellville High School
  • Dr. Ellen Treadway, assistant professor, Arkansas Tech CLL
  • Dr. Christopher Trombly, assistant professor, Arkansas Tech CLL

See the Arkansas Tech News Article HERE

Ed.D in School Leadership
A change in the role and scope of the University was approved, along with the program proposal for a Doctorate in School Leadership, by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Coordinating Board on July 25. Plans to accept our first doctoral cohort in the Summer of 2015 are underway. Please contact the Center for Leadership and Learning for more information at 479-356-2001.