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FreemanDr. John Freeman


Center for Leadership and Learning
Crabaugh Room 117
1310 El Paso Avenue
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: 4799640583 ext 211
E-mail: jfreeman44@atu.edu


BA - Louisiana State University A&M
BS - Louisiana State University A&M
MED - Louisiana State University A&M
EDS - Louisiana State University A&M
PHD - Louisiana State University A&M

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Dr. Freeman joined the faculty of Arkansas Tech University on January 1, 2015 as Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of the Ed.D. Program in School Leadership. With 23 years of experience in higher education, he previously taught at The University of Alabama (8 ½  years) and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (9 years) prior to arriving at ATU.  Prior to entering higher education, he served in K-12 education for 17 years as a social studies teacher, coach, principal, and state department official in the state of Louisiana.  He holds lifetime certification in all areas of leadership and is a Level A Program Evaluator in the state of Louisiana.

 During his tenure at ATU, Dr. Freeman has also served as Interim Department Head of the Center for Leadership and Learning and Interim Program Director for the Master's and Ed.S. programs in educational leadership.  While primarily teaching doctoral level courses, he also teaches leadership courses in the Master's and Ed.S. programs as well.

 Since arriving at ATU, he has lead the implementation of the new doctoral program that has now admitted 93 students in six cohorts.  As of May 2020, the program has graduated 57 students, with an additional 14 students set to graduate in May 2021.

Dr. Freeman received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration, with a concentration in Mixed Methods Research from Louisiana State University in 1997.  He has conducted research in the areas of school effectiveness and school improvement, leadership preparation, and qualitative research design.  He has published in leading national and regional journals and has successfully chaired over 50 doctoral dissertation committees and served on over 100 others as methodologist or committee member. While working for The University of Alabama, he contracted with the Alabama Department of Education to develop and implement the state’s Superintendent Academy. Completing this Academy is still required for all prospective superintendents in that state.

Freeman, S., & Freeman, J. (2016, August). The performance art of teaching: How acting skills can help reach students.  Presentation at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Hot Springs, AR. 

Freeman, J.  (2016, February). “Interviewing the dead:” Utilizing historical case study and proxy-interviewing to interpret past organizational relationships based upon LMX Theory.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Freeman, J., & Ellington, L. (2016, February).  Principal perceptions of civic literacy.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Freeman, J.  (2007, April).  Leadership for democratic community: Elementary principals lend their voices (III) to the discussion. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Freeman, J., Alford, B., Murakami-Ramalho, E., Rodriguez, M., Roettger, C., Roettger, L, & Christman, D.  (2006, November).  Voices III: Principals discuss democratic community.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the University Council on Educational Administration, San Antonio, TX.

Freeman, J., Rice, R., Bishop, H., Newton, R., Johnson, F., & Scott, J.  (2004, November). Preliminary results from a university/state department collaboration in the preparation of Alabama superintendents. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the University Council on Educational Administration, Kansas City, MO.

Freeman, J. & Scott, J.  (2004, November).  The impact of manipulating attendance zones on the level of school effectiveness.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the Midsouth Educational Research Association, Gatlinburg, TN.

Freeman, J., Newton, R. M., & Sweatt, O.  (2003, April).  High stakes accountability programs: The unintended consequences of identifying the “worst school” in the state.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Freeman, J., & Sweatt, O.  (2001, April).  The impact of unlike indicators on the level of school effectiveness status over time: Comparisons of schools in two states.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA.

Freeman, J.  (2001, January).  The worst high school in the state of Alabama?: The exacerbating effect of state intervention based on unreliable effectiveness indicators.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement, Toronto, Ontario.

Freeman, J., & Teddlie, C.  (2001, April).  The critical-empirical model: A pragmatic approach for higher education desegregation.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA.

Freeman, J.  (2001, March).  State of the state, 2001: Alabama.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Finance Association, Cincinnati, OH.

Freeman, J., Teddlie, C., & Kennedy, E.  (1998). A longitudinal view of change in school effectiveness status.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Freeman, J.  (1997). Contextual contrasts between improving and stable elementary schools in Louisiana.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the Midsouth Educational Research Association, Memphis, TN.

Place, W., Ballenger, J., Alford, B., Freeman, J., & Blyden, P.  (2008).  

Principals’ perceptions of social justice. School Leadership Review, 3, 46-56.

Roblyer, M. D., Freeman, J., Donaldson, M., & Maddox, M.  (2007). A comparison of 

outcomes of virtual school courses offered in synchronous and asynchronous formats.  Internet and Higher Education Journal, 10, 261-268.

Lull, T., Pate, J., Gibson, N., & Freeman, J.  (2004). Tutoring using the PACE Learning 

Systems to remediate students who fail high school basic skills exams.  Georgia Educational Researcher, 2.  Retrieved from http://coefaculty.valdosta.edu/lschmert/gera/vol__2_no__1.htm 

Newton, R. M., Giesen, J., Freeman, J., Bishop, H., & Zeitoun, P. (2003).  Assessing the 

reactions of men and women to attributes of the principalship.  Educational Administration Quarterly, 39, 504-532.  

Freeman, J., Miles, A., & Kozlowski, A.  (2002). Current home schooling issues.  

Journal of the Association of Alabama Counselors, 28, 28-38.

Freeman, J.  (2000). Improving schools: Performance and potential.  International Journal of 

School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 11, 405-418.

Taylor, D., Teddlie, C., Freeman, J., & Pounders, M. (1998).  A child’s day at school: 

Variations in more and less effective schools in low- and middle-ses contexts.  Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, 4, 115-132.

Teddlie, C., & Freeman, J.  (2002). Twentieth century desegregation in higher education: 

A review of five distinct historical eras.  In W. Smith, P. Altbach, & K. Lomotey (Eds.), The racial crisis in American higher education (pp. 77-99). New York: SUNY Press.

Teddlie, C., Taylor, D., Stringfield, S., Freeman, J., & Pounders, M. (2002). ISERP case 

studies, North America – the United States: Comparison of four differentially effective schools.  In D. Reynolds, C. Teddlie, S. Stringfield, & B. Creemers (Eds.), World class schools (pp. 59-84). London: Routledge. 

Teddlie, C., & Freeman, J.  (1996). With all deliberate speed: An historical overview of the 

relationship between the Brown decision and higher education.  In K. Lomotey, & C. Teddlie (Eds.), Readings on equal education (Vol. 13). Forty years after the Brown decision:  Implications of school desegregation for U.S. education (pp. 7-52).  New York: AMS Press.