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William Larson

Associate Professor, Educational Studies
Educational Studies
McCracken Hall 302P

William Larson holds the B.A. in Sociology with complementary studies in psychology from Heidelberg College and the M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Bowling Green State University. He earned the Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Communications Theory from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Larson has served on two occasions as the Coordinator of the Educational Administration Program and also serves regularly as an advisor to educational administration program cohorts. Dr. Larson is the director of the Ohio University Leadership Project, a professional development initiative for practicing school administrators. Dr. Larson's research focuses on the preparation of aspiring and current school leaders.

Recent publications

Larson, W. (2014). Mentoring for school administrators: Leadership Project. In A. Howley & B. Trube (Eds.). Mentoring for the Professions: Orienting toward the Future. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Howley, A., Howley, M., Rittenburg, R., & Larson, W. (2014). The development of a valid and reliable instrument for measuring instructional coaching skills. Professional Development in Education. Retrieved from DOI:10.1080/19415257.2014.919342

Godwyll, F. E., Larson, W.K., & Ahwireng, D. (2013). Challenges of head teachers as instructional leaders: A Ghanaian perspective. Journal of Education and Humanities. Theory and Practice, 4(8), 53-74.  The journal is also published in the Turkish language.

Larson, W. (2013). A professional development project for school leaders: Including investigations of the value of the project to the participants. Association for Regional Campuses of Ohio (AURCO) Journal,(Annual Edition) 139-155.

Larson, W., Hostiuck, K., & Johnson, J. (2011). Using physiological metaphors to understand and lead organizations. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 6(4). Retrieved from

Johnson, J., Hess, M., Larson, W., & Wise, J. (2010). Capital ideas: Understanding various forms of capital and their implications for the work of educational leaders.International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 5(4). Retrieved from

Howley, A., Larson, W., Andrianaivo, S., Rhodes, M., & Howley, M. (2007).Standards-based reform of mathematics education in rural high schools. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 22(2).Retrieved from www.jrre.psu.ed

Howley, A, Howley, C. & Larson, W. (2007). Principals approach planning: The influence of gender and experience. Educational Planning, 16(1), 31-47.

Larson, W., Howley, A., & Burgess, L. (2007). Preparing school leaders to support rural communities of the future. In L. Lemasters & R. Papa (Eds.). The 2007 Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (380-390). Lancaster, PA: Pro>Active Publications.