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Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Education

Office: 2683 Lagomarcino 901 Stange Rd., Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 4486
Email: dwieczor@iastate.edu

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Research interests

Google Scholar Profile at Dr. Douglas Wieczorek's Scholar Page


I research how PK-12 school instructional leaders work within different social, cultural, and policy contexts, guided by three questions.

How do school instructional leaders perceive and/or engage in instructional leadership practices in the context of:

    1) federal- and state-level education policies which are intended to improve teaching and learning processes in the U.S.?

    2) local communities that represent different social and organizational contexts in the U.S.?

    3) diverse, international cultural contexts?

Current Research Projects

Iowa High Schools Study: State- and District Level Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) Implementation (with Eric Camburn and Peter Steiner)

A State-level Policy Case Study of Principals' and Teacher Leaders' Instructional Leadership (with Jeff Lear, Brandon Clark, and Amber Graeber)

The Role of Leadership Content Knowledge in Principals' Instructional Supervision of Secondary Mathematics (with Esther Enright)

Conducting Cross-state Policy Analysis to Determine Predominant Political Subcultures Influencing Teacher Supervision and Evaluation Policy(with Ian Mette and Israel Aguilar)

Personalized Learning for Students and Teachers in a Rural School District (with Justin Gross)

Funded Research Activities

Camburn, E., Steiner, P., & Wieczorek, D. (August 2018-June 2019). Iowa high schools study: Supplemental case study of state-level Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) implementation. $16,000.00. US Department of Education, #R305H140045 (Prime Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison); #835K866 (Sub-Award Contractor; Iowa State University). Role: Key Personnel.

Wieczorek, D., & Reason, R. (2015). Blended learning in a rural middle school. Iowa State College of Human Sciences Pre-Tenure Faculty Research Seed Grant. Role: Co-PI.

Select Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

Thomas, D., & Wieczorek, D. (2019). What did we learn from Race to the Top teacher evaluation systems? AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, 16(2), 18-34. AASA-JSP Link

Wieczorek, D., & Lear, J. (2018). "Building the bridge": Teacher leadership for learning and distributed organizational capacity for instructional improvement. International Journal of Teacher Leadership, 9(2) 22-47. IJTL Link

Clark, B., Wieczorek, D., & Damiani, J. (2018). The cultural dimensions of principals’ instructional leadership: An exploratory analysis. Journal of Research on Organization in Education,2,pp. 47-76. JROE Google Books Link

Wieczorek, D., Clark, B., & Theoharis, G. (2018). Principals’ perspectives of a Race to the Top evaluation system. Journal of School Leadership,28(5), pp. 566-595. JSL Google Books Link

Wieczorek, D., & Manard, C. (2018). Instructional leadership challenges and practices of novice principals in rural schools. Journal of Rural Research in Education, 34(2), 1-21. JRRE Journal Link

Wieczorek, D., Clark, B., & Theoharis, G. (2018). Principals’ instructional feedback practices during Race to the Top. Leadership and Policy in Schools. Online first at: LPIS Journal Link

Wieczorek, D. (2017). Principals’ perceptions of public schools’ professional development changes during NCLB. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 25(8). EPAA video commentary at EPAA YouTube Commentary and archived at EPAA Article View Link

Select Teaching in the Iowa State University School of Education

Res Ev 601: Foundations of Educational Inquiry

ELPS 630: Education Policy and Analysis

Res Ev 550: Introduction to Educational Research

EDADM 554: Leading School Reform

Select Local, State, and National-level service

Treasurer and Board Member.(2017-2020). Nevada Teammates Chapter. Nevada Community School District (Nevada, IA).

President. (2018-2019). Iowa Council of Professors of Educational Administration (ICPEA).

Executive Council Member and Newsletter Editor. (2017-present).Leadership for School Improvement Special Interest Group. American Educational Research Association.

International Review Board Member.(2019-2020).International Journal of Teacher Leadership, IJTL Journal Link.

Plenum Session Representative.(2018-2021).University Council for Educational Administration, Iowa State University.

Honors and Awards

Nominee.Iowa State College of Human Sciences Early Achievement in Research Award.(2018-2019). Iowa State University School of Education.

Dissertation of the Year Award.(2015). Leadership for School Improvement Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.

Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Outreach Award.(2014).State University of New York at Cortland, (Cortland, NY).

David L. Clark Scholar.(2013).American Educational Research Association and the University Council for Educational Administration (Divisions A & L).

Golden Apple Teaching Award Honoree.(2005). Syracuse Post-Standard, (Syracuse, NY).

Professional Certifications and Licensure

Certificate in University Teaching. (2010). Future Professoriate Program completed at the Syracuse University Graduate School (Syracuse, NY).

New York State School District Administrator (SDA) P-12 Permanent Certification, (2006). Leadership preparation program of study completed at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY).

New York State Permanent Certification in Secondary (7-12) Social Studies Education, (2005). Graduate level pre-service teaching program of study completed at D'Youville College, 2000 (Buffalo, NY).

Iowa State University School of Education Educational Leadership Program Information

P-12 Transformative School Leadership Program (TSLP), (M.Ed. with principal licensure) at: TSLP Link

Educational Leadership, Organizations, and Policy Doctoral program, (Ph.D.) at: Ph.D. Link

P-12 Transformative School Systems Leadership Doctoral Program, (Ed.D. with superintendent licensure) at: Ed.D. Link

Featured Media Reports

"Iowa will ask students to critique teachers, classmates to measure school success." Des Moines Register, September 24, 2017 at Des Moines Register article link

"Report shows achievement gap at Ames Middle School." Ames Tribune, January 21, 2017 at Ames Tribune Article Link

"Club News." Nevada Journal, May 26, 2016 at Nevada Journal Article Link


Ph.D., Teaching and Curriculum. (2014). Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY).