Sharon Kruse

Academic Director and Professor, Educational Leadership Chair, Educational Leadership and Sport Management, Washington State University

Sharon is the Academic Director and Professor of Educational Leadership at Washington State University Vancouver and Chair of Educational Leadership and Sport Management for the WSU multi-campus system. Her scholarship broadly addresses two concerns: (1) to help teachers and school leaders better understand the key role leadership plays in K-12 schools, and (2) to explore how education, in K-12 schools and universities, is currently structured and influenced by social and organizational complexity. Sharon’s interests in education and organizational change are an extension of her desire to encourage improvement, the development of communal leadership, and social justice through institutional and systemic reform. Her recent books include Educational Leadership, Organizational Learning, and the Ideas of Karl Weick: Perspectives on Theory and Practice (2019, with Bob Johnson, Routledge), A Case Study Approach to Educational Leadership (2019, with Julie Gray, Routledge), and Mindful Educational Leadership: Contemplative, Cognitive, and Organizational Systems and Practices (2023, Routledge). She is past editor of the Journal of Research on Leadership Education and Director of the UCEA Center for the Study of Academic Leadership.