Kern Alexander’s current research interests include education finance and law. He has worked extensively as an expert in state school finance litigation. His work has been cited in law reviews, law journals, and appellate court decisions.
He is the Editor of the Journal of Education Finance, distributed by the University of Illinois Press.
Alexander has an ongoing research interest in elementary, secondary, and in higher education administration, finance, and law.
Excellence Professor (tenured) Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002 - present
Interim President Murray State University, Murray, KY, 2006 - 2006
President Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, 1994 - 2001
University Distinguished Professor (tenured) Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1988 - 1994
President Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1985 - 1988
Education Policy and Budget Coordinator State of Florida, Office of the Governor, Governor D. Robert Graham, 1982 - 1985
Professor (tenured) Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Florida, 1968 - 1985
Director Institute for Educational Finance, University of Florida, 1972 - 1982
Associate Director, then Director National Educational Finance Project, 1968 - 1974
Chief Financial Practices Section, Washington D.C., Office of Construction, US Office of Education, 1966 - 1968
Diploma, Educational Studies (with distinction) Two dissertations, Oxford University, Pembroke College, 1977
EDD., Educational Administration, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1965
B.A., English and History, Centre College of Kentucky, 1961
Dr. Samuel Robinson Award for Leadership and Service to Education State Board of Education of Kentucky, 2012 - 2012
Distinguished Education Research Lecturer for 2016 Kansas State University, 2016 - 2016
Recognition of Scholarly Contributions Brigham Young Law Journal, 2015 - 2015
Recognition of Scholarly Contributions Indiana International Law Review, 2015 - 2015
Recognition of Scholarly Contributions Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, 2015 - 2015
Recognition of Scholarly Contributions Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights, 2015 - 2015
Lifetime Achievement Award National Education Finance Conference, 2011 - 2011
Samuel I. Hicks Executive-in-Residence Ohio University, 2008 - 2008
Distinguished Service Award Kentucky School Superintendents' Association, 2006 - 2006
Alexander, K. (2015) Financing Public Schools: Theory, Policy, and Practice (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group: London)
Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2015) The Law of Schools, Students, and Teachers in a Nutshell, 5th edition (West Academic, Law Book Publishers: St. Paul, MN)
Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2011) American Public School Law, 8th edition (Wadsworth Cengage Learning: Belmont, CA) link >
Alexander, K., & Alexander, K. (2011) Higher Education Law: Policy and Perspectives (Routledge/Taylor & Francis: New York, NY) link >
Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2009) The Law of Schools, Students and Teachers in a Nutshell, 4th edition (West Publishing Company: St. Paul, MN) link >
Alexander, K. (2008) Education and Economic Growth: Investment and Distribution of Financial Resources (Linton Atlantic Books, Ltd.: Yarnton, Oxon. UK) link >
Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2008) American Public School Law, 7th edition (Wadsworth, Cengage Learning: Belmont, CA)
Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2006) The Law of Schools, Students and Teachers in a Nutshell, 3rd edition (West Publishing Company: St. Paul, MN) link >
Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2004) American Public School Law, 6th edition (West/Wadsworth Cengage Learning: St. Paul, MN) link >
Alexander, K., & Hunter, R. (2004) (Editors) Administering Special Education: In Pursuit of Dignity and Autonomy. Advances in Educational Administration, Volume 7 (Elsevier: Amsterdam and New York, NY)
Alexander, K., & Alexander, F. (2002) (Editors) The University: International Expectations (McGill-Queen's University Press: Montreal, Canada)
Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (2001) American Public School Law, 5th edition (West/Wadsworth Publishing Company: St. Paul, MN)
Alexander, K. (1998) Money matters: content and analysis Journal of Education 24 (2), 237-42
Alexander, K., & Alexander, D. (1997) American Public School Law, 4th edition (West/Wadsworth Publishing Company: St. Paul, MN)
Alexander, K., & Salmon, R. (1995) Public School Finance (Allyn and Bacon: Boston, MA) link >
Chair, Board of Editors and Editor Journal of Education Finance, 2002 - present
Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, 2016 - present
Adviser to Legal Team Kentucky Pension Funds Case, Adviser to Legal Team, 2016 - present
Chair, Board of Editors Journal of Education Finance, 2016 - present
Member, Board of Directors National Education Finance Conference, 2016 - present
School Finance Advisory Committee National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA), 2016 - present
Chair, By-Laws Committee College of Education By-Laws Committee, University of Illinois, 2015 - present
Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, 2015 - present
Co-Coordinator by contract The Edwin J. O’Leary Endowment in Financial Management, O'Leary Endowment, 2002 - present
Standing adviser and consultant Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding, 1991 - present
Board of Directors and Past President American Education Finance Association, 1974 - present
Public School Finance Study of financing public education systems in the United States; focuses on the social, economic, political, legal, and technical dimensions of developing school finance policy for federal, state, and local governments; relates theory and research in public school finance to administrative practice in budgeting and financial administration. Course Information: Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the College of Education or consent of instructor.
Education Law Examines the range of federal and state constitutional and statutory sources that apply to the constituents (pupils, parents, teachers, administrators, and board members) engaged in public schools. Emphasizes development of legal analytical skills. Course Information: Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the College of Education or consent of instructor. Class Schedule Information: Priority will be given to department majors.
School District Management Advanced study of public school law, addressing legal and fiscal policy issues related to effective management of public school districts. In-depth analysis of federal and state statutes, with an emphasis on recent court decisions and legal trends; emphasizes development of legal analytical skills. Course Information: 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. Prerequisite: EOL 547 or consent of instructor.
Higher Education Law Provides graduate students with core knowledge of the law affecting the administration of colleges and universities. Students become versed in legal issues to enhance administrative effectiveness and to address legal issues that confront the administrator in the operation of an institution of higher education. Importantly, the course does not aspire to invest the student with legal knowledge sufficient to operate without advice of professional legal counsel. Course Information: Prerequisite: EOL 571.