Biography

Don Hackmann’s primary research agenda focuses on educational leadership preparation programming, including characteristics of tenure-line and clinical educational leadership faculty, program quality, and faculty/student mentoring. An additional research interest addresses the principalship, focusing on effective leadership behaviors and strategies at the middle and high school levels that promote equity and access, including effective supervisory approaches, school improvement, distributed leadership, and promoting college and career readiness.

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Key Professional Appointments

Professor Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013 - present

Associate Professor Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009 - 2013

Interim Head and Associate Professor Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007 - 2009

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004 - 2007

Associate Professor Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University, 2001 - 2004

Assistant Professor Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University, 1998 - 2001

Assistant Professor Educational Administration and Foundations, Illinois State University, 1996 - 1997

Assistant Professor Leadership and Counseling, Eastern Michigan University, 1993 - 1996

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Education

EDD., Educational Administration, University of Missouri, 1983

Educational Specialist, Educational Administration, University of Missouri, 1981

M.A., Secondary School Administration, Truman State University, 1977

BS/BSE, Mathematics/Mathematics Education, Truman State University, 1976

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Article of the year, Journal of Career and Technical Education Omicron Tau Theta, 2017 - 2017

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017 - 2017

Distinguished Teaching Career Award College of Education, University of Illinois, 2016 - 2016

Reviewer of the Year Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 2013 - 2013

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for Research American Educational Research Association: Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership SIG, 2012 - 2012

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students (Sp06, Su06, F06, Sp07), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005 - 2012

Outstanding Faculty Award for Service College of Education, 2009 - 2009

Faculty Fellows Award College of Education, 2007 - 2008

Outstanding Reviewer Award, Journal of Research on Leadership Education Journal of Research on Leadership Education, University Council for Educational Administration, 2006 - 2006

Research & Service

My primary research agenda focuses on the principalship, including effective leadership strategies at the middle and high school levels that promote equity and access and that facilitate improved student learning. Research interests within this area include college and career readiness structures and supports in high schools, the role of supervision and evaluation in promoting learning-centered environments, and school improvement initiatives. A second research interest relates to educational leadership preparation programming. Interests within this strand include characteristics of tenure-line and clinical faculty; leadership preparation curricula, program design, delivery, and size of program faculty; faculty/student mentoring, the quality of clinical experiences; and roles/responsibilities of program coordinators.

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Publications

Hackmann, D., Malin, J., & Ahn, J. (2019). Data Use Within an Education-Centered Cross-Sector Collaboration. Journal of Educational Administration, 57 118-133.  link >

Filippi, J., & Hackmann, D. (2019). Leading Common Core State Standards implementation: Lessons from one successful superintendent Leadership and Policy in Schools,.  link >

Malin, J., & Hackmann, D. (2019). Integrative Leadership and Cross-Sector Reforms: High School Career Academy Implementation in an Urban District. Educational Administration Quarterly, 55 189-224.  link >

Hackmann, D., Malin, J., & Gilley, D. (2018). Career Academies: Effective Structures to Promote College and Career Readiness. The Clearing House, 91 180-185.  link >

Malin, J., & Hackmann, D. (2017). Urban high school principals' promotion of college-and-career readiness. Journal of Educational Administration, 55 (6), 606-603.  link >

Malin, J., Bragg, D., & Hackmann, D. (2017). College and career readiness and the Every Student Succeeds Act. Educational Administration Quarterly, 53 (5), 809-838.  link >

Hackmann, D., Malin, J., & McCarthy, M. (2017). Characteristics of Tenure-Line Faculty in Leadership Preparation Programs: An Analysis of Academic Preparation and Administrative Experience. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 12 (2), 143-165.  link >

Glowacki, H., & Hackmann, D. (2017). The Effectiveness of Special Education Teacher Evaluation Processes: Perspectives from Elementary Principals. Planning and Changing, 47 (3/4), 191-209.

McCarthy, M., Hackmann, D., & Malin, J. (2017). What We Know About Those who Prepare Educational Leaders. Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders (2nd ed.) ( pp. 118-147). New York, NY, USA: Routledge.

Hackmann, D., & Malin, J. (2016). If You Build it, Will They Come? Educational Leadership Program Coordinators’ Perceptions of Principal Preparation Redesign in Illinois. International Journal of Educational Reform, 25 (4), 338-360.

McCarthy, M., & Hackmann, D. (2016). Contingent faculty in educational leadership programs: Trends and implications for the field. ( 3 ed vol. 57, pp. 12-16). Charlottesville, VA, USA: UCEA Review.  link >

Hackmann, D., & Malin, J. Mentoring for the Educational Leadership Professoriate: Perspectives from Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award Recipients and Mentees. Journal of Research on Leadership Education,.

Hackmann, D., Malin, J., Fuller-Hamilton, A., & O'Donnell, L. Supporting Personalized Learning through Individualized Learning Plans. The Clearing House,.  link >

Ingle, W., Marshall, J., & Hackmann, D. The leaders of leadership preparation programs: A study of program coordinators at UCEA-member institutions. Journal of Research on Leadership Education,.

Ingle, W., Worth, J., Marshall, J., & Hackmann, D. The incentives and costs of program coordination in P-12 educational leadership programs. Journal of Education Finance,.

Li, S., Malin, J., & Hackmann, D. Mentoring supports and mentoring across difference: Insights from mentees. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning,.  link >

Malin, J., Hackmann, D., & Scott, I. Cross-sector collaboration to support college and career readiness in an urban school district. Teachers College Record,.

Malin, J., & Hackmann, D. (2017). Enhancing Students’ Transitions to College and Careers: A Case Study of Distributed Leadership Practice in Supporting a High School Career Academy Model. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 16 54-79.  link >

Hackmann, D., & Wanat, C. (2016). Doing the work or sharing the work? The educational leadership program coordinator’s role. International Journal of Educational Reform, 25 (2), 100-124.

Malin, J., & Hackmann, D. (2016). Mentoring as Socialization for the Educational Leadership Professoriate: A Collaborative Autoethnography. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 24 (2), 158-178.  link >

Hackmann, D. (2016). Connections among administrative licensure, provider type, and leadership quality: Recommendations for research, policy, and practice. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 11 (1), 43-67.

Fuller-Hamilton, A., Malin, J., & Hackmann, D. (2015). Racial/ethnic and gender equity patterns in Illinois high school career and technical education coursework. Journal of Career and Technical Education, 30 (1), 29-53.  link >

Thurman, L., & Hackmann, D. (2015). Leading the newly merged high school: Exciting opportunity or overwhelming challenge? Educational Considerations, 42 (2), 1-12.

Malin, J., & Hackmann, D. (2015). Separate and Unequal at Hillsborough High: A Principal’s Challenges in Integrating “Academic” and “Career and Technical Education” Coursework. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 18 (1), 14-26.  link >

Grenda, J., & Hackmann, D. (2014). Advantages and challenges of distributing leadership in middle-level schools. NASSP Bulletin, 98 (1), 53-74.

Fessler, A., & Hackmann, D. (2014). Perceptions of Illinois school district superintendents regarding the efficacy of their superintendent preparation. Research in learning and teaching in educational leadership ( pp. 17-53). Charlotte, NC, United States: Information Age Publishing.

Hackmann, D., & McCarthy, M. (2013). What constitutes a critical mass? An investigation of faculty staffing patterns in educational leadership programs. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 8 5-27.

Hackmann, D. (2012). It’s a different world at the high school: A new superintendent finds competing cultures within the district. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 15 (4), 22-31.

Hackmann, D., & McCarthy, M. (2011). At a crossroads: The educational leadership professoriate in the 21st century Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.

Hackmann, D., & McCarthy, M. (2011). Clinical faculty in educational leadership programs: A growing force. Planning and Changing, 42 183-208.

Aumiller, B., & Hackmann, D. (2009). Top-down and bottom-up leadership: Can they exist in harmony? ERS Spectrum, 27 (4), 9-21.

Hackmann, D. (2009). Book review: Principals improving instruction: Supervision, evaluation, and professional development. (M. F. DiPaola & W. F. Hoy). ( vol. 45, pp. 643-650). Educational Administration Quarterly.

Hackmann, D., Bauer, S., Cambron-McCabe, N., & Quinn, D. (2009). Characteristics, preparation, and professional development of educational leadership faculty. Handbook of research on the education of school leaders ( pp. 225-267). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Hackmann, D., & Wanat, C. (2008). The role of the educational leadership program coordinator: A distributed leadership perspective. International Journal of Educational Reform, 17 (1), 64-88.

Hackmann, D. (2007). Roles and responsibilities of clinical faculty in selected educational leadership programs. Planning and Changing, 38 17-34.

Hackmann, D., & Wanat, C. (2007). Licensing principals: Iowa's preparation reform initiative. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 2 (3),

Alsbury, T., & Hackmann, D. (2006). The changing face of the profession: Initial findings of a mentoring/induction program for novice principals and superintendents. Planning and Changing, 37 169-189.

Hackmann, D., Wanat, C., & Walker, J. (2006). A professional learning community at work: Developing a standards-based principal preparation program. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 9 (3), 39-53.

Schutte, T., & Hackmann, D. (2006). Licensed, but not leading: Issues influencing individuals' pursuit of the secondary principalship. Journal of School Leadership, 16 438-466.

Hackmann, D., & Alsbury, T. (2005). Standards-based leadership preparation program improvement through the use of portfolio assessments. Educational Considerations, 32 (2), 36-45.

Hackmann, D. (2004). Constructivism and block scheduling: Making the connection. Phi Delta Kappan, 85 697-702.

Hackmann, D. (2004). Flexible scheduling to promote personalized learning. Changing the school learning environment ( pp. 73-93). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Klinker, J., & Hackmann, D. (2004). An analysis of principals' ethical decision making using Rest's four component model of moral behavior. Journal of School Leadership, 14 434-456.

Valentine, J., Clark, D., Hackmann, D., & Petzko, V. (2004). A national study of leadership in middle level schools (Vol. 2): Highly successful middle level schools and their leaders Reston, VA: National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Hackmann, D. (2003). The promotion/tenure dilemma: Maintaining a research agenda while developing distance learning teaching excellence. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 11 307-319.

Hackmann, D., D. M., T., & J. C., . (2002). The standards-based administrative internship: Putting the ISLLC standards into practice Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Valentine, J., Clark, D., D. G., P., V. N., ., & Hackmann, D. (2002). A national study of leadership in middle level schools, Volume I: A national study of middle level leaders and school programs Reston, VA: National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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Presentations

An examination of the effectiveness of superintendent preparation: Perceptions of Illinois school superintendents (2013).: San Francisco, CA.

Learning leader or simply a survivor? The principal’s challenges leading a newly consolidated high school (2012).: Denver, CO.

The future of socially just leadership: Identity, critical pedagogy, and dialogue in leadership preparation (2012).: Denver, CO.

The Pathways Resource Center: Supporting student STEM programs of study (2012).: Champaign, IL.

Illinois High Schools That Work sites and Pathways to Results (2012).: St. Charles, IL.

High Schools That Work and PTR project (2012).: Springfield, IL.

Advantages and challenges of distributed leadership in middle level schools (2011).: Pittsburgh, PA.

The new face of the educational leadership professoriate: Implications for leadership preparation programs (2011).: Pittsburgh, PA.

Promoting college readiness through programs of study: The High Schools That Work initiative in Illinois (2011).: Springfield, IL.

Revamping principal preparation programs in one state: A content analysis of the program review process (2004).: Kansas City, MO.

The changing face of the profession: Initial findings of a mentoring/induction program for novice principals and superintendents (2004).: Kansas City, MO.

Licensed, but not leading: An analysis of individuals with Iowa secondary administrative licensure who do not hold administrative positions (2004).: San Diego, CA.

Using portfolios for self-evaluation of an administrator preparation program (2004).: San Diego, CA.

NASSP's national study of middle level schools: Understanding leaders and programs in highly successful middle level schools (2004).: Orlando, FL.

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Grants

Principal Investigator Pathways Resource Center, Illinois State Board of Education, 2012 - 2016

Principal Investigator Perkins IV Consultation and Technical Assistance, Illinois State Board of Education, 2011 - 2015

Principal Investigator Area V Comprehensive, Systemic School Improvement Proposal, Illinois Regional Offices of Education, 2009 - 2011

Principal Investigator Revision of "Introduction to the Evaluation of Certified Staff", Illinois State Board of Education, 2008 - 2008

Teaching

I incorporate constructivist teaching and learning strategies in my classroom instruction, helping my students to develop essential knowledge and skills to be effective school leaders and researchers. I also assist students with understanding how to apply research to solve problems of practice.

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Courses

Supervision of Learning Envir (EOL 541) Methods, theories, and research applying to the supervision and evaluation of classroom practices in learning-centered schools; includes analysis and application of research in effective teaching practices, formatice assessment and summative evaluation, data collection techniques, and professional development.

Org Theory for Ed Leaders (EOL 549) Study of theoretical perspectives and empirical research drawn from the social sciences relating to educational organizations and administrative leadership with an emphasis on application of theory to practice.

Human Resource Management (EOL 565) Principles, problems, and trends in the administration of professional public school personnel; organization of personnel; the legal framework of the personnel function; selection, evaluation and development of staff; collective bargaining, contract administration and personnel policy; and the personnel administrator's role as a catalyst for school improvement.

Program Planning & Evaluation (EOL 567)

Thesis Seminar (EOL 598)

Thesis Seminar (EPOL 591) Designed to take students through the entire process of proposal development, this course is intended for masters or doctoral students who are ready to prepare a thesis or dissertation proposal. Students will learn to use a systematic and comprehensive approach to develop the research proposal and how each step in the research process is related. 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. Approved for Letter and S/U grading.

Thesis Research (EPOL 599) Individual direction of research and thesis writing. 0 to 16 graduate hours. No professional credit. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated with approval.

Hackmann, Donald

Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Contact

Office

135 Children's Research Center
51 E. Gerty
Champaign, IL 61820

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