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Theresa Saunders

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

John W. Porter Bldg, Suite 304



Ed.D., Urban Education, University of Southern California

Theresa Saunders, Ed.D.

Professional Summary

Dr. Saunders teaches courses in resource allocation and data-based decision-making. Her research focuses on leadership, resource allocation, and school improvement in under-performing schools. Additionally, she is interested in leadership in charter schools and alternative school settings. She is the recent recipient of the Provost's New Faculty Award and the eFellows Award at Eastern Michigan University. She has presented her research at a number of  conferences and has co-authored a policy brief on school safety for the National Association of Professors of Education Leadership (NCPEA). Dr. Saunders is also a musician, having been a music teacher as well as a composer for choirs, orchestras, and bands; and prior to coming to EMU, she worked as a superintendent in Illinois and Michigan.

Interests and Expertise

  • School Finance
  • Human Resource Administration
  • School Improvement and Innovation
  • School Leadership
  • Data-based Decision-Making

Selected Publications

Social Justice Framework, (for School Reform Office of Michigan Department of Education)

Social Justice in Education, Illinois Women in Educational Leadership Bulletin, Fall 2012)

School Safety: Implications for Policy and Practice, (co-authored, NCPEA Policy Brief ,2013)

Rewarding Careers in Education Panel, (2013 Black Executive Exchange Program Leadership conference, National Urban League)

Michigan Department of Education Principal's Academy, (co-facilitator, April 2013)

The Business of Education, (Michigan Association of School Boards Conference, Fall 2012)

Selected Presentations


  • EDLD 612 Economics of Public Education
  • EDLD 617 Administering Human Resources in Education
  • EDLD 714 Data-Driven Decision Management Leaders


School Finance, School Reform, and Educational Leadership

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Facilitator - African American Young Men of Promise Initiative, Michigan Department of Education
  • Member - National Alliance of Black School Educators
  • Member - National Black Child Development Institute
  • Member - Equity Team, Michigan Department of Education

Licensures and Certifications

  • Michigan Superintendent Credential
  • California Teacher Credential
  • California Administrative Services Credential

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