James E. Barott, Ph.D., has served as a professor of educational leadership in the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) for the past 12 years. Dr. Barott began his academic career at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he was mentored by Drs. Laurence Iannaccone and George Brown. His previous academic positions include serving as a lecturer and academic program leader in the Confluent Education Program at UCSB, assistant professor in educational leadership at the University of Utah, and associate professor in school administration and supervision at the University of Texas Pan American. Dr. Barott has focused his career on the development and mentoring of educational leaders. He specializes in teaching organizational theory, the politics of education and field study research methods. During his tenure in higher education, Dr. Barott has had the privilege of mentoring and serving as dissertation chair of numerous students. He has also worked closely with a number of specialist and master's students. He views his greatest achievement as the important contributions made to field of education by his students. Dr. Barott has published numerous articles and presented a number of papers with his former students and continues to serve as a mentor and advisor and friend to these students. He has received awards for his teaching and mentoring from the University, the College and the Department at EMU.